You probably don’t spend Halloween trick or treating as an adult unless you have children, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up and get festive!

Dressing up for Halloween doesn’t have to require hours of preparation and half your paycheck. You might be surprised to find out that you can make a Halloween costume with items you already have at home. If your office likes to celebrate Halloween by dressing up, we’ve made things easy! Here are 10 Halloween costumes you should wear to the office this year.

1. Superhero

Save the workday by brewing extra coffee and bringing in donuts – all while dressed up in a superhero Halloween costume! Pick your favorite character from comic books, movies, or TV and dress accordingly. You can even put a personal spin on a superhero costume by making your own character.

What You’ll Need:

If you want to go for the generic superhero, you’ll first need a color scheme. For example, blue and red for Spiderman or black and yellow for Batman. Once you have a color scheme, use some felt to create the superhero logo, and safety pin it to your shirt. You might also want these items:

  • Cape
  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Boots

Why it’s Great for Work:

A superhero costume is ideal for your office because you can make it a group costume or fly solo. Whether you want to get your team together to be Justice League, or you want to recreate a Superman look, you can’t go wrong with this idea.

2. Copy Cat

Need a last-minute costume? Be a copy cat! This clever costume can be made at home and it will surely make your colleagues giggle.

What You’ll Need:

First, throw on black pants and a black shirt. Then, on a sheet of paper draw or print out the keyboard shortcut or simply the word “copy” and wear the sheet around your neck. Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need:

  • Paper or iron-on letters
  • Yarn or string
  • Cat ears
  • Solid color shirt

Why it’s Great for Work:

If you’re not big into Halloween, this simple costume is easy, low-cost, and you’ll still be festive in the office.

3. M&Ms

A Halloween costume doesn’t have to be elaborate, especially if you’re wearing it all day at work. An easy costume for the workplace you can even get your colleagues in on is going as an M&M!

What You’ll Need:

The main M&M colors are red, blue, yellow, green, and brown. Pick your favorite color and grab a matching shirt. You can make the “M” logo out of paper, felt, or paint! To complete this costume, you’ll need:

  • Solid color t-shirt
  • Black pants
  • White gloves (optional)
  • White felt
  • Safety pins

Why it’s Great for Work:

This costume idea is another great way to get multiple co-workers involved! Go as a group of M&Ms with your team, or dress up as a single M&M. Since this costume requires only a colored t-shirt and pants, you’ll be comfortable all day long.

4. Unicorn

If you love getting creative with rainbow colors, glitter, and makeup, a unicorn costume is the perfect choice. Brighten up your office with this fun and colorful costume idea.

What You’ll Need:

The fun part about this costume is that you can make it your own unique style. You can pin ears and a horn to a hoodie, wear a headband, spray glitter in your hair, whatever fits your inner magical creature. Some ideas for accessories include:

  • Faux fur
  • Tights
  • Temporary hair color or a wig
  • Jewels
  • White pants and shirt
  • Ears and a horn

Why it’s Great for Work:

A unicorn costume is not only fun to wear to work, but you can wear it trick or treating with your kids and to other Halloween parties you might attend. Unleash your crafty side to show your co-workers your unique style.

5. Minnie Mouse

This costume idea is an adorable classic, and chances are you already have the outfit you’ll need in your closet (or maybe your friend’s closet). You can put your own creative spin on this costume by adding different accessories, wearing a tutu, or rocking some yellow Converse.

What You’ll Need:

One look around your closet and a quick trip to the craft store and you’ll be ready to dress up. Add polka dots to your skirt with safety pins, and don’t forget the signature ears!

  • Red skirt
  • Black or white shirt
  • Black leggings or tights (optional)
  • White felt or construction paper
  • Safety pins
  • Mouse ears

Why it’s Great for Work:

You can pair up with a co-worker and dress up as the Mickey and Minnie duo, or get more Disney characters involved. A Minnie Mouse costume is cute, fun, and perfect for trick or treating with your kids after the workday.

6. Where’s Waldo

You’ve probably heard of the character Waldo from children’s puzzle books. However, Waldo happens to make a great costume for adults because of the simple yet highly recognizable outfit.

What You’ll Need:

A Where’s Waldo costume couldn’t be any simpler. You can buy the shirt and hat from a costume store, or you might even own a similar shirt already.

  • Blue jeans
  • Dark-colored shoes
  • Red and white striped long sleeve shirt
  • Red and white knit cap
  • Circular glasses
  • Walking stick (optional)

Why it’s Great for Work:

You can really embrace your inner “Where’s Waldo” and bring in a book or two for everyone to find Waldo!

7. Tourist

If you want a costume that will make your co-workers laugh, dressing up as a tacky tourist is an easy way to add humor to Halloween! It’s time to dig through your dad’s closet to find wacky vacation-themed clothing.

What You’ll Need:

The fun part about dressing up as a tourist, is that you can add funny patterned shirts and goofy props like a map, camera, or sunscreen.

  • Khaki shorts
  • Hawaiian shirt
  • Socks and sandals
  • Props

Why it’s Great for Work:

Embrace the opportunity to unleash your comedic side in the office with a silly tourist costume. This costume idea is low-cost and can even be put together with thrift store finds.

8. Error 404

Do you work with computers all day? Or, maybe Halloween just really isn’t your thing. Either way, this costume idea is ideal for you.

What You’ll Need:

The Error 404 costume is probably the easiest one on this list. You don’t need an elaborate costume to be funny and festive for Halloween. You’ll only need 2 items and an iron to make this costume.

  • Blank t-shirt
  • Iron-on letters

Why it’s Great for Work:

This costume will get a chuckle out of your co-workers especially if it is relevant to your industry like IT or marketing. It requires minimal effort and planning.

9. Ghostbusters

There’s no better way to get into the spirit of Halloween than sporting an iconic Ghostbusters costume. If you like being crafty and making your own costume props at home, this costume is perfect for you.

What You’ll Need:

From a khaki jumpsuit to the high-tech proton pack, this costume is one of the more elaborate costumes. If your office is hosting a costume contest, you might be able to snag a win with this idea. You can find a full checklist on how to make this costume at home here.

  • Khaki-colored pants and button-up shirt
  • Black backpack
  • Ghostbusters logo
  • Black belt

Why it’s Great for Work:

The original Ghostbusters movie has 3 main characters, so you can team up with your co-workers and make an authentic ghost-busting group costume. You might even want to recruit another colleague to be a ghost!

10. Toy Story Aliens

If you’re looking for a costume that is funny, cute, and easily recognizable, then you should come to the office dressed as an alien from Toy Story. The costume for the three-eyed creatures who live in an arcade claw game is simple and fun to make.

What You’ll Need:

In the movie, the little aliens wear an all-blue outfit with elf-like ears and three eyeballs. Grab a green knit hat from the dollar store and some construction paper and you’re halfway there!

  • Royal blue pants and long sleeve shirt
  • Green knit cap
  • Green construction paper for the ears
  • Large googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun or safety pins

Why it’s Great for Work:

This costume idea is unique enough that chances are there won’t be another alien at your office. This costume is a fun way to connect back to your childhood with a memorable Pixar character.

Why Your Office Should Celebrate Halloween

It’s always fun to be able to let loose in the office and come to work in a costume instead of regular clothing. Host a costume contest with a prize like a gift card for lunch or coffee to encourage everyone to get involved! In addition to dressing up for Halloween, you can have your team bring in treats, carve pumpkins, or do other themed office activities to celebrate the spooky day.

About the author

Gianna Petan

Gianna is no stranger to all things promo products. Her background in research-based writing, linguistics, and advertising gives her an edge in blogging about the marketing industry.