Tips to Enjoy Halloween at the Office

Author of Everyday Etiquette, Patricia Rossi, joins us to discuss keeping it classy at your company Halloween party.

* Stay Practical. Remember that if you are wearing your costume all day at the office, you will have to be in it for an extended amount of time and will also have to get some work done. Try to avoid the popular ‘inflatable’ costumes and go for something more practical.

* Keep it Classy. Although you might have spent the entire summer working out, the office is not the place to parade around in fishnet stockings and thigh-high boots. Other items to avoid for office gatherings are low cut shirts, short skirts and sheer fabrics. If you are unsure about your costume choice, ask yourself if you would be comfortable seeing a child wearing the same thing. If the answer is no, then the costume is not appropriate for work.

*Keep it Clean. Dressing up in a humorous costume might be perfect for a weekend Halloween party hosted by friends, but when you work in an office, you must make sure that your selection is something deemed appropriate by everyone. Be sure to select something that does not mock certain cultures or poke fun at different types of races or religion. Make sure your costume can be universally appreciated.

* Easily Recognized. Half of the fun of wearing a costume is having people guess what you are dressed as. While an obscure television character may be a special face in your household, it probably will not be notable for your co-workers. This may lead to confusion for them and disappointment for you – especially if a lot of time or money went into the creation. Try to pick a costume for work that people will easily ‘get’.

* Two drink maximum. If your office throws a lavish evening Halloween costume party, where alcohol is served, it is vitally important to follow the two drink maximum rule – no matter how much fun you are having. Two drinks is the perfect cut-off point, ensuring that nothing embarrassing is said and allowing you the ability to hold your head high at work the next day provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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