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The Do's and Don'ts of Costumes at Work

Posted by Alexa Rivera on Oct 19, 2021 9:20:00 AM
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Costumes at Work

It’s that fabulous time of the year where the air is getting crisp, and finally, the holidays are creeping up. We know how you’re dreaming of work parties and vacation time already. With Halloween being the first in line, we can only imagine you’re eager to begin the festivities with the most creative Halloween outfit you can muster up—especially if an office costume contest may be on the horizon. Before you get too carried away, we are here to remind you of the Do’s and the Do Not’s of Halloween Costumes in the office.

Leave the Scary and Disturbing at Home

Even fake weapons are a big no, no. Like even super fake. Leave the water guns at home, folks. Additionally, scary costumes are generally frowned upon. You never know what coworkers may be a little jumpy, and if you work with kids, you don’t want to bring on any nightmares!

Policy and Permission

This may seem obvious, but it’s extremely important to get permission before throwing on your costume for work. Yes, even if you’re in the office on the 31st. Furthermore, if you get that OK from your higher-ups, do you have a dress code or uniform policy that you still have to abide by? These are questions you definitely want to get answered before the day of. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

No Controversy or Cultural Attire

Even the most light-heartened and well-intended costumes in this category can cause some raised eyebrows and seriously offend cohorts. As a general rule, avoid any social issues, political ideas, or generally controversial topics to stay in the clear. It is also so important to respect everybody’s culture and not adopt it as your own, even if it’s for a day of dress up.

Ditch the Tight and Constricting

Tight costumes can certainly be inappropriate for the workplace, as you can imagine, but there’s even more to unpack here. Constricting clothing can make for a very bad workday. Hot and sweaty just simply doesn’t mix with productive and pleasant. Keep your costume simple and comfortable to avoid any mishaps.

So What Can You Wear?

We know, all of these cautions may have put a damper on the whole “creative attire for the office” thing. But, realistically we are just saving you (and HR) from not so pleasant meetings and legal issues. The HR department already has their hands full—trust us. As long as your outfit is appropriate, safe, and within policy, feel free to get as creative as possible!

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Topics: Holiday Hours, Workforce Management

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