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Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Appropriate to Wear to Work

Updated on May 17, 2016
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Workplace-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

You've come to the right place if you're looking for work-appropriate Halloween costume ideas. Over the years, I've gone as a housewife, an alien, a clown, a gypsy fortune teller, an Indian, a hobo, a cow, an oversized kid, a witch, an old lady, a Ty Beenie Baby, and more. Below, you'll find a list of things to consider, some great costume ideas, and links to other articles on Halloween topics.

Costumes You Probably Already Have or Are Easy to Get

Easy costumes you can create from things you probably already have:

  • Housewife/Househusband. This was one of the comfiest costumes I've ever worn to work. I wore my gown, housecoat, and big slippers. I carried around a new flyswatter, had my hair in those pink foam curlers, and wore white make-up to simulate cold cream. I made it on the front page of the local newspaper that year with that costume.

  • Alien. You can get away with wearing virtually anything bright or shiny with this one. I took an old t-shirt and drizzled bright fabric paint all over it, wore bright warm-up pants, outrageously colorful toe socks, flip flops, and a bright colored wig with antennae. A caulking gun covered in aluminum foil was my ray-gun.

  • Gypsy or Fortune-Teller. A flowing broomstick skirt, a bright non-matching shirt, a dozen bangle bracelets, and a scarf or two makes you a gypsy fortune teller. I bought a clear round light fixture at Home Depot to serve as a crystal ball. I found a light that changed colors that just happened to fit underneath it and added a handful of pillow stuffing and created a glowing smoky crystal ball.

  • Chef/Cook. If you've got an apron, a mixing bowl, and a wooden spoon, you can become a chef.

  • Hobo. Old clothes are perfect for converting to a hobo costume. You can find jackets at garage sales or thrift stores. Sew or glue some patches on—a few whip stitches is all it takes. Get some gloves that you can cut the fingers off of. Blacken your face to create the stubble-look. A stick with a bandana on the end works well for a prop.

  • Clown. Colorful clothing, a few balloons, and red cheeks and nose is all you need to become a clown. Half a yard of colorful gathered trim works well for a clown collar.

  • Scarecrow. Overalls work great for this, but if you don't have overalls, suspenders will do. A checkered or plaid shirt, straw hat, jeans with patches, and some raffia are all you need. Use a black eyeliner pencil to create some stitching on your face.

  • Hillbilly. An inexpensive pair of Bubba teeth and some torn jeans and shirt is all it takes. Maybe a straw hat and a piece of hay for your mouth.

  • Cowboy/Cowgirl. Jeans, hat, boots, and a bandana: Add a number pinned to your shirt and you become a rodeo cowboy.

  • Marathon Runner/Cyclist. Pair jogging shorts with tennis shoes and a paper number pinned to your tank top.

  • Hippie. Brightly colored or tie-dyed shirt, bellbottom jeans, round sunglasses, bandana, and flowers or a headband for your hair. Don't forget the peace signs.
  • Doctor, Nurse, or Vet. You can usually find inexpensive scrubs at Goodwill. Add a few accessories such as a stethoscope, clipboard, etc. Throw in a stuffed cat or dog and you become a vet.

Themed Halloween Costume Ideas for Groups

These will have to be tailored to fit the size of your office staff.

  • Disney Characters. I've seen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, etc.
  • Cartoon Characters. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Machine gang, Spongebob, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, etc.
  • TV & Movie Characters. Spongebob, Harry Potter, the Wizard of Oz, Ghostbusters, etc.
  • Kids Games. Candyland, Monopoly, Dominoes (see photo).
  • Cowboys (or Pilgrims) and Indians. You can create all types of scenes with cactus, saloons, and cutouts of covered wagons. For the Pilgrims/Indians, you can set a Thanksgiving table.
  • Circus. You'll need animals, sideshow attractions, lion tamers, clowns, cotton candy and peanut vendors, trapeze artists, etc.
  • Cirque du Soleil. Almost anything bizarre and theatrical would work here. This is a great theme for using your imagination.
  • Dr. Seuss. You can recreate all kinds of his book's characters including the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, the Grinch, the Lorax, Whos, etc.

