Halloween costumes at work: Yea or nay?

With Halloween fast approaching, ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks will soon be taking to the streets with the hopes of filling bags with candy and other treats. But kids aren’t the only ones who like to don costumes and take on the guise of monsters, comic book heroes and science fiction characters.

Some workplaces have parties, allow decorations and encourage employees to wear costumes to celebrate Halloween. It can be a fun way to boost morale and let workers enjoy a day away from the mundane.

Other workplaces, however, frown on the idea and forbid employees from dressing up for Halloween. While that may be understandable in some work settings – nobody wants to walk into a funeral home and see someone dressed as the Grim Reaper – what’s the harm in letting employees get into the spirit of Halloween?

What’s the Halloween policy in your workplace? Will you be wearing a costume this year? If so, what will you dress as? Give us some creative ideas.

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Mike Harrison

October 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

So far two women who work in two different departments are wearing a costume. One is in her mid 50s and she has on elf ears the color of green and orange. The other is turning 71 the same day I turn 32 and she’s wearing a catwoman suit–skin tight at that. She has the whiskers and ears and four inch boots on. When she walked passed the FED EX worker, he almost dropped his delivery packages. She came by my cubicle and purred “Good Morning” in my ear. She made the hallway her special catwalk and attempted to climb her slim, 71 year old self up the walls.
After all this, I say yea to the idea of office workplace costumes and nay to being a bit over the top in the workplace. Plus, the executives in management love her costume and she has no chance of going home since, after all, she owns the company!!!