40 Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

Even if your office is down 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 translate to that Halloween happy hour.

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

3. 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)

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

5. 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)

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

7. 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)

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

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

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

11. Cotton Candy: An adorable costume that’s sure to inspire a sugar rush or two at the office. (via Aww Sam)

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

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

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

15. 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)

16. 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)

17. 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)

18. The Shining Twins: These girls probably have given you a nightmare or two (or 10). If you want to go creepy, this is the perfect SFW way to do it. (via Brit + Co)

19. 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)

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

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

22. Kimmy Schmidt: We all need a creative way to manage our love of this show. Dressing as our favorite Netflix lady for Halloween may totally do the trick. (via Brit + Co)

23. 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)

24. 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)

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

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

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

28. Paris: You may not be going on any work trips soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend the day in Europe. (via Brit + Co)

29. Step Brothers: Wigs + sweater vests + bromance. (via Brit + Co)

30. Hilary Clinton: As long as your power suit can be accessorized with a brooch and a scarf, you’re in business. (via Brit + Co)

31. Scarecrow: Leave the straw bales at the farm, and put your best overalls forward. (via Brit + Co)

32. Grace & Frankie: What’s not to love about this duo costume idea. One of you gets to dress like an art teacher, and the other gets to sip martinis all day.(via Brit + Co)

33. Clown: Maybe your workplace rules are a little more strict, but you should at least be able to get away with a giant bowtie and a red nose. (via Brit + Co)

34. Ghostbusters: Get the work fam in on the look with a bulk order of khaki jumpsuits. (via Brit + Co)

35. Belle: The apron is the perfect place under which to hide candy during your next staff meeting. (via Brit + Co)

36. Daenerys Targaryen: Going for a more severe look? This will do just fine. (via Brit + Co)

37. Handmaid’s Tale: Easily take the costume off for a legit meeting or work event, and then put it right back on in time for the party. (via Brit + Co)

38. Chill Pill: Remind Helen — whose desk is by the water cooler — that she needs to loosen up when it comes to her noise complaints. (via Studio DIY)

39. Mary Poppins: Your closet likely already has everything you need for this one, and it gives you a chance to wear a floral hat in October. (via Keiko Lynn)

40. Where’s Waldo?: It’s more fun if everyone in the office wears the stripes and you make the UPS guy guess where your desk is. (via Brit + Co)

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