Celebrating Halloween at Work

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Often times, offices like to celebrate holidays and if your office is anything like mine, be ready to celebrate big! Join in on the festivities with your co-workers; just be sure to do so appropriately. In the spirit of Halloween, I am sharing my tips for how to celebrate Halloween at work.

  1. Be Tasteful and Dress Appropriately
    • If you are allowed to dress up for work, be sure your outfit is not racy, sexy, or revealing.
      • Avoid outfits that are extremely short. Wear something that covers your legs the way a pencil skirt or work dress does.
      • Do not show your cleavage by wearing a low-cut costume top or bustier.
      • Try to stay away from outfits that have rips, holes, etc. in them. You still want to look clean-cut at work.
    • Ensure you can still do your job in your costumes. (i.e. wearing so many accessories you can’t reach your keyboard = a non-productive work day and a frustrated boss)
    • Be culturally sensitive. For example, dressing up as a nun may offend some people.
    • Be sensitive to current events. For example, I work in hospital and recently, Ebola has been a very newsworthy topic of great concern to many people. Dressing up in Hazmat suit and walking into the hospital is guaranteed to unsettle people.
  2. Be Cautious with Decorative Make-Up
    • Avoid using bloody/gory make-up and designs that may scare clients/guests/patients/children, etc.
    • Add a little sparkle or some false eye lashes to your eye make-up, but be sure to keep it professional.
  3. Don’t Want to Wear a Costume?
    • Unless it is a costume party and you are “highly encouraged” (a.k.a. practically told) to participate by your boss, it is OK to not wear a costume. Instead, dress festive!
      • Wear black and orange.
      • Add a headband, hairpiece, or a fun clip for a little bit of flare.
      • Wear decorative jewelry such as pumpkin earrings or a skull and crossbones bracelet.
      • Decorate your desk!
  4. Contribute to the Party!
    • If your office is having a party, offer to bring something to contribute.
    • If you are not a good cook or baker, it is perfectly fine to buy something at the store. My advice: Put it on a nice plate/serving dish prior to getting to work so you do not show up with a bunch of store containers 😉
    • If the office does not need food, bring in festive party napkins, plates, or cups!
    • Help decorate the office!

I hope these tips contribute to your Halloween festivities and help make it a positive experience for the whole office!

Happy Halloween!

Sparkle On,

Alexandra

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