AVOID WEARING THESE AWFUL HALLOWEEN COSTUMES AT WORK
Halloween is coming up, and who doesn’t love slipping on a fun disguise for a day? But like many things, Halloween costumes can easily go wrong — especially for the workplace. I’m not looking to rain on anyone’s parades, but out of the millions of costumes available, I just have to question some people’s judgement.
Here are seven Halloween costumes that will help drive your employee engagement down:
1. “Sexy” anything
The workplace is becoming increasingly more casual than before, but that doesn’t make it appropriate to come dressed as a naughty nurse, skintight suit, or sexy mailman. There are just some things you can’t unsee (despite how much you try).
2. “Ethnic” [insert noun here]
Sexy or revealing costumes do a great job of offending the eyes. Ethnic costumes, however, do an even better job of offending people. Consider the implications if you’re thinking about wearing that ethnic headdress.
3. Inflatable sumo
Ever tried to sit down in an inflatable sumo suit? If you wear this outfit, make sure you’re planning to stand all day.
4. Work twin
Whether you got their consent or not, dressing up as someone from work can easily take a turn for the worse. One wrong accessory or graphic tee can be misinterpreted as you mocking their appearance.
5. Creepy clown
Imagine the elevator door opening, and this guy is standing there. Nothing else. Just him. Not really how I would want to start my morning, so I’m guessing it would be the same for the majority of the population.
One of my good friends attended a Wizard of Oz-themed Halloween party. No two people were allowed to wear the same costume, so he decided to dress up as the tornado. He pieced together a long frame using wires then wrapped it in cotton sheets. Unfortunately, a long, thin, cotton-wrapped costume resembled something completely different (think women’s hygiene).
7. A chicken
From our very own TINYfamily, Matt recalled his bad decision, “I dressed up as a chicken once and was called the ‘hot chick’ for a while.”
So if you don’t want to be forever known as that guy or gal who should forever be banned from Halloween, keep your costume on the safe side for work.
So let’s all not make the same mistake that Matt did. Because when you do, this happens:
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