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How to Choose a Work-Appropriate Costume

Some things to consider when choosing a costume to wear to work are:

  • Comfort? If you're going to be wearing this costume for 8+ hours, you definitely want it to be comfortable. Comfort encompasses a lot of things. Will the costume be too hot to wear all day? Will it be too cool? Fairy princesses don't usually wear sweaters. Can you sit at your desk with the costume on? Those lovely feathered angel wings and halo may look cute at 7 a.m., but can you sit at your desk all day in them? Can you safely drive to and from work in your costume?
  • Makeup or Mask? Experiment with the makeup beforehand if you're planning to wear it. See how many hours you can last without going crazy. You need to know how your face is going to feel. Some of the heavier makeups can get irritating by the end of the day. If you wear a mask, make sure it doesn't limit your ability to see, breathe, or drive. It would be best if you didn't put it on until you got to work. While wearing a mask, make sure you can still perform your job duties. Condensation from your breathing can also build up under masks if you wear them too long. There are some great Halloween make-up tutorials that have videos from some of the best in the biz to show you how to create some fantastic looks. See the links below.

  • Suitable for the Workplace? You would think I wouldn't have to say this, but I do. There are lots of sexy costumes out there, and most are not appropriate for work. Use some common sense about what is appropriate. Think about the types of people your office interacts with and if they would be offended by your costume. If you have a lot of interaction with the public, this is critical. Please remember that you are still representing your company. Make sure you look respectable.

  • Themes? Sometimes themes can create a fun atmosphere at work. Think about the layout of your office. Does it lend itself to certain themes? For instance, we once utilized a row of cubicles to create Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movies. Each cubicle represented one of the shops and we all dressed up as shop owners. We turned off the lights, leaving only dim lamps and played the theme music from the movie. An IT department downstairs had some meandering hallways that were easily converted to small haunted houses that we were able to tour on breaks or lunchtime. Sometimes, your theme can be determined by the number of people in your department. If you have three people, you can become the three little pigs, three blind mice, the three musketeers. You get the idea.

My Experiences with Halloween at Work

I've been fortunate to work for employers who enjoy the fun of Halloween and also enjoy giving back to the community.

One employer hosted a trick-or-treating event for handicapped and under-privileged children. These children often missed out on the traditional Halloween activities because of their handicaps. On Halloween, the children were bused to our workplace and the entire office dressed up and passed out candy to them. Many of them couldn't walk and were wheeled through in wheelchairs and wagons. You could tell from the looks on their faces that they loved our costumes and the fun atmosphere.

Another employer participates sponsors a local elementary school campus and holds money-raising events all year to fund projects for this particular school. At Halloween, the children are bused to our location to trick-or-treat while we are fully decked-out in themed costumes.

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      Virginia Allain 4 months ago from Central Florida

      You have some solid suggestions here. I worked in a library and the staff liked to dress up for Halloween. My assistant director (a man) came dressed as Mother Goose one time using the props and costume that we had in our storyhour collection. Too funny.

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      SJ9190 3 years ago

      Great idea. I had no any information regarding this.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Great ideas- have linked this to my pumpkin hub

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      Haydee Anderson 4 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Fun hub! Love the sock monkey costume. Voted up!

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      KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Christine S, Travelwyse and GmaGoldie for stopping by.

      Gma.....you are never too old for Halloween and costumes! All of the women in the domino shirts are over 40! I'm over 40 and here I sit today dressed up like a Ty Beanie Baby!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I am over 21 and therefore too old for costumes but oh, how I love this holiday. What a fantastic hub! Great ideas and more!

      PS I might wear the domino shirt - love the team effort - too cool!

    • Travelwyse 5 years ago

      Love your ideas! such a difficult theme to cover! At my office we're going for a deadly sins theme! Voted up :)

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      Christine S 5 years ago from Australia

      You have some really great costume ideas here. With political correctness gone mad these days, we really do have to think about what we wear and your ideas are like NewOrleansFlair says, creative yet simple.

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      KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

      NewOrleansFlair, I think the key is making sure the dots are big enough. Having more than one person doing it helps too.

