How to be a hit at your office Halloween party
Here are 10 great (and office-appropriate) costume ideas
by Jim Kerr
Halloween is here again, and that means you’re probably scrambling to come up with an idea for your office Halloween party. Don’t worry: Alberta Venture can help. Get ready to wow your co-workers with these 10 costume ideas.
• Breaking Bad is likely the most popular show on TV. And that means your Walter White Halloween costume will likely be the talk of the party.
• Reality TV is as popular as ever, too, with shows like Duck Dynasty dominating pop-culture discussions. Practice your duck calls, throw on a ball cap, some camo and a big beard and you’re instantly Phil, Si, Willie or Jase Robertson. Or consider Canadiana-stars Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod of BodyBreak fame. They were just on The Amazing Race Canada, after all.
• Summer blockbuster season always provides at least a few costume ideas. Iron Man 3, Wolverine and Man of Steel offers super hero costume options. Star Trek Into Darkness is an obvious option for the Trekkies.
• This year’s The Great Gatsby was basically made for Halloween costumes. Hoping to wear the same costume but with a slightly different theme? Go as a character from the show Boardwalk Empire instead.
• People will line up for days to buy one, so just imagine how popular your gold iPhone 5S costume will be at the office party. On the other side of the smartphone wars, you could also paint a surfboard to look like one of those large-screened phablet phones or dress up as a run-down BlackBerry.
• Looking for something more political? Much has been made of the pictures of Russian president Vladimir Putin doing ‘manly’ things like riding a horse and fishing (topless), or shooting guns in the wilderness and basically whatever else he wants to do. Keep it tasteful and it’s likely a safe, funny option.
• If sport is more your thing, you’re in luck: You could dress up as a baseball player covered in performance-enhancing drug paraphernalia (though, remember, defer to good taste on this for the office), or even hang an asterisk above your head to let people know you’ve been using the juice.
• A quick scan of news headlines proves to be good for a Halloween idea or two: There’s the ever-popular Anonymous costume (and imagine the look on your tech guy’s face when he sees you!).
• Justin Bieber has been in the news a lot. Some ridiculous clothes and a headset microphone should suffice for that costume.
• Finally, if you want to score a day off in addition to winning the office costume party, why not dress up as one of the several proposed pipelines in the province? Think about it: there will be hoards of protesters lining up by the time you park your car in the morning. You may as well just go home.