Trick or Treat: Halloween Costume Ideas Well-Suited for the Office
By Shannon Stull
Halloween is just around the corner, and like the proverbial razor blade in the apple, this time may be sweet for you and just a little bit dangerous. If you’re like me—a major slacker—when it comes to slapping together an office appropriate Halloween costume, I thought you might need a few suggestions. So, I’m going to mix up my column a bit this month and provide some silly advertising and design themed costume ideas.
Mainstream Costumes Everyone Will Get
Steve Jobs: Slap on a black turtleneck over a pair of jeans, pick up some thin-rimmed spectacles at your local Walgreens, and you’ll be on your way, extra points for being exceptionally hard on your assistant designers that day.
Mad Men Cast: Banana Republic did us designers a solid earlier this year by releasing a “Mad Men” collection of awesomeness. If you were not fortunate enough to pick up clothing inspired by the show, you’re in luck. Mod Cloth has some really fun vintage-inspired dresses for the ladies that will sub for Mad Men garb in a pinch. Also, if you’re going for an authentic “Joan” costume, you can pick up a replica of her famous pen necklace through Amazon.
Men, this is an easy one for you. Channel your inner Don Draper simply by showing up in a suit and slicked back hair. Be sure to accessorize with swagger. Bonus points if you drink, smoke or womanize on the job (without getting fired, of course).
Twitter Bird: Hey there, community managers. Don a blue shirt, wrap a blue feather boa around yourself, and paint your nose yellow. Voila! You have a Twitter Bird. Bonus points if you can get your CEO to stop saying they “Twittered” somebody every time they successfully send a tweet.
Design-Themed Costumes Designers Will Get
A Bleed: Take an outfit you’re willing to ruin, and take a spray bottle full of red paint to it. Smear your skin with fake costume blood. When someone in your office inevitably asks if you are a murder victim, feel free to educate them on this useful printing term.
A Widow: Don a black veil and all black clothing, and take a general attitude of sadness. Hopefully this will be enough of a change from your normal wear and demeanor to encourage a conversation about what a widow is in the design world.
CMYK Group Costume: This is an easy one. Obviously, this is a four-person costume. Simply purchase cyan, magenta, yellow, and black t-shirts and walk everywhere as a group. Bring the web team in on the fun, and have them sport complementing RGB t-shirts.
Lazy Costumes That Some People Get, But Either Way You Just Don’t Care
Dead Pixel: Purchase a white t-shirt and put one little black dot on it somewhere with a sharpie.
WYSYWG: Just show up in what you’d normally wear, and tell everyone “what you see is what you get.”
Off The Wall Costumes That Only You Will Get But Will Be Amusing
Dru Paul: I truly wish I could take credit for this idea. First, create a person-sized Drupal teardrop logo through any means necessary: foam, paper mache, whatever. Then, create a hole in said logo where your face can show through (so you can see.) Then, put on full drag queen make-up. Put it all together and what do you get? Instead of RuPaul, you get Dru Paul.
Stefan Sagmeister: Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most influential designers of our time. Based on this poster he did for AIGA, you can see this guy truly bleeds for his art. Though you do not actually have to take an X-Acto knife to your flesh like he did (please don’t), a red washable marker should do just fine. Boys, re-create that chest poster and have an excuse to flash your office mates without getting sent to HR.
I hope these costume ideas have inspired you to show your advertising/marketing/design geekiness with pride. Have more cool costume ideas? Please post them to this blog and share pictures, we’d love to see them!
Thanks, and have a happy and safe Halloween!
Shannon Stull is a principal and Creative Director at WHOISCARRUS, a full-service Orlando advertising agency. She has experience on both agency and in-house teams in various roles, including; copywriting, art direction, and creative direction.