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Group Costume Ideas
Halloween is coming up, and if you happen to work for a company that allows or even encourages its employees to dress up, then you've come to the right place for some ideas.
Costume Themes in This Article
- Storybooks and Nursery Rhymes
- Traditional Halloween
- Other Costume Ideas
There are several things to consider when planning your costume if you're trying to create a group theme. You will want to consider the following:
- How big is the group that will be participating? Does the size lend itself to specific themes? For instance, having a group of 5 allows you to choose a theme that uses a poker hand such as dressing up as a Royal Flush with each participant coming as a different playing card within the hand (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten). A group of three might choose Three Blind Mice or the Three Musketeers.
- Does someone in the group resemble someone famous? Sometimes someone in your group closely resembles someone from a popular movie or TV show. You can use this to your advantage if they are willing to play along.
- Think about the personalities within your group. More reserved people may prefer to dress up like cartoon or storybook characters. More outgoing people may prefer to dress up as superheroes or loud or flashy characters.
- Does the group perform a function at the office that you can incorporate into your theme? For instance, IT people are often stereotyped as geeks with pocket protectors. Sometimes, they get a kick out of exaggerating this feature and dressing the part. Sometimes a group is known as the "enforcers" and they may enjoy coming as witches.
- Sometimes the type of job may dictate comfort. Obviously, a more physical job requires more consideration for safety when choosing a costume. A desk job requires you to be able to sit comfortably in your costume. One with a lot of walking requires good visibility and comfortable shoes.
- Your workplace may have a strict dress code. Make sure the costume you chose doesn't get you fired or sent home for breaking an office dress code or policy. Halloween is about having fun.
- Does the group work in the same area and does this area lend itself to unique or unusual decorating ideas? Sometimes the work area may remind you of something that allows you to create a theme around it. For example, our workspace had walkways that meandered around reminding someone of the Candyland board game. The workers then put brightly colored squares on the floor and each dressed as a Candyland character.
These are a few TV-related group Halloween costume ideas:
- MTV's America's Best Dance Crew Contestants: If you have a young energetic group, you may want to dress up as a dance crew. A group easy to resemble would be the Jabbawockeez with their plain white masks.
- Dancing With the Stars Contestants: Great for mixed groups where you have the ability to put people into couples.
- Popular TV Show Families and Friends: The Beverly Hillbillies, The Simpsons, Roseanne, The Cosby's, Cheers, Gilligan's Island, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Taxi, I Love Lucy, etc.
- TV Game Shows: You can have hosts and guests on The Price is Right, Let's Make a Deal, Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? etc.
- American Idol or America's Got Talent Judges and Contestants: You can have some portraying judges, some portraying popular winners and contestants from previous years, and some portraying really bad new talent.
Storybooks and Nursery Rhymes
These are a few Storybook character and Nursery rhyme-related group Halloween costume ideas:
- Dr. Seuss Characters: Dr. Seuss has many memorable characters, but you can create many more in the same style.
- Little Bo Peep: This is a relatively easy one to do. You usually only need to create a shepherd's staff and three to four fluffy white or black sheep to accompany Little Bo Peep.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Obviously, this theme lends itself well to a group of 8. Let the personalities of the group determine which one gets which character.
- Hey Diddle Diddle: This works well for a group of four or five. You can have a cat with a fiddle, a moon, a cow, a dish, and a spoon.
This group of ideas is based off of popular movies:
- Gone With the Wind: A chance for the gang to wear southern belle costumes
- Wizard of Oz: This theme allows for a great bunch of characters. You can have Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow. Then your secondary characters are the Wicked Witch, Glenda, the Good Witch, flying monkeys, the Wizard, munchkins, etc.
- The Breakfast Club: This is a cute theme for younger people who probably haven't even seen the popular 80s movie.
- Star Wars & Star Trek: Fun theme for character acting.
- Men in Black or Blues Brothers: Fun idea if you have a couple of guys who really enjoy wearing suits and wearing sunglasses.
- Harry Potter: The Harry Potter series of movies has many characters to choose from. Our office utilized this theme a couple of years ago and we probably had 40 people participating and we didn't have two of any character.
- Alice in Wonderland: This is a fun idea for a group of people where the decorations are almost as fun.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: This is your chance to really play up the pirate theme.
- Toy Story: This is a great movie to re-create characters from. You have Woody, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, Toy Soldiers, Mutant toys, and many more.
- Grease: Fun theme to incorporate '50s-themed decorations and costumes. You can choose to have a pajama party or recreate a sock-hop atmosphere.
Music-related costume ideas include:
- The Village People: This is a cute idea for a group of four to six (characters include the police officer, the Native American Indian, the cowboy, the biker, the construction worker, and the G.I.).
- Rock Bands: '80s hairbands are always fun to imitate along with Madonna, Cindy Lauper, KISS, Cher, Michael Jackson, etc.
- Music Videos: You can choose to dress up as characters from popular music videos. Anything by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Beat It" comes to mind.
- Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers: Lots of people like to do exaggerated caricatures of these famous country artists. You can throw in other miscellaneous country stars that co-workers might resemble.
- Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: A fun twist on this one would be for four people to dress as Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Traditional Halloween Themes
The following is a list of traditional Halloween group themes:
- Witches: You can stick with the wart-faced hag-type witches or go for a sweet more colorful witch. Find or make a cauldron. Have traditional broomsticks or opt for modernized versions using the Swiffer or stick vacuums for a laugh.