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      NewOrleansFlair 5 years ago from Louisiana

      How creative yet simple. I will definitely consider being a domino at the office this year.

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      KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, ScottS.....when I think of Chefs I think of Gordon Ramsay. You could talk with a British accent and every other word as a beep. :) Gotta love Gordon. Of course, you go as Gordon when a restaurant owner got even.

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      ScottS 5 years ago from Windermere, BC

      Great suggestions! What do you recommend for a Chef? Should I just splatter myself in blood and go as a murdered chef? I think that is a good idea.

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      KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Jeannieinabottle! That's certainly a consideration when choosing a costume. Make sure you're going to still be comfy by the end of the day.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are great ideas. We are allowed to dress up at our office. I was Snooki from the Jersey Shore last year for Halloween. The only problem was, all the fake tanner started to smell gross by the end of the day. Just a little awkward!

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      KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Happy Halloween to you too, Jeff! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Jeff_McRitchie 5 years ago

      Terrific suggestions, especially since Halloween is right around the corner. Happy Halloween!

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      KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Christine, EBBlogs, Living2well, Danielleantosz and Widget!

    • Widget 5 years ago

      Easy idea that I used last year, Where's Waldo, Striped shirt, glasses, touque and jeans. Super comfortable to wear.

      Cheers

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      danielleantosz 5 years ago from Florida

      not always work appropriate(depends on where you work!), but I once dressed up as "barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen" It got lots of laughs and lots of dirty looks when I went for beers after work!

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      living2well 5 years ago from Southern California

      I love the domino idea!

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      EBBlogs 6 years ago

      I like Jim from the Office going as "three-hole punch Jim" White tee with three dots similar to the domino dots going down the left side.

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      Christine S 6 years ago from Australia

      Some really great costume ideas. If its one thing you don't want to do, its offend your workmates with an inappropriate costume choice. But you want to have fun and look great to.

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      I agree, What's News. I hope you've had a chance to check out my make-up tutorial hubs. I've assembled some of the best out there on the web.

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      What's News 6 years ago

      I would choose to wear make-up rather than a mask it seems like a mask would keep you from completing your task at work. Thanks for the hub. Great info. I rated up.

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Good luck to you outlawbybirth! I hope they go for it, because you're right, it's a great way to lighten things up and bring out the kid in everyone.

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      outlawbybirth 6 years ago from Lycraville, Florida

      I put together my experience in Las Vegas when I dressed as a Sexy Cop, but I love your ideas for dressing up at work!!! That should be a requirement to lighten the atmosphere. I am going to see if we can do that where I work out, first thing monday.

      Great posting and following you!

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Costumes, you're right, I think the themed costumes worn by a group are great for adding a bit of fun to Halloween. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Costumes for Halloween 6 years ago

      I really like the idea of doing a theme with a couple of co-workers friends. For example, using your Disney character theme, do Aladdin. Have one person be Aladdin, one Jasmine, on the Genie, maybe one Jafar and then if you're silly maybe one Abu.

      It's really funny when you roll up to lunch together. Last year at my office a bunch of us dressed up (not matching though unfortunately, maybe next year though), and everybody else in the restaurant thought we were total freaks. Or maybe they were the freaks because it was Halloween and they didn't dress up!

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, Ghostlytrue. You're right, some just don't get it when it comes to what is and isn't appropriate for an office setting.

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      Ghostlytrue 6 years ago

      Nice ideas and good hub. Tips that stuck out at me were the suitable for work - I think sometimes some people just don't get it. AND some things do offend certain people. We are all unique and we all view things a little differently. Don't wear something that you think will Offend someone, you wouldn't want to make anyone uncomfortable....

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Very good ideas "Mens Costumes", lots of my co-workers head over to GoodWill and find some bargains on stuff like that. Thanks for stopping by and adding these tips!

    • Mens Costumes 6 years ago

      Another good idea to consider if you want to steer away from standard costumes is going to thrift / vintage shops and seeing what kind of authentic outfits they have that can fit different themes (70's, prom, wedding, etc.) then mix it up with some accessories (fake blood on a prom dress for Carrie or vampire teeth for something goth).

