Halloween is here! It’s cold in the air. The leaves are turning on the trees. Bags of candy of every description practically fall off the shelves into your cart as you make your way through the grocery store. And everyone, especially kids, choose their Halloween costumes.
However, Halloween isn’t just for kids.
Many adults enjoy dressing up in costumes and celebrating Halloween. Many entrepreneurs feel obligated or enjoy decorating for Halloween the same way they decorate for Christmas.
As Halloween approaches, one dilemma that the working professional may face is what activities and what kind of “costume” to consider for work. While you want to have fun, you also need to exercise good judgment.
So when it comes to celebrating Halloween at work, remember to keep these five basic rules in mind:
Check the policy
If you’re new to the company, check it out What are the policies around celebrating Halloween at work?. It might not even be allowed, and you don’t want to look like the only one in a costume looking silly (or worse, having to go home to change).
Make sure your dress is delicious!
If costumes are allowed or even encouraged, use good taste. Be smart, but not stupid. Be original. Think of something you can put together from things you have around the house. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a smart suit.
Decorate your office
If you can add to the festivities by decorating your office (or your desk) with something seasonally appropriate, do so as long as it’s within your workplace policy. This makes your office more inspiring festive moodand it gives you a chance to show off your personality.
Don’t go crazy with the celebration
Make sure you’re not the one who goes “too far” when celebrating Halloween. Use good judgement around everything you say and do around the holiday.
Put candy for your colleagues
If you can have candy on your desk or in an area where people can help themselves, that would be appreciated. Make sure the candy is the kind that is individually wrapped, though. Also, make sure you are on the lookout for any food allergies in the office.
Passing out candy helps you celebrate Halloween, but it can also help you get to know your colleagues better. They might stop by your desk, grab a piece of candy, and chat for a minute or two.
After all, Halloween is one of those holidays that some people enjoy and appreciate and others don’t. Do your homework ahead time to make sure you’re marking within company guidelines. The last thing you need is to be called into the boss’s office because you showed poor judgment or bad taste while on vacation.
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This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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