Halloween Costumes for Work: 35 Creative Ideas

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Halloween is just over a month away, and with it fast approaching it’s about that time to get our outfits together. The problem is, what kind of costumes are suitable for the office that will show you have a little banter, but that you can still be trusted with the company card too? Then there’s the worry that although your office encourages fancy dress on Halloween; will you actually be the only one dressed up in the office? I’m already covering my face at the thought!

To ensure that doesn’t happen we have some great suggestions for individual and group themed costume ideas:

Going Solo:

1. Starbucks

Do you love Starbucks so much that you think you’re 80% coffee? If so, opt for this easy outfit – you can get a beige coloured dress, or a white t-shirt and pair of trousers, print a Starbucks sign out and wrap that around your waist. Make a hat out of a Starbucks cup and a straw. You can even go the extra mile and add the shot and milk boxes on your back.

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2. Raining Men

Think more visually, rather than imaging Gerri Halliwell in her “It’s raining men” video. To nail this creative idea, wear a raincoat and attach your favourite men’s faces with a piece of string to an umbrella.

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3. Bags of Jelly Beans

If you don’t mind looking a little ridiculous then choose this super easy costume. Get cellophane with the Jelly Beans logo on it and fill it with multicoloured balloons – viola! You’re now a delicious bag of sweets.

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4. Rosie the Riveter

If this outfit is good enough for Queen B, it’s definitely good enough for you. All you need to crack this number is a red bandana, a chambray shirt, and 1940s-inspired makeup. Oh, and a toned bicep when you pose for your Instagram.

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5. Audrey Hepburn

This iconic costume is perfect for the workplace. Simply pair your favourite black shift-dress with black heels, a strand of pearls, cute tiara, cigarette holder and long black gloves.

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6. Carrie Bradshaw

Have you always watched Sex and the City and dreamt of being Carrie Bradshaw? I know I have! If you too want to follow in the fashionistas footsteps, you can nail this outfit with no qualms. Pair converse with a long tutu and a plain tank top - don’t forget to curl your hair too!

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7. Wednesday Adams

For the full Adams Family effect, pair a white buttoned down shirt, with a black jumper, black skirt, black tights and black shoes. Finish off with two simple, braided pig-tails.

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8. Snapchat Filter

This idea is super-fun for any work party. Forget turning to Snapchat for the pretty filters and become a permanent one. You can make a crown of flowers as a headband, and contour and highlight your face to give it the ultimate filter effect.

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9. Scarecrow

For ultimate comfort, dress as a scarecrow for the day. Throw on a pair of light-wash jeans or overalls, your favorite checked shirt, and boots. Invest in some face-paint to draw a few stitches on your face and a wide-brimmed straw hat.


10. Where’s Waldo

This classic costume couldn’t be more appropriate for the office. Pair jeans with a white and red striped t-shirt, a red beanie hat, round specs and a pair of binoculars for the ultimate Waldo ensemble.


11. Sailor

A sailor outfit is a fun option; you can use anything that’s in your wardrobe, as long as it’s navy and white. Match it with a sailor hat and you’ll be ready to set sail.


12. Ghost

For the really lazy bunch, opt for the classic ghost outfit; use a white sheet, cut out holes for your eyes and that is literally it. It’s probably wise to only put this on for group photos, as it will interrupt your working pattern.


13. An Animal

An animal is an easy look to pull off, especially if you want to keep your normal attire on. If your office doesn't allow full-on costumes, an accessory is all you really need to look festive enough. You can go crazy with your makeup skills to really convince your co-workers that you’re a Lion. 

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14. Superman / Superwoman

To channel your inner Clark Kent or Kara Danvers; simply wear a Superman/woman t-shirt underneath a business suit with some glasses.

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15. Anna Wintour

To walk in the shoes of the fashion queen; simply invest in a good bob wig. A tweed dress paired with a classic cardigan and some staple black sunglasses and a copy of Vogue magazine. In the footwear department just opt for what’s comfortable’ either a pair of classic pumps or kitten heels.

