40 Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes
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40 Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

Even if your workplace is cool with Halloween costumes, it can become a little tricky to find something totally work-appropriate. A face full of fake blood might be sort of distracting at that 3pm board meeting. If you’re struggling to come up with a Halloween idea that’s both creative and SFW, these costumes are sure to do the trick. And hey, they’ll also totally work for that Halloween happy hour. It’s a win-win.

1. Vampire: Forget the gory makeup and blood capsules — all you need is a large cape, widow’s peak, teeth and some black lipstick. (via Brit + Co)

2. Bat: Keeping the costume minimal for the workplace is always a good idea. They’re probably still expecting you to get stuff done, after all. All this costume calls for is an all-black ensemble with a sewn-in cape. (via Again We Say Rejoice)

3. Aquarium: Hey, moms-to-be, get a little creative this year and head to the office as an aquarium. The costume itself is super easy to make, so you can get back to the important things, like, you know, growing a tiny human. (via Brit + Co)

4. Awkward School Photo: Halloween doesn’t fall on a #TBT this year, but you can still take a stroll down awkward memory lane as a throwback version of yourself. (via Jessica Hische)

5. Angry Bird: The folks at work are probably pretty familiar with this app. Dress up as your favorite bird and try and break your high score. (via Brit + Co)

6. Cruella de Vil: Channel this classic Disney villain with an oversized coat, red vintage flats and some seriously wicked eye makeup. (via @101dal__)

7. Catwoman: This HR-approved ensemble is tame but fierce. Okay, maybe (definitely) leave the whip at home. (via Brit + Co)

8. Ice Cream Cone: Head to the thrift store for a white dress (think: lots of tulle), add the sprinkles and a cone hat and voila! This is kind of the cutest costume ever, and it’s totally perfect for the office. (via Treasures and Travels)

9. Purrfect Black Cat: Cats are always a safe option for the workplace, and this costume is way better than just a couple of painted on whiskers and a tail. Pick your favorite statement necklace and jazz up this Halloween costume staple. (via Brit + Co)

10. Kate Middleton: This spot-on interpretation of Princess Kate is a great choice for the workplace. And there are tons of A+ Princess Kate looks to inspire. (via @awesomejaymee)

11. Funny Catwoman: You’ve probably seen a few crazy cat lady costumes floating on the interwebs, but this costume only calls for your most comfortable fall staples and a t-shirt that does all of the talking for you. (via Brit + Co)

12. Fruit Salad: Who knew that the office break room treats could be so inspiring? Go as a group or pick your favorite fruit from this colorful bunch. (via Brit + Co)

13. Leslie Knope: Just a heads up: Dressing as Leslie Knope will inspire you to be a total #girlboss as soon as you head to work. (via @jordanleighgraves)

14. The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s latest film is just as inspiring as his other works, and the costumes all completely doable for the office. (via Brit + Co)

15. Pink Sugar Cookie: If you haven’t tried these sugary angels yet, you’d better head to the store ASAP. They’re totally worthy of their own (office-safe) Halloween costume. (via A Joyful Riot)

16. Pop Art Costume: This pop art-inspired makeup is actually super easy. You’ll get all the bonus points if you spend the day striking random superhero poses around the office. (via Brit + Co)

17. Cotton Candy: This adorable costume is sure to inspire a sugar rush or two at the office. (via Aww Sam)

18. #FBF Mary-Kate and Ashley: If you’re super stoked about the Full House reboot, pay tribute to the OG Michelle Tanner with a co-worker. (via Brit + Co)

19. Sia: Style an all-black ensemble and snag Sia’s signature hairstyle with this fun and easy wig DIY. (via Brit + Co)

20. Dorothy, The Wizard Of Oz: If you have a pet-friendly office, we highly encourage you to bring your own Toto to work. (via The Joy Of Fashion)

21. Mary-Kate and Ashley: These costumes call for a serious dive into your local vintage store. (via Brit + Co)

22. Mime: This Halloween, put your striped shirt and black denim to good use. The best part? You have an excuse not to talk to that co-worker who you kind of can’t stand. (via Brit + Co)

23. Minion: Rule the world and/or just eat a ton of bananas at work in this casual getup. This DIY is easy to execute and will have your co-workers cracking up all day. (via Brit + Co)

24. Queen Of Hearts: This makeup look calls for items that are probably already in your makeup bag. Just grab a deck of playing cards and get snipping! (via Brit + Co)

25. The Shining Twins: These girls probably have given you a nightmare or two (or ten). If you want to go creepy, this is the perfect SFW way to do it. (via Brit + Co)

26. Sushi Night: Take-out sushi at the office is a beautiful thing. Grab some co-workers and dress as your favorite roll! This DIY shows you how to do it. (via Brit + Co)

27. Superwoman: Put your office wear to creative use with a Superman t-shirt and glasses. That’s all you need to nail this look. (via Sophia Prclsss)

28. Jellyfish: These mystical creatures call for lots of fringe, tassels and ribbon. (via Brit + Co)

29. Hamburglar: With this costume, you’ll definitely be asked to head out on the office takeout run for lunch. (via What I Wore)

30. Pink Lady: Rock an ice-cold attitude and a pink satin jacket at the workplace. (via Brit + Co)

31. Fried Egg: Get inspired by your favorite breakfast staple with this simple DIY. (via Lacey Placey)

32. Kimmy Schmidt: We all need a creative way to manage our impatience due to waiting for the second season to arrive. Dressing as our favorite Netflix lady for Halloween may totally do the trick. (via Brit + Co)

33. Cactus: Grab some inspiration from the plants around the office and show up as a cactus. The added neon lights offer a perfect non-prickly touch. (via Shrimp Salad Circus)

34. Holly Golightly: Play it safe and keep it classic with our Holly Golightly tutorial. P.S. The coffee cup in hand makes it entirely work-relatable. (via Brit + Co)

35. Flamingo: Everyone’s favorite feathery friend gets a sweet Halloween makeover. Who knew that feather boa in your closet could make something so amazing? (via Pretty Providence)

36. Luna Lovegood: We love all of our Hogwarts gals, but Luna Lovegood definitely pulls our creative heartstrings. Make a copy of the Quibbler and watch out for nargles at the office. (via Haruni Tyan)

37. Carmen Sandiego: This mysterious lady was a book fair favorite for any ’90s girl. Your co-workers that appreciate a good #FBF will definitely agree. (via Brit + Co)

38. Rosie the Riveter: This timeless tough girl always makes for a great costume. (via Brit + Co)

39. Pretty Zombie: The feminine spin on this classic Halloween costume is definitely appropriate for the office (and happy hour afterward). (via Brit + Co)

40. Chiquita Banana: All you need is an old headband and some small tissue balls to rock this last-minute look. (via Sugar & Cloth)

What will you be wearing at the office this Halloween? Share your ideas/costumes in the comments!