How to Avoid Getting Fired at your Office Halloween Party


To help improve moral, more companies are turning to Halloween parties to allow a little office irreverence and fun. However, just because your office is letting you have fun getting costumed up, it doesn’t mean that you have license to take the dressing up as far as you want. In fact, it only takes one person crossing the line to spoil everyone’s fun in the future.

The key to enjoying an office Halloween party is to find a tasteful costume. Contrary to what your buddy in the cube next to you says, you can do fun and original without going overboard and getting yourself fired. There’s a fine line between what’s acceptable and what will get you into hot water.

Nurse, cop, cheerleader, firefighter, kitty and school girl, for example, are all fine. Turn those into sexy nurse, sexy cop, sexy cheerleader, sexy firefighter, sexy kitty and sexy school girl, and you might not like your boss’ reaction to your creativity. Princess Leia from Star Wars? OK. Princess Leia from “Return of the Jedi”? Not OK.

Women aren’t the only ones who have to be careful. Men, too, have to walk a fine line. Dressing like Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg from their famous “Saturday Night Live” song involving a box is a poor choice. Pulling on the pimp outfit – velour suit, fedora and cane – also isn’t the way to impress anyone at the office.

Remember, this isn’t a party with your buddies; it’s a party with your boss. Common sense is the key to finding a safe costume for a work party, although common sense is sadly not so common for many of us. Think of it this way: Don’t wear anything you’d be mortified for your mother to see you wearing. Or to see her wear!