- Ghosts & Mummies: Many an old white sheet has been transformed into a ghost or a mummy with a few snips of the scissors.
- Vampires: A black cape and some fangs with a few drops of fake blood, and some pasty make-up work wonders for creating the vampire look.
- Frankenstein & Monsters: Frankenstein is a great character to portray, but just about any ghoulish monster you can dream up works well too.
Other Costume Ideas
More costume ideas for a group are:
- McDonald's Happy Meal: Turn a cubicle, office, or area into a McDonald's Happy Meal box. Participants can then dress up as Happy Meal toys (Ty beanie babies, Barbie dolls, Transformers, any movie character), McDonald's fries, burgers, drinks, nuggets, etc.
- A Bee Hive: A fun way to have a boss (the queen bee wearing a crown) and her worker bees (wearing hard hats and tool belts).
- Hospital Staff: A great opportunity to dress up as doctors and nurses. Some people can be patients.
- Sports teams or Team Fans: This idea allows the group to wear their favorite team's jerseys. They can either portray the players themselves or crazy fans. You could also play the cheerleaders of this group. A popular example might be Dallas Cowboys fans and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
- 7 Deadly Sins: The seven deadly sins are a popular choice for groups of 7. They are Envy/Jealousy, Sloth, Greed, Wrath, Gluttony, Lust, and Pride/Vanity.
- Circus: A circus theme has so many possibilities. You can have a ringmaster. You can have trapeze artists, you can have animals of all kinds. Clowns are a given.
- Cowboys and Indians or Pilgrims and Indians: The Thanksgiving feast with pilgrims and Indians can be a cute theme for a group that hasn't done much.
- '20s Gangsters and Flapper Girls: This can be a cute idea for groups that like to dress sharply. You can have gangsters with machine guns and flapper girls.
Happy2Day on June 15, 2012:
Wow! For a second there I thought you had to work at the same company I do :)
Great ideas for this year's party Thanks!
KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 11, 2011:
Thank you AnkushKohli! Hope you enjoy your Halloween!
Ankush Kohli from India on October 11, 2011:
Excellent Ideas! It is around corner now and I was actually looking for some of these. Thanks for helping out.
KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 23, 2011:
Thank you RachieH! Halloween will be here before you know it!
RachieH on September 23, 2011:
I love the Alice and Wonderland idea, as well as the Queen Bee and Worker Bees :) Nice Hub! Voted Up
KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 21, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by, LittlePayday! I hope you talk them into it!
KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 02, 2011:
Thank you Angemac23 and SnapHappy!
SnapHappy from U.S.A. on September 02, 2011:
Wonderful hub, thank you for sharing your ideas. Love your profile picture too!
angemac23 from Canada on August 06, 2011:
You have some very good ideas!
KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 30, 2010:
That is a cute idea, Trinsick! Thanks for sharing.
Trinsick from Cali on October 30, 2010:
I really liked something someone did this year, they came as a youtube video, it was hilarious.
KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 29, 2010:
Thank you Richard! We celebrated today where I work and we had lots of great costumes. Top honors went to the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts.
Richard Thomas on October 29, 2010:
Great hub - full of ideas! thanks so much for sharing.
KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 25, 2010:
Awww Steph! I love dressing up with co-workers. It's fun to watch other personalities emerge once they are behind a costume.
Thank you giwrgos12!
Thank you both for stopping by and leaving a comment!
giwrgos12 from San Diego on October 25, 2010:
Well I must say you did a great job.. Thanks for sharing useful ideas!!
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on October 24, 2010:
I love Halloween, but I just cannot bring myself to dress up at the office. I figure I already work with witches and monsters... LOL
Fun hub though!
KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 22, 2010:
I think it's about 50/50 in participation here in Central Texas, but if you look at the Halloween store, they have more adult-sized costumes and themes than they do for small kids. My husband has only been in the states here (from England) for 4 years and he finds it fascinating as well. He has a Guy Fawkes costume he wears each year and told us the story and we "celebrate" Nov 5th with fireworks and sometimes a small fire where we have been known to burn a scarecrow. :)
2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on October 22, 2010:
This Hub is very interesting for us, as we live in England. Halloween is just becoming popular for kids - but not adults.
Pat lived in the USA as a child, but it now appears that in America the Halloween focus has shifted to adults. What do you think?
KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 06, 2010:
I agree, Qualifydisability, that it can be fun to be surprised. Luckily, were I work the various departments do not reveal their themes. So, we still have a surprise Halloween morning. Now, it's just at a bigger scale.
qualifydisability from Irvine, CA on October 06, 2010:
You have a lot of good ideas here for group costumes, but I think part of the fun of Halloween parties (office parties or otherwise) is being surprised by what people are dressed as. If you all go as the same thing, it wouldn't be as fun.
KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 05, 2010:
Thank you SteveoMc! That's the nice thing about dressing up. The more accessories you utilize the less you look like yourself and then there's no need to be embarassed or shy. :) Wigs, glasses, even masks help.
Yes, Austinstar, I do love Halloween. It's my favorite holiday. I enjoy it more than Christmas. Those are great ideas based on your work environment.
Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 05, 2010:
You like Halloween as much as I do, don't you? It's so much fun!
I work in a lab and like to dress up like a mad scientist, but I also work with blood, so vampires are a natural. It's easy to do face makeup, and works at work. I also collect bats for my blood bank. Fun!
SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on October 05, 2010:
Lots of great ideas, I wouldn't have the guts to do any of it, but since I have no hair to speak of, I might wear a wig. LOL