      Also, you can ask someone you know that is in a different profession for their work uniform (doctor's coat, dance costume, etc.) so long as it is something that you wouldn't get in trouble for impersonating.

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you for stopping by.

    • newvoucher.co.uk 6 years ago

      great idea

    • bill fone 6 years ago

      thank you for your posting

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you very much marygarrison!

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      marygarrison 7 years ago

      Thank you for the great costume ideas! I enjoyed reading this entertaining, and informative hub. Good work.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      You're welcome samsungbehold919!

    • samsungbeholdt919 7 years ago

      cool ideas, thx for the hub

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Paulette! The exposure comes from writing a HubMob hub. Every HubMob hub I've done has done well. This hub was easy to write since I only told about my experiences. No research involved there. :) Write what you know about and it'll be much easier.

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      paulette perinelo 7 years ago from USA

      You've got some good ideas here!

      Great hub... Looks like you're getting some primo exposure :)

      Maybe someday I will make some polished hubs like this, but Im a bit too lazy.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks seeweb!

      Glad you liked it, Jbullet...it's super simple and I think it looks quite classy. Not sure if you can tell, but one lady has a long sleeve shirt and the others have short sleeves. It makes no difference.

      Happy Halloween!

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      jbullet 7 years ago

      Loving the dominoes idea!

    • seeweb 7 years ago

      amazing work

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      J-Art, glad I could help!

      Patrick, dragon, huh? That sounds pretty elaborate.

      Glad I could help you both. Happy Halloween!

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      Patrick wood 7 years ago

      Halloween dresses are one of time consuming to me. as i really don't decided what will i wear, I mostly use a dragon wear lol. But this year i will do something else and this lens encouraging me how to decide. good work

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      J-ART 7 years ago from Florida, United States

      great costumes! I needed some ideas for halloween this year.

      thanks!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Mayhmong! I added a link to yours. I got a chuckle out of them.

      Thanks Craftsmith! I'm looking forward to it!

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      Craftsmith 7 years ago from India

      Interesting set of ideas. Dressing for Halloween that too to work will be gr8 fun.

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      mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Somebody's in to the Halloween spirit! Wish I couldn've seen you in an oversized kids costume! Come check out my newest hub for extra ideas if ya like. ;)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Sabbatha and Camecoib: Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you found the information helpful. Happy Halloween all!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Munchkins, I'm so pleased to be your first hub to read! I am proud of the places I've worked and how they all strive to give back to the community. Handing out candy to the handcapped children was very rewarding. With you having a disabled child, you understand how much it means to them for people to treat them with respect and allow them to have fun. Welcome to HubPages, you'll find lots of authors who are entertaining and informative. If you need anything, let me know.

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      KCC I realy appreciate your hub. It is very informative and useful. Great work. thanks for sharing.

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      sabbatha1 7 years ago from patriciamccarty@rocketmail.com

      I really like your idea. It is very awesome to go as a set of dominoes.

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      munchkins 7 years ago from Nelson UK

      Hey, Ive only been the website about an hour and your hub is the 1st I've read Im pleasently surprised its not just a lot of babblin pubish, the motives for your halloween antics are wonderful you have had some exeptional bosses, as the mother of a disabled child it was nice to see that society will step up and recognise and envolve them not what I was anticipating I would read at all from the title, the advice is good too Im panicing just a bit now as I have aparty Saturday and no costumes..hum now what sould I be???

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      Lee Thacker 7 years ago

      I like the way your brain thinks, makes me feel alive listening to what your thinking, very cool...Keep it up ...PS Now I Know Why I bookmarked your page ;-) ...Hope you are doing well,

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you startinganewhub!

    • startinganewhub 7 years ago

      wow great ideas!!!!!!!!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Blogging Erika, what a cute idea! I may have to suggest that to one of our bigger departments next year! They did Candyland last year and the whole department were pieces of the game, gingerbread people, snow princesses, etc. They decorated the floor in colored squares. It was so cute. The group next to me has started decorating today and I found out they are doing musicals. The row next to me is doing Sweeney Todd. This is going to be a fun year. My group is doing a farm full of scarecrows.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Pepperlynn! I often matched what my kids were doing when they were little too. It's a fun idea.

