Dressing up for Halloween as an adult usually means choosing between a sexified version of a cute animal and something a grandparent might wear while taking the kids trick or treating. That can make picking a costume for a work party like walking through a minefield. You don’t want to end up with something NSFW, but you still want to look cute, professional and like you put in effort.
The trick is to look for something modest yet relevant or timeless. For example, these eight costumes are some of the best adult Halloween costumes for office parties that’ll get you some laughs, maybe an award or two and definitely have you in the spirit of things without making anyone uncomfortable. We’ve also got other round-ups on Spy that include work-appropriate costumes for couples, Game of Thrones-themed outfits and more. They’ll help you stand out from the pack, without offending your boss or landing in HR’s office. Scroll through our options and decide which one looks like the most fun to you.
1. Military Fighter Pilot Costume for Men
What’s better than Top Gun? Share some musings with your fellow coworkers about the Tom Cruise classic as you don this sleek and easy-to-wear costume at your office’s Halloween party. This purchase includes the flight suit as well as the embroidered patches on the sleeves. It also includes aviators and the classic Top Gun Maverick stainless-steel dog tags that compliment the outfit perfectly. This costume is not just appropriate, but simple, recognizable and a full-body ensemble that shows your commitment to the holiday.
2. Nerdy Ned Halloween Costume
Dress up like the devoted work-nerd you are this Halloween with this kitschy and fun costume complete with plaid pants, suspenders, glasses and a bow tie. The shirt is not included, so you get to be creative with that style choice. There’s a men’s and women’s version of this costume, but we recommend the men’s as it’s far more work-appropriate.
3. California Costumes Men’s Royal Story Prince Costume
Who doesn’t love a prince in shining armor when it comes to a work problem? If you’re the savior of your office, or even if you’re not, charm everyone with this classic prince charming look from California Costumes. It has a pull-on jacket with a hook and loop closure at the back of the collar. It comes with pants with an elastic waist for a comfortable fit, and the belt has a metal buckle with an easy closure for keeping you secure the whole night. Impress your whole office and then some with this getup pulled straight from a fairytale.
4. A Strawberry
Strawberries are everyone’s favorite fruit, right? Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but dressing as a strawberry for Halloween is definitely appropriate for a work party and perfectly cute. This costume is a strawberry pullover that’s easy to wear and can be donned on top of any outfit of your choosing. It’s one size fits most for adults and is made of high-quality material that’s guaranteed to last you through at least the evening.
5. Rasta Men’s Imposta Lightweight Penguin Costume
Who doesn’t love a big fluffy penguin to hug on Halloween? Be the hit of your party without putting in too much effort with this whimsical penguin costume everyone’s bound to remember. This costume includes the polyester outfit, head cover and shoe covers. It’s also super lightweight so no matter the conditions of the party or your journey to and fro you won’t be weighed down throughout the evening.
6. Flo From Progressive
Could your coworkers use a little insurance advice? Tell them about Progressive’s “Compare and Save” feature at your Halloween party. While that would be slightly obnoxious any other day, it won’t be the least bit annoying when you’re dressed as Flo from the Progressive commercials. A cute and safe-for-work costume, this set comes with a white apron printed with Progressive across the front, a Flo name tag, an “I love insurance” pin, a wig and a blue headband. All you need to do is wear your own white shirt and pants to complete the look.
7. Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany’s
If you’d rather add a little glam to your office Halloween party, consider dressing as the queen of glam herself, Audrey Hepburn. Her role in Breakfast At Tiffany’s is unforgettable and as such has inspired thousands of Halloween costumes over the years. Donning a timeless black dress along with gloves, jewels and a cigarette holder will send all the right signals to your coworkers. This costume set comes with a jeweled tiara, fake diamond earrings, a 5-strand pearl choker, long, black gloves and an extendable cigarette holder.
8. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
We’re calling it now. The most popular couples costume for 2018 is definitely going to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a.k.a. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Call dibs on the ultimate Halloween duo by ordering the Maskarade Royal Mask Pack. It includes a pair of 2D masks printed with the faces of the royal couple themselves. Each mask has the eyes cut out and an elastic band for securing the mask to your head.