Office Party Halloween Costume Ideas

The horror…THE HORROR!

If you’re truly terrified at the prospect of dressing up for yet another Halloween party for work, keep reading.  PrideStaff has put together this list of easy, fun and, yes, office-appropriate costume ideas just for you:

Tongue-in-Cheek Ideas:

The Phantom of Unfinished Paperwork

If your company is haunted by ominous piles of paperwork, have some fun with your forms.  Print off a bunch of different blank office forms and write words like “Denied,” “Rejected” or “Overdue” in bold red marker on each.  Staple the papers to an inexpensive shirt and pants (or skirt and oversized, hooded top, for a phantom-like effect).  Cover yourself in paperwork.  Top off the costume with a ghoulish mask and you’ll terrify your co-workers for sure.

Lying Down on the Job

Show up as the ultimate office slacker!  Grab a pillow, blanket and nightcap – and then get in character.  Pick a comfortable cubicle or desk and settle in for a work-time nap.

Traditional Costume Ideas:


While big foamy costumes can be hot and awkward, with a little creativity you can still show up dressed as your favorite food.  Pair up with a friend and go as peanut butter and jelly.  All you need are a pair of colored sweat suits.  Use a fabric marker to draw product labels on the shirt fronts. 

Fruits and vegetables are also relatively simple.  Again, start with a colored sweat suit and add fake leaves and vines (or colored balloons for berries, grapes, etc.).   Use fabric markers for additional details like seeds and you’ll look good enough to eat.

Cartoon Characters

Feeling funny?  Why not dress up as your favorite animated personality?  Cartoon characters, especially classics like Fred and Wilma Flintstone, are popular choices.  Most Halloween costume stores carry pre-packaged versions that are ready to wear.  Other options include Mickey Mouse, the Smurfs, Superman and other superheroes.

Last-Minute Costume Ideas:

Printable Halloween Masks

If dressing up isn’t your thing, you can always just download and print one of Forbes Magazine’s “scary” Halloween masks.  They have a huge collection of printable masks of celebrities and political figures (we recommend choosing a celebrity for an office party).

One Final Note

While your Halloween party is undoubtedly meant to be fun, remember that an office party is not the place to wear a revealing, controversial or exceptionally gruesome costume.  When in doubt, err on the side of caution.

Enjoy your Halloween office party – and Happy Halloween from all of us at PrideStaff!