      Thanks Dona Rosa. Everyone should head over to your hubs after leaving here!

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      Blogging Erika 7 years ago

      Halloween is the best! One year my department dressed up our entire floor as a putt putt golf course, complete with one hole in each department. We spent the entire day playing golf (in costume) on the floor. It was great!

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      Dona Rosa 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Neat ideas! Some of my Hubs show more, like Western themes, FYI.

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      pepperlynn76 7 years ago from California

      Haha! I love the dominoes idea! This year I am dressing up to match my son's theme. He is going as "Captain Rex" and I am going to be Padme Amidala. Good work on this hub. So many ideas!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      That is a great idea Gracenotes! Some costumes can be rather warm too. Works great when it's cold.

      Thanks Shareitt! Every little bit helps, doesn't it?

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      shareitt 7 years ago

      great ideas, just another great idea for keeping costs down.

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      gracenotes 7 years ago from North Texas

      There may be a practical side to dressing up. One time I was visiting friends at their home in South Oklahoma. They were keen on going to all of the high school football games, one of which was on Halloween -- Friday night. Although I was one of the few folks dressed up at the game, my mask actually acted as a wind-break. The cold wind was blowing and folks were shivering, but I was loving it.

      Hee hee -- I must have a thing for big cats. That evening, I had another tiger mask on.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      We actually do. The only thing I see people being guilty of is taking a little bit longer break at break time and usually spend it walking around looking at other people's costumes. Other than that, it's usually business as usual.

    • 1950s costumes 7 years ago

      you just know not much work is going to get done when wearing them!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you LazarDRod.....I'm guessing you don't have many dominoes walking around your work, then? LOL

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      LazarDRod 7 years ago

      Halloween at work is always a scary time. I'm always surprised with the 'costumes' that my coworkers show up with. Great hub, by the way!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you PhoenixV!

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      cool hub

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      rajeshwarprsd 7 years ago

      interested in visiting each others blog video photo hub

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Grisel! I'll have to check you out. That sounds like fun, but I can't think of anyone I look enough alike to pull that off. :) Thanks for stopping by. It's easy to join HubPages. Let me know if you're interested and I'll help you get started. Everything's free and you keep the copyrights to all your articles. Creating hubs/articles is very user-friendly.

    • Grisel 7 years ago

      I just visited this site for the first time and clicked on your "Hub" I guess it's called. Was reading all the Halloween commentary. Last year I had the cheapest and most fun costume ever. I was dressed as Sarah Palin and looked so much like her, I was actually stopping traffic and it wasn't even my idea. Visit Facebook and check it out - it's hilarious. I'm Grisel Padron. You have a great Hub and very interesting writing. Dying to get into it but all the details and technical issues are daunting. I'm from the generation of writing columns and articles. Great work!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Philent! Since you're not working, you can be anything....no retraints....go wild! LOL

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      Philent 7 years ago

      Currently I'm not working so I'm just a plain housewife; maybe I should try being an office girl on Halloween LOL! BTW working or not these are good tips!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      That's one of the reasons I included it, Lewisbiel. I think they are just flat classy looking done up the way my co-workers did them. It's really cute when you have several doing it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      lewisbiel925 7 years ago

      Man I absolutely love the dominoes idea, especially if you're on a budget. Cool hub.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you very much, Madison!

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Awesome hub...Love the ideas, thanks!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      It really makes it fun when you see what it does for the kids. Thanks for stopping by alexchia01.

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      alexchia01 7 years ago

      It is great that you go trick-or-treating for handicapped and under-privileged children. We should do this more often. A holiday is meaningless if we only think of ourselves. Sharing and helping others is the greatest joy. Thanks.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL...that's funny Garrett. Way to improvise!

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      Garrett Mickley 7 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

      Hah, this is great. I worked at a restaurant last year and was called in on Halloween. No one told me we were supposed to wear costumes so I came in dressed in the work uniform. I got made fun of so I untucked my shirt and did other little things to look like a disgruntled employee. Scariest thing some companies will ever see!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Khmoshsin!

