Halloween is a fun holiday and isn’t getting the attention it deserves. There are no recognizable songs or vacation days associated with it, and it’s a busy time of year for most employees.
But that doesn’t mean you should skip the office Halloween celebrations.
How many days a year are you encouraged to dress up and play around at work? Probably just one thing – Halloween – and even then, it can be difficult to know what to use for an office.
We want you to have fun this Halloween so we’ll take the work out when it is for you. We have compiled a list of DIY Halloween costume ideas that are easy to put together, inexpensive, and perfect for the digital marketer or tech professional.
If your family and friends can’t get your costume, your coworkers definitely will.
35 office costume ideas for marketing nerds and technology freaks
Computer or app related costumes
1. Alt text
Alt text is not just the metadata of an image posted on the web – it could also be said to be an “alternate” fashion statement with the text describing the era. This was HubSpot’s director of content Corey Wainwright’s office Halloween costume a few years ago. It’s great because you won’t even look your best if you have a casual office dress code so you can just blend in.
To dress up as old text this Halloween, break out your best alternative ’90s garb – our colleague Corey wore black jeans, combat boots and a flannel. Then a hyphenated text that best describes what you are wearing, similar to a picture of your outfit online, will help search engines read the file.
We have edited a sash of old text for the alternatively dressed girl below to help you imagine your awesome costume.
Source: So life is
2. SEO ninja
Speaking of SEO, you could be everyone’s favorite LinkedIn title – the SEO ninja. Dress in all black, buy a black ski mask, and stick tags on yourself. Voila … you’re a real ninja – just one who is much more concerned with search engine optimization than lurking in the dark.
3. Mobile app
Stroll around with a starter – candy, cheese and crackers, fries and dip … whatever you have on hand. Boom. You are a mobile “app”.
This costume is also a great way to introduce yourself and make friends at a party.
Source: Opportunity max
Would you like to turn food into a costume in another way? Dress up like a hipster and hand out graham crackers. You are an “instant” – “gram” cracker server – or an Instagrammer for short. Pun absolutely intended.
Have you ever written something for someone else’s byline? Such is the life of a “ghostwriter”. Turn your authorless achievement into this year’s office Halloween costume.
To disguise yourself as a ghostwriter, grab a sheet of white and cut a hole for your head and arms. Dip a few black ink stains on the sheet of paper, get yourself a book and one of those quills (or just get a quill, I suppose) and boo – you’re a ghostwriter.
Internet spaces may just refer to all of the space you use to make your design stand out, but on Halloween, “space” isn’t just the lack of spaces.
Dress all in white – add white paint and a white wig if you’re extremely dedicated. Then add a pop of color somewhere in the outfit, e.g. B. a colored tie or a scarf or even a color stain. This spot of color makes the white space more distinctive and turns it into “spaces”.
7. Error 404 code
You have most likely come across a funny error page before, and you can turn it into a fun costume too. Take a piece of paper, write “Error 404: Costume not found” and stick it on your outfit.
8. (Monty) Python
If your into programming code, British comedy and costumes with little effort, then being (Monty) Python is perfect. Dress up anything in your closet that is snake-like from a distance: olive-green clothing, snakeskin accessories, and fake vampire fangs that can serve as fangs.
Then add two coconuts or a golden chalice to personify Monty Python in his quest for the Holy Grail.
Pick up face paint or eyeliner and write “book” on your cheeks. Just like that, you’re the world’s largest Halloween social network.
And for you, we hope that your colleagues actually get it:
Here’s another tech-friendly costume with a dual meaning: be your own version of a tech unicorn. Here at HubSpot, we love this tech icon, and you can easily make your own version of a unicorn horn using this article.
11. Phishing emails
Phishing emails are no joke – they can seriously compromise your technology and data security. But on Halloween, you can dress up as a phishing email game for a simple DIY costume. All you need is a stick, a piece of string and an envelope. Bonus points if you own a bucket hat and vest to complete the ensemble. Check out an amusing version of this costume below.
Source: Car and Driver
“CNTRL + C” is the popular keyboard macro that you can use to copy items from one location to another on your computer. Here’s a tech twist on a classic Halloween costume. All you need are cat ears, eyeliner-drawn whiskers, and a piece of paper. Write “CNTRL + C” on the paper, stick it on your outfit and you are a “copycat”.
13. The blue screen of death
You know the screen even if you don’t know the morbid nickname the tech world has given it. This classic error screen is known to indicate the end of a computer’s useful life and you will know when you see it. It’s causing so much stress on the spot that the color is scary enough for October 31st alone.
Believe it or not, there are official t-shirts for you to get with the death copy blue screen. Wanna make your own All you need is a royal blue t-shirt and a printed version of that terrible error message.
14. GPS costume
This works best with two people. You can cut a pen shape of point A and point B out of cardboard, paint them both red and just write A and B on them. From there, you can personalize the costume to your liking. They can get even more complicated by finding a t-shirt with a map on it.
15. Battery empty and Wi-Fi weak
Nothing is more terrible than a dead battery or no WiFi. This costume brings all fears of technology to life. It’s pretty easy to create too. Just stick or stick pictures of dead WiFi and low battery signals on a black shirt. Apply zombie or skeletal makeup to highlight concerns about low connectivity.
While this can work as a couples costume, it could also be a fun option for office colleagues. Since both costumes within the set do not depend on each other to be understandable, a person can also wear either the Dead Battery Outfir or the No-Wi-Fi suit and still be easily recognized.
16. Information Desk Girl
This brilliant professional found a golden (or rather purple) opportunity to be the “Information Desk Emoji” whose many gestures we all know, love and use at some point in a text conversation.
The best part about this awesome tech reference is that you don’t have to change your normal clothing to make it work. As Naomi shows us below, it’s all in the hand gestures.
17. Dancing girls emoji
If you own one of the more than 1 billion Apple iPhones sold worldwide, you probably know the dancing girl emoji shown below.
The simplest version of this costume is to find a buddy and dress in all black. If you’re into emoji authenticity, shop for black bunny ears to complete the look.
Source: Brit + Co.
18. Heart eyes
Are you only in love with Halloween? Prove it with this passionate emoji face. You don’t have to paint your entire face, chin to hairline, to get the Heart