Simple Halloween costumes you can wear anywhere (even the office)

Halloween is coming! If you love "dressing up", getting creative, or just having an excuse to not wear the same old thing, it can be fun to wear a costume to work.
But while it might seem like a good idea to dress up like Batman or Spongebob at first, the reality of the situation is that many costumes aren't practical in the workplace. Costumes that require masks or gloves aren't going to stay on you for long, or if you work customer service, might straight-up not be allowed. Or maybe the idea of plastering on makeup leaves you cold or overwhelmed.
Here's some simple Halloween costumes that are not only easy to put together, but are easy to keep on all day, whether you're at work or at a party.

Arthur

Dressing up as the perpetually-overwhelmed aardvark is pretty easy, and surprising easy to pull off with clothes you may already own.

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Arthur

A simple white button-up shirt paired with yellow v-neck sweater, blue jeans and a pair of red Converse sneakers is all you’ll need for wardrobe. (Just not too deep a v-neck sweater, please. We do not need to add “Sexy Arthur costume” to our list of nightmare material.)

Attach brown and pink ears onto a headband, and throw on a pair of round costume glasses. You can get these glasses for as cheap as three dollars off Amazon or any store’s Halloween aisle. (These glasses can provide the final touch for a LOT of costumes, as you’ll soon see.)

Superman / Supergirl

The man or woman of steel is simple to pull off, and looks sharp.

Superman / Supergirl

If you wear a suit to the office normally, this will be easy. If you don’t normally wear one, you’ll get to show off how good you clean up.

Just put a Superman t-shirt underneath your suit’s button-up shirt. (Leave the tie.) Then leave the top half of the shirt unbuttoned to let your true identity be known.

For added touches, throw some fake (or your real) glasses on, and slick back your hair with a little pomade.

Kimmy Schmidt

Dress as the eternally optimistic hero from Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Kimmy Schmidt

Layer a yellow button-up cardigan over a pink t-shirt and floral-print blouse. Bottom is bright pink jeans and high-top sneakers.  (In the show Kimmy wears “Twinkle Toes” Skechers, which are only in children’s sizes. If you don’t have a child’s foot size, or don’t feel like investing in light-up shoes, get a sheet of stick-on “gems” and bedazzle the toes of any sneakers.)

To really go for the gold, order some iron-on butterfly patches to accent your sweater, and a purple backpack.

Freddy Mercury

Want to bring some rock attitude to work? Dress as Queen frontman Freddy Mercury.

Freddy Mercury

Freddy kept it simple for his most iconic look: white undershirt and light blue jeans, with black boots. (If you are needing a bit more modesty, or if your office is on the cold side, throw on a black (or better yet, yellow) sport coat or leather jacket over it.) Black row three-studded belt and one-stud armband are available off Amazon.

Also available online are fake mustaches, just don’t forget to also grab the spirit gum adhesive. (Don’t bother buying the “spirit gum remover” – it’s just rubbing alcohol). Slip on some gold aviator sunglasses, and get ready to start belting out “We Are the Champions”.

Crazy Cat Lady

Whether you’ve been labeled, or self-labeled as a “Crazy Cat Lady” or not, this costume is not only easy, it’s warm!

Crazy Cat Lady

Wearing a robe to work? Your dream has come true!

String some stuffed kitties together on a soft rope that you can drape across yourself, like a bag strap. (Just be sure to tie the rope in the middle of their stomachs, not their necks, so you don’t look like “The Cat Killer”.)  Stick some bubblegum-pink curlers in your hair, and you’re all set to yell at the neighborhood kids!

Ned Flanders

Hidalee-Ho there, neighbor-ino!

Be everyone’s favorite overly-pious neighbor when you become Ned Flanders from The Simpsons.

Ned Flanders

Green sweater, salmon-colored polo shirt, gray slacks and black shoes complete the “Ned wardrobe”.

The transformation becomes complete when you add the false brown mustache (again, don’t forget the adhesive), and throw on those versatile round glasses.

Eleven from Stranger Things

Season 3 of Netflix’s massive sci-fi hit Stranger Things saw its lead hero Eleven grow as a person, and into 80’s teen fashion.

Eleven from Stranger Things

Put together a “paint splatter” print button-up shirt (you can get the EXACT shirt from online costume suppliers) with a pair of high-waisted, light-washed blue “mom jeans”, and tie them together with some blue suspenders.

White retro-throwback Reeboks and a yellow hair scrunchie completes the look. Add little trickle of fake blood to your nose, and everyone will think you’re making the copier run itself somewhere.

Shaun from Shaun of the Dead

The hero of 2004’s horror/comedy mashup, Shaun of the Dead is an easy costume to assemble. The best part? The costume has a nametag, so no one will be asking “Who are you?”

Shaun from Shaun of the Dead

Super simple: White dress shirt (that you don’t mind getting ruined), black pants, red tie.

Print out Shaun’s nametag graphic from an online image search (there are plenty) and glue it to some sturdy paper. Dribble some red ink onto the pocket, and maybe smear some onto your shirt, like you’ve been busting zombie heads. (Just, uh, don’t put the shirt in the wash afterwards, unless you’d like an all-pink wardrobe.)

If you’d like a prop to swing around, and you don’t own a cricket bat, just tape two “planks” of cardboard onto a baseball bat. Smear some “blood” on that, too.

Skeleton

When you think about it, it’s strange that a skeleton, a thing that is inside YOU right now, is “creepy”. But here we are! You only need three things to make this one.

Skeleton

All-black shirt, pants and shoes? Check. White duct tape? Check.

Now get to tearing that tape, and attaching it to your outfit! You can get as exact and precise, or as abstract and general as you want when creating your own personal x-ray. Everyone will know what you’re going for.

Fruit

It’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s good for you, it’s cute…it’s fruit.

These costumes will brighten up any dreary Fall day.

Fruit

To transform into a Pineapple Princess, wear a bright yellow dress (or any sunny yellow ensemble), and top it off with a leafy headband. You can either craft it yourself, or find something similar in a party store.

To become a juicy slice of Watermelon, match a red top with green pants. cut big seed shapes out of felt or black paper, and tape them to the top.

Waldo

There he is. Waldo (or “Wally” as he’s known elsewhere in the world) is instantly recognizable, ever since he first appeared in children’s books in 1987. Time for you to, ironically, stand out from the crowd as the striped-shirt character.

Waldo

You know the outfit: long-sleeved red-and-white striped shirt, blue slacks and brown shoes. Put on the always-present pom-pom hat, round glasses (seriously, they are good for so many costumes), and to really go for the gold, grab a hook-topped walking stick.