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      khmohsin 7 years ago from London,UK

      Nice hub having great fun cooooooooooooool choice....impressive thing to wear according different ideas. Carry on Man you have great achievement.

    • tiffany and co 7 years ago

      Thanks

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks John Alan! It's nice to work for places that care.

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      John Alan 7 years ago from Florida

      Very cool ideas for the work place, thanks KCC.

      I think it's great about what you and your company did for those under privileged and special needs children. Way to go!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Awww...thank you very much, Vinner!

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      vinner 7 years ago from India

      your hubs are amazing

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks onewaythinky and keniasearch!

    • keniasearch 7 years ago

      Halloween can be fun especially if you have on your dream costume. You have suggested some very exciting halloween costume ideas. Keep up the good job.

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      onewaythinky 7 years ago from NY, US

      wow. that was very impressive.. thankz.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad I could help out, Chili63! When I was a kid we only got a couple of trick or treaters at our house. In my adult life, I've never had one trick-or-treater because of where we live in the country. It's kind of sad, really.

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      Chili63 7 years ago

      What fantastic ideas! I love Halloween, and always dress up for the kids coming around to the house, and I put up spooky decorations. You've given me some great ideas for this year's costumes. Thanks!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Woooo hooo, Kayla! Have fun and Happy Halloween to you too!

    • kaylalafosse 7 years ago

      im getin a costume happy halloween!!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Then somebody should really make you a doooooozie!

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      darntoothysam 7 years ago from Burnsville, MN

      Too bad I'm too lazy to get into costumes... if somebody else does all the work for me I'd wear one. LOL

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I'm glad you enjoyed it Glassvisage. That's one of the reasons we tend to shy away from really scary costumes too. We are hosting small children. But, with high school kids, you'll have more to choose from. Have fun with it. You'll be glad you did.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      What a great idea for a Hub :) I'm considering this because my organization wants us to dress up... and we work at a high school after-school program, so we have to be appropriate for the kids!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Very true!

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sounds like a pop group, or someone's opinion on the whole game of dominoes !!! LOL

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL...with the right marketer it could be a hit, Mistyhorizon! Coming soon to your town, The Bloody Dominoes!

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hmmmmm, a gory domino, now there's a vision I never thought I'd have LOL :)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I like the diversity, but I guess it's because it's what I've grown up with. Many people do take the cute costumes and bloody them up for the bit of gore if that helps any...LOL.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You may well be correct KCC, but it seems a bit of a shame to me, as part of the fun was the "spooky" aspect of the costumes :)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      As with most things, it probably started with someone with a nice marketing budget who thought it would be cool. It caught on and the rest is history. :)

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I just posted a very similar comment to this one on Mighty Mom's Halloween costume hub, but it never hurts to ask more than one person the same question.

      "Why is it that in the USA any costume seems to be acceptable for Halloween, whereas in the UK they are based on the theme of the occasion, e.g. Vampyres, Werewolves, Witches, Ghosts etc. Surely this is what Halloween represents, spookiness and ghouls, not fancy dress as it would be any other day of the year. Why is this??"

      Thanks. :)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you very much! The dominoes were worn by a group in our HR department who wanted to dress up but didn't want to wear elaborate costumes, make-up, etc. They were really cute. I think the dominoes would be cute in a nursing home where they play a lot of dominoes.

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      Mindfulness 7 years ago

      Theme costume to work is a wonderful idea. My husband works in a hospital (administration) and I'll tell him about this and your hub. I like your dominos costumes!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, Yootravel, jbryant & Gracenotes!

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      gracenotes 7 years ago from North Texas

      A fun hub.

      I've gone to work as Cleopatra and also as a tiger. The tiger costume involved a lot of face painting, and I had a cute costume with a hood and ears.

      When I wore the tiger costume, I not only scared a few people, I also won the prize offered that day. The department head said that we would have a prize for the best costume worn, but I was the only one who dressed up! I never felt self-conscious, though.

