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9 Best Halloween Costumes You Can Actually Wear To Work

For anyone who loves fall, Halloween, or anything Pumpkin Spice Latte-related, not dressing up on Halloween seems like a ridiculous notion. Unfortunately, many companies don't allow their workers to wear a costume on the holiday for fear that their clothes will get in the way of their work. Many more companies, however, let their employees dress up as long as it doesn't interfere with getting their jobs done. If you're lucky enough to get the green light to show off your costume to your coworkers, it's never a bad idea to start thinking ahead for Halloween costumes you can wear to work. You may have to tone it down at the office, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise your style or sense of humor. You can always keep it simple and play it safe, or you can have fun with this special opportunity.

Don't pass up on the opportunity just because you may not have full control over what you can wear; you can make a costume out of just an accessory or some makeup if you have to. If you don't know where to start, all you need is a little time, some creativity, and the incredible internet. Halloween is the perfect chance to be funny, scary, or whoever you want to be, so you should take advantage of the celebration.

1. Harry Potter

Channel your inner Gryffindor with a simple scarf and glasses look. Of course, a flowy black robe and companion owl never hurt. Complete the look with a drawn-on thunderbolt scar, and you'll look like you came straight from Hogwarts.

2. A Sailor

Occasionally, you may come across a store-bought costume with a skirt or dress that looks almost business-y in a vintage sort of way. A sailor costume is a fun option, and you can even put together your own look with a white top, navy blue skirt, and DIY the sailor hat. It's the best of both worlds.

3. A Ghost

If you need something quick for a group picture that you don't plan on wearing all day, a DIY ghost is a good way to go. It's a classic costume that works for anyone. Best of all, all you need is a sheet or tablecloth and some scissors.

4. Extreme Makeup

If you have a steady hand with a makeup brush, Halloween is your time to shine. A full face of insane makeup can make a costume of clothes pale in comparison if you really nail it, so go ahead and try it. You can buy cheap makeup or face paint at any Halloween or makeup store, so your materials won't be too difficult to find.

5. A Scarecrow

Most of this costume is already in your closet, so nothing is stopping you from pulling off this simple look. You can draw on some stitches with eyeliner or face paint to add a special effect, but nothing about your costume will get in the way of your busy life. It's a win-win.

6. A Mermaid

Some genius decided that the mermaid look didn't have to require a tight tail that made it impossible to walk. Instead, you can snatch up a skirt or leggings with fish scales and that mermaid shape so you can be part of your own world while you channel your inner Ariel (pun intended). All you need now is a cute seashell top and a lobster BFF.

7. An Angel Or A Devil

These costumes are classic and understood by everyone, so you won't have to answer the “who are you supposed to be?” question a million times throughout the day. You can make this costume out of anything as long as you have a few accessories. Partner up with a coworker to complete the team.

8. Harley Quinn

You can wear comfy clothes while pulling off this look, so you can get your job done while being fab. If you're light-haired, coloring your ends won't be difficult (or permanent), and you need only minimal makeup. You'll look iconic and edgy, but still approachable to your coworkers and/or customers.

9. An Animal

An animal is an easy look to pull off, especially if you're lazy this Halloween. If your office doesn't allow full-on costumes, an accessory is all you really need to look festive enough. Again, you can go crazy with your makeup skills to impress your coworkers, so get creative.

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Gabrielle LaFrank

Staff Writer

Gabrielle LaFrank is a San Jose State University student, published poet, and self-proclaimed diva. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and is drafting her first children’s book. In the rare event she has spare time, she enjoy ...
Gabrielle LaFrank is a San Jose State University student, published poet, and self-proclaimed diva. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and is drafting her first children’s book. In the rare event she has spare time, she enjoy ...

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