12 Office-Friendly Halloween Costumes

No matter how laidback and relaxed your company is, figuring out a clever Halloween costume that is also work-appropriate can be a bit of a headache. In fact, it can be even more difficult to navigate the waters of unspoken rules and expectations as you enter the office on All Hallows’ Eve. To pull off an HR-approved look, you’ll want to steer clear from anything too revealing, too tight, too raunchy, or too graphic. 

You’ll either want to strike the fine balance between clever and cute or hilariously funny—which means you’ll have to come up with something well-thought-out. Playing it safe with a work-appropriate Halloween costume doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your originality, it simply means dressing up in something you wouldn’t be nervous to see your boss in! 

So, if you’re looking to steal the show and win the best-dressed contest in your workplace, try these awesome Halloween costume ideas!

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1. Vampire

No need to go all out with fake flood and gory makeup—all it takes to pull off a vampire costume is a quick peruse through your favorite all-black garments for a spooky look.

What you need:

  • Black dress
  • Black cape
  • Black elbow-length gloves
  • Fake fangs
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2. Rosie the Riveter

Let the people know just how “Girl Power” you are when you step into your office as the iconic Rosie the Riveter.

What you need:

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3. Black Cat

Though some may frown upon bringing bad luck into the office, Halloween is all about taking chances! What better way to embody that spirit than dressing up as a black cat?

What you need:

  • Black long sleeve shirt
  • Black leggings
  • Cat tail & ears
  • Painted on whiskers 
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4. Harry Potter

Live out your dreams of attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by dressing up as “the Boy Who Lived”, Harry Potter.

What you need:

  • White button-down shirt
  • Wooden wand
  • Black trousers
  • Black robe
  • Gryffindor scarf
  • Painted-on forehead scar 
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5. Dwight Schrute

Anyone who has ever seen or heard of The Office knows Dwight Schrute well. As Assistant to the Regional Manager, you’re sure to be on the receiving end of countless high fives.

What you need:

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6. Where’s Waldo

Everyone spent at least part of their childhood looking for the ever-elusive Waldo. Though his distinctive outfit should make him fairly easy to locate, it still has a fun, distinctive flair.  

What you need:

  • Red and white striped long sleeve
  • Thick, round black glasses
  • Red beanie
  • Blue jeans
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7. Bob Ross

Famed for painting gorgeous scenery and soothing the soul, Bob Ross is an iconic cultural figure that harbors a special place in any artist’s heart.

What you need:

  • Paint palette
  • Blue button-down 
  • Flare jeans
  • Curly hair wig

8. Snapchat Lenses

Snapchat’s many inventive lenses are capable of turning your everyday face into wildly outlandish creatures in an instant. Our favorite is the puking rainbows filter that turns your tongue into a river of rainbows and your eyes into giant black pools. If you’re in need of guidance, head to YouTube for easy-to-follow video tutorials. 

What you need:

  • Makeup (and lots of it!)
  • Makeup brushes
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9. Anna Wintour

Always dreamed of being a fashionista rather than an office-bound blue-collar worker? Halloween is the best time to channel that energy, even it’s just for a day. So why not dress up as the editor-in-chief of Vogue herself?

What you need:

  • Tweed jacket
  • Sheath dress
  • Big sunglasses
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10. Wednesday Addams

No one does spooky quite like Wednesday Addams. The favorite daughter of the Addams Family, Wednesday is every bit creepy and kooky.

What you need:

  • Black dress
  • White-collared shirt
  • Black tights
  • Combat boots
  • Two side braids
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11. 80s Active Barbie

Barbie’s slogan “you can be anything” is a wonderful thing to remember this Halloween season, especially when you decide to channel your inner plastic doll and become Barbie herself. 

What you need:

  • Pink leggings
  • Black Barbie logo tank top
  • Sweatbands
  • Leg warmers
  • Pink lipstick
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12. Eleven from Stranger Things

Stranger Things has become one of the most popular sci-fi horror TV shows in recent history, and it’s largely thanks to the genius writers (looking at you, Duffer Brothers!) and the performance delivered by Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven. Somewhere between creepy and endearing, Eleven is the perfect Halloween costume for last-minute scramblers.

What you need:

  • Pink dress
  • Blue bomber jacket
  • Fake bloody nose
  • Eggo waffles

What are your favorite Halloween costumes? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  1. As a fitness instructor, I am loving the 80s Active Barbie! I will need to dress like this next Halloween!

    • I grew up during that era and we dressed like that on a semi-regular basis so didn’t feel much like a costume to me. My mom used to say the same thing to me when I would drag her poodle skirts and saddle shoes out to dress up for Halloween!

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