    • jbryant22 7 years ago

      Great hub! Thanks for the ideas

    • yootravel 7 years ago

      I have been reading your blog for about a year now and enjoy it very much. There’s always something interesting to read or to learn, and the photographs are lovely!

      http://www.yootravel.co.uk/voucher-codes/lowcostho...

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you JeniMarie! I love Halloween too! I just decided today that I'm going as a scarecrow this year. I've never been a scarecrow. :)

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      Jeni H 7 years ago from Florida

      AWESOME hub!! i personally love halloween! and I can not wait and loved your ideas!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Sukhera & Putz!

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      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      Great hub and ideas.

      Robert Ballard

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      sukhera143 7 years ago from Home

      Nice.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, Nursing-degrees!

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      nursing-degrees 7 years ago

      good choice :)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks bgpappa! That does sound like a cute idea for someone who pushes the mailcart. :)

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      bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Good article,

      I worked in a big office and one Halloween the mail guy, who pushes around of cart of mail, dressed up as Egor. It was pretty funny.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      That works for some HappyHer. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      HappyHer 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I like costumes that don't have to be "costumes" for example a witch. A long black skirt and shirt appropriate for the office, but with a witches hat, or a bumble bee dressed in black and yellow with a headband that had "antennaes" on them.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      You are definitely missing out Peterander! Maybe you could start something. I think you should organize a group and start doing it. :)

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      peterander 7 years ago

      In India we don't celebrate halloween. I guess we are missing the fun of halloween.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      We have tons of pictures, but the problem is cropping everyone's heads off or getting permission. The top pic is from my office and they were easy enough to crop. I'll see if I can get any more.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      KCC, your hub makes me think it's boring here during Halloween. =) I don't think we can go to the office wearing Halloween costumes. Oh well, I'll just view the pics here online. How about posting some pics from your office during the Halloween? =)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Welcome to HubPages Kungfuboy! Why? Would you have a hard time choosing?

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      kungfuboy 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      i'm new here

      it is a good thing that I work from home!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank CS Alexis.

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      C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

      Lots of good ideas and suggestions in this hub, thumbs up!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      One year when part of our office was doing Disney Movies someone came dressed as Maleficent and she looked the part. She's tall and thin and has this elegant straigh-shouldered walk. It was a very fitting costume for her.

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      EverythingMouse 7 years ago

      I think I would have to be Maleficent. But it is a good thing that I work from home!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Nice comment yours. :)

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      Filipino girls 7 years ago

      good hubs yours

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL....I work with some myself, SimeyC! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Simon Cook 7 years ago from NJ, USA

      Some Great ideas - we used to do a similar thing in Wales on 'red nose day' - now I simply dress up as a geek on Halloween - hang on - I do that every day of the year!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Awesome, Fortunate! Have fun with it!

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      Fortunate 7 years ago

      Good idea I will choose Gypsy instead.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much Tesa. I love the dominoes too. Simple, but very nice-looking.

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      Tesa Adams 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I hadn't thought of the dominoes costume for work but that is perfect and should be easy to make. Thank you for a great idea. I just love your Hubs, they are always great.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I hope I gave you some ideas you can use, CSD1509

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      csd1509 7 years ago

      funny and cool ideas you have there!! now it'ss just a matter of picking the best!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you keniasearch! I'll have to check out your hub. We all love to save money doing it.

      Thank you so much magdielqr!

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      magdielqr 7 years ago

      Congratulations in all your achievements, you rock!!!

    • keniasearch 7 years ago

      Great resource on halloween costumes that you can wear to work. Every year, I have always been caught up in a dilemma trying to get the best costume and at a cheap price. Great information for your creative halloween costume ideas.

      http://www.cheapadulthalloweencostumes.info

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      One of the cutest I've seen is Bacon and Eggs. It would be a really easy one to make yourself even. Or you could go as Peanut Butter and Jelly. I have some more ideas in another costume hub. The link is above...scroll up to the girl in the candy corn costume. It's the first one under hubs by me.

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      DIY Girl Nina 7 years ago

      Any good suggestions for couple costumes??

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Receptionist: Pick something you wouldn't ordinarily pick, be adventurous this year, just make it comfy!