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16. Mary Poppins

This sweet costume is one of the best to choose when attending a Halloween themed event at work. A truly feminine look, this black midi skirt, and a collared shirt are the classic backdrop for the iconic statement pieces from the quintessential nanny. For the ultimate effect add a red bowtie, black umbrella, and black hat adorned with flowers to finish off this super (califragilisticexpialidocious) outfit.

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17. Mime

A simple Halloween mime costume can be worn with black pants, a striped shirt, red flats, white gloves and a black beret.

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18. Gingerbread Man

If you have red hair, this outfit could be very funny. If you’re on the witty side, hang loafs or rolls of bread off you with a sign saying “Ginger Bread Man”. Your humour might even win the costume competition.

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19. Bumble Bee

This cute costume is easy to put together, simply wear a black and white striped A-line skirt and heels, with a yellow blouse, round specs, and a bee headband.


20. Facebook

If you are someone that really can’t be bothered for Halloween, but is forced to wear some kind of outfit. Opt for this smart “costume” that was inspired by Jim Halpert (from The Office). All you need to do is write the word ‘book’ on your face with eyeliner.

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It’s a Group Thing:

21. Fruit Salad

Pick your fruit and get your DIY on with this easy and customizable group costume. You can opt to be a strawberry, pineapple or watermelon. The list is endless – just choose what you like best.

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22. Minions

It’s safe to say that the world is slightly obsessed with the lovable squeaky minions from Despicable Me. If you are one of those fans, nail this super easy and cute group costume for you and your mischievous co-workers. The base of this costume is really simple — jean shorteralls, a long-sleeve yellow shirt, tall yellow socks, a yellow beanie, black gloves and black shoes. You just need to make some DIY eye goggles to finish off the look.

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23. Emojis

For a super simple group outfit, you can all wear black and make cut out emoji’s that cover your entire face.


24. Gossip Girl

If you are a major fan of the hit series “Gossip Girl” channel your inner Blaire and pair up with the rest of the gang to impression the popular clique. You’ll have the excuse to look fabulous for one day – sign me up! 

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25. Game of Thrones

Watch your head if you and your colleagues decide to dress up as this crazy cast of characters. You’re going to need a sword and a lot of faux fur to pull these looks off – but it will look phenomenal once you do.

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26. Social Networks

Is your company big on social media? If so, think outside of the box by dressing up as social media apps. Think Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Youtube, Vimeo, and Snapchat.

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27. Dominos

If you’re on a budget, this is a great group idea. Wear all black and use white take to draw circles on the dominos. If you’re taking a snap, why not all lay on the floor for a cool effective?

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28. Men in Black

Grab a black suit, white shirt, black tie and some shades plus a trusty pug to pull off this costume.

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29. Three Blind Mice

Are there three of you up for a laugh? If so, wear a simple tutu, black strappy top, grab a cane, shades, and ears and you’ll be known as the “Three Blind Mice”.

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30. Rice Krispies

Cereal box characters often get overlooked, but you can recreate everyone’s favorite Snap, Crackle and Pop, and wow your co-workers with your creativity.

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31. Hocus Pocus

You can have a lot of fun dressing up as the mad witches from Hocus Pocus, borrow your mum’s sweeping broom or Dyson and off you go!

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32. Harry Potter

Don’t let your gender stop you from dressing up as the ever-popular wizards. If you want to be Harry, simply buy a wig and draw a zig-zag scar on your forehead.

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33. Grease

If you loved a bit of Rydell-High, make your costume old-school by copying the characters from the popular movie.

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34. Mad Men

Break out your grandma’s vintage furs, some fake cigarettes, and a highball glass. For the men find an old suit with a classic trilby and you’ll have the full cast of Mad Men in one office.

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35. Disney

There’s only one time a year where it’s acceptable to dress as a Disney Princess, at work, so choose your favourite character and enjoy being her for the day.

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These costume ideas are fun and reasonable to create and will definitely make this year’s Halloween party at work unforgettable.

What are you going to dress up as for Halloween? Let me know your suggestions in the comments section below…