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172 Contest-Winning Halloween Costume Ideas for the Office

Forget about answering your emails and finishing up that project. With Halloween getting closer and closer, it’s time to start thinking about what you and your co-workers will dress up as this year—especially if your office has a costume contest with prizes! If you want to strike the perfect balance of witty, fun, and work-appropriate, then we’ve got you covered.

We found over 100 amazing options, 172 to be exact. So you can bet you’ll find the one that’s perfect for your group.

  1. Want a costume concept that’s relevant to 2016? Consider dressing up as this year’s top movie stars, Olympic athletes, or presidential nominees. (POPSUGAR)

  2. You can also go with something more mainstream for the office party, like social media platforms or comic book heroes. (SheKnows)

  3. There are also certain group themes that might depend on the number of colleagues participating. Check out your options for the perfect amount of people. (Fastweb)

  4. Looking for some pair ideas to decide on with your work BFF? We got you covered. (The Huffington Post)

  5. If you need some more family-friendly ideas, here are 43 group costumes that would fit in for any type of crowd. (

  6. More of a pun lover? You and your co-workers can take a witty approach for your office Halloween getups. (Good Housekeeping)

  7. Or, take your outfits in the direction of classic TV shows, and dress up with your colleagues as your favorite characters. (Refinery29)

  8. And if you need something at the last minute, here are 14 ideas you can pull together on short notice. (The Daily Muse)