      Jessica: Thanks! I actually didn't have to do any research on this one. This one is stictly from personal experience. Glad you enjoyed it.

      Moviesbymail: Glad you enjoyed it too.

      Thanks to all of you for stopping by!

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      moviesbymail. 7 years ago

      Cool, I really like the tips for costumes to wear to work...things certainly good to take into consideration!

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      Jessica Horn 7 years ago

      OMG! Man, did you ever do your research! Thanks for all of the ideas. (I guess I better get planning :-)

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      receptionist 7 years ago

      Great post you got here... I wonder what costume should I wear??? Hmmmm ...

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Very cool Sandi, glad I could help!

      Thanks Magdielqr!

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      magdielqr 7 years ago

      I learned very with this article. Congratulations!

    • Sandi 3m 7 years ago

      I work from home, but this was actually helpful to my thirteen year old daughter for school. Thank You!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad I could help Kyon!

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      KyonSOS23 7 years ago from Nabon

      Nice choice ,I can select costume because your hub.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      We'll make your udders udderly amazing Candie!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      OOh! The "Skim Milk" cow!! Hahahaha!! Perfect! Make my Udder really big tho, Tiny Udders are soooo last year!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Terrylee!

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      Terrylee5151 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great suggestions!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I saw a girl dress up a California Raisin too, it was really cute. I had another friend come as a geisha girl. I haven't had a friend try to pull of the nun trick yet. I bet you did get a lot of attention with the yard stick. LOL Thanks for sharing, Margaret.

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      Margaret Morris 7 years ago

      You have some really good ideas. I used to dress up for work on Halloween, too. One year two of my co-workers and I were the California raisins. We even danced to "Heard it Through the Grapevine." I was also a geisha and a nun. I found out who all the perverted guys were; they wanted me to spank them with my yardstick (I didn't waste my time carrying a little ruler).

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I don't know, Ethel....I think the elderly would appreciate the dominoes. Playing dominoes is a huge hobby for the elderly here. :)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Don't think they'd appreciate this on the hospital ward where I work :) The patients are all elderly. Might frighten them to death.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much Princessa! It's a lot of fun to dress up at work!

      The only type I regretted my costume was the year I made this warrior type costume out of layers of plastic tablecloths. It was rather hot. I just wasn't thinking that year. Thanks for stopping by Anath.

      Thanks Paradise! We really do get into it. We usually have themes by departments and they give away prizes. We won 1st place the year we did Harry Potter. There were about 75 of us dressed as every Harry Potter character imagineable.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, that's great--you guys are really into Halloween! I'm like a kid--I love it too. Good hub, good ideas, thank you.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      I agree, comfort is a very important consideration, you don't want to start the day all wonderfully dressed up to end up half dressed -at least not at the office!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      It sounds like a lot of fun to dress up for work.

      Congratulations in all your achievements, you rock!!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL....I failed to include the Lounge Lizard! An anorexic cow would be cute......you could be the Skim Milk cow. :)

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I would like to go to work as a large stuffed cow, but driving a school bus, "they" could take issue with it, as I'd have trouble fitting behind the wheel. Maybe an anorexic cow? Something from Texas?

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Sabreblade: That's a great idea too! Thanks for sharing!

      Cheri: I think more and more offices see the benefits of allowing their employees do it. It really helps morale!

      Scott: Sounds nice, you'll have to post some photos!

      Ryan: It's not too late! Jump in now! It's the perfect time, since it's this week's HubMob topic!

      Thank you all for stopping by!

    • ryankett 7 years ago

      I completely forgot about Haloween until I went food shopping earlier and saw the masks, pumpkins etc... missed out on a right niche here! Looks like you have been very busy with them. Good stuff.

    • Scott.Life 7 years ago

      Since I am working at home now, I'm going to wear my best suit and tie, and dress up as a successful author and speaker.

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      Cheri Schultz 7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the suggestions - we all dress up at work for Halloween!

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      sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Of course if you work in an office, you can go the modern vampire route.

      Dress all in black, get a long black duster and some fangs.

      And don't forget the sunglasses!

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