All work and no spook makes Halloween a very sad day indeed. Don’t let those fluorescent lights and blah cubicles dim your enthusiasm for the holiday. Whether you’re looking to add a few subtle desk accessories or your boss is okay with you covering the entire office in faux cobwebs, Halloween is too much fun not to bring it to work. From ghost paperweights to chalkboard skulls and enough garlands to go around the office ten times, we’re sharing 17 inexpensive and colorful ways to create a safe-for-work, yet creepy holiday atmosphere.
1. Geometric Ghost Boxes: Obviously the best part of the holiday is the candy — it doesn’t matter how “professional” your job is. These guys masquerade as desk decor until the 31st, when you can pop them open to reveal tasty treats. (via Mr. Printables)
2. Halloween Desk Decor: Even the most conservative office has room for a new desk accessory like a snazzy pencil cup. All you need is a Mason jar, some paint and a few creepy crawlies from the dollar store. (via House of Hawthornes)
3. Printable Trick or Treat Garland: Small and discreet, but still packing a lot of color, this printable garland is perfect for above the water cooler or hanging at the reception desk. (via Sarah Hearts)
5. Chalkboard Skull ($28): Let’s hear it for some decor that actually can be kind of useful. Even the most productive worker can’t resist scribbling a task or two on this guy.
7. Marble Pumpkins: Pick up some mini pumpkins that will last all month long and do some marbling with nail polish. Warning: It’s so fun, you’ll want to make a mini pile for every desk in the office. (via A Bubbly Life)
9. Trick or Treat Typography: We’ll never say no to a classy piece of typography decor. These oversized letters might be exactly what your little office space needs to start feeling festive. (via Ella Claire)
10. Big Booty Freaker ($10): Don’t worry, this guy isn’t just for beer. He’ll keep your water bottle cold during the nine-to-five grind, but then you can take him home to party like a pirate at that Halloween soiree.
11. Jack Skellington Door Printable: If you don’t want to deal with that messy cobweb stuff all over the ceiling, set the mood with a spooky Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired silhouette on the office door. It’s just made out of electrical tape and black paper, so it’s easy to remove when the holiday is over. (via Twin Dragonfly Designs)
12. DIY Graveyard Paper Lanterns: If your office doesn’t honor “bring your pet to work” day, decorate your desk with a few of these spooky decorations and put a battery-powered candle inside to set the mood. (via Lia Griffith)
13. Fall Tassel Garland ($35): Maybe you’re hunting for something more “fall” than Halloween. Go for this sparkly, jewel-toned garland for the office that will set the mood all the way to Thanksgiving.
15. Candy Corn Garland ($11): Save your teeth and hang a candy garland instead of snacking on candy corn all day. Or do both. ‘Tis the season, after all.
16. Spider Web Star ($6): Forget hanging webs and garlands and keep the office chic and stylish with an all-white theme and cobweb-inspired stars.
How are you decorating your office for Halloween? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!