Dressing up for Halloween can be a lot of fun, especially when you work in an office that’s cool enough to celebrate the annual festivities. And while we don’t have an office to parade our costumes around in, enjoying the fun is certainly on the agenda in each of our respective home offices!
If you work outside the home, however, it’s a fine line between a fun costume that shows off your personality, and wearing a costume that makes everyone you work with feel extremely uncomfortable.
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Here are five rules for celebrating Halloween at work that will ensure you have a good time – without becoming the office fright show or clown:
The boss sets the tone. If you ask the boss and the boss says no, then the answer is no. If the boss says, “Hey everyone, let’s have a costume contest!” then it’s probably in your best interest to put on a wig, or witches hat, and go for it. If Halloween is your thing, but Suzy in Accounting despises it, don’t harass or tease her until she agrees to play along.
Keep your costume politically neutral. Even if you have strong political views, keep them out of the office – trust me – it’s just not going to end well.
Keep it classy. Although the typical office dress code might be taking a vacation day, it’s still a good rule of thumb to stay mostly within the guidelines – leave the Daisy Dukes and Richard Simmons outfits at home, and opt for something that’s more office appropriate.
Keep it functional. Don’t wear something that prevents you from being able to do your job. Wearing vampire teeth all day might be amusing to you, but if your co-workers and customers can’t understand you, then it’s time to ditch them.
Don’t be disruptive. Having a parade around the office at lunch time is perfectly acceptable, how else are people supposed to judge your costumes? But avoid creating your own haunted house in your office or cubicle. It can get distracting to those trying to work around you, and even hinder your concentration.
One last tip, if you work with someone who has a deathly fear of spiders, clowns, or snakes, don’t be a jerk and show up to work in a Halloween costume that will cause a panic attack. Some people do have very real phobias that they can’t contain.
Celebrating the spooky season at work should be fun and light-hearted, not the cause of a heart attack! Have fun and make sure to send us some pics!
So, tell us, what’s your Halloween tradition at the office? Yea or Nay?