Halloween Costumes for Work: 35 Creative Ideas

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The Halloween season is upon us, and you know what that means, right? Time to think of fresh ideas and get your outfit sorted.

While costume hunting is increasingly difficult, finding something that’s both in spirit but suitable for your office soirée is even more confusing! You want to show that 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

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Do you love Starbucks so much that you think you’re 80% coffee? If so, opt for this easy outfit. To perfect the look, grab a beige coloured dress, or a white t-shirt and pair of trousers, purchase a Starbucks sign out and wrap that around your waist. To finish the look, make a hat out of a plastic cup and a straw. To resemble an actual Starbucks cup, you can even go the extra mile and add a checklist with coffee shots and milk boxes on your back.

2. Raining Men

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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 top celebrity crushes’ faces with a piece of string to a clear bubble umbrella. The plus side? You can even reuse the umbrella once Halloween is over with!

3. Bags of Jelly Beans

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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.

4. Rosie the Riveter

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If the Rosie the Riveter 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 snap.

5. Audrey Hepburn

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

6. Carrie Bradshaw

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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!

7. Wednesday Adams

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

8. Snapchat Filter

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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.

9. Scarecrow


For ultimate comfort, dress as a scarecrow for the day. Throw on a pair of light-wash jeans or overalls; your favourite checked shirt and pair with cowboy 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 regular working pattern.

13. An Animal

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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 like a headband is all you really need to look festive. To really convince your co-workers that you're a lion, put your makeup skills into practice.

14. Superman / Superwoman

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

15. Anna Wintour

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To walk in the shoes of the fashion queen; simply invest in a good bob wig. For the full effect, wear  a tweed dress paired with a classic cardigan, some staple black sunglasses and don't forget your copy of Vogue magazine. In the footwear department just opt for what’s comfortable’ either a pair of classic pumps or kitten heels.

16. Mary Poppins

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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 collared shirt are the classic backdrop for the iconic statement pieces from the quintessential nanny. For the ultimate effect add all the essential Mary Poppins accessories including a red bowtie, black umbrella and black hat adorned with flowers to finish off this super (califragilisticexpialidocious) outfit.

17. Mime

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

18. Gingerbread Man

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

19. Bumble Bee


This cute bumblebee 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

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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 black eyeliner.

It’s a Group Thing:

21. Fruit Salad

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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.

22. Minions

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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.

23. Emojis


For a super simple group outfit, you can all wear black and make cut out emoji’s that cover your entire face or opt for a ready-made costume.

24. Gossip Girl

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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! 

25. Game of Thrones

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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.

26. Social Networks

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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.

27. Dominos

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

28. Men in Black

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

29. Three Blind Mice

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If you and your work besties are up for a laugh, why not dress up as the “Three Blind Mice"? To nail this look, wear a simple tutu, black strappy top, grab a cane, shades, and ears.

30. Rice Krispies

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

31. Hocus Pocus

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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!

32. Harry Potter

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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.

33. Grease

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

34. Mad Men

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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.

35. Disney

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There’s only one time a year where it’s acceptable to dress as a Disney Princess, unless you work for Disney, of course! So, choose your favourite character and enjoy being her for the day. 

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 us know your suggestions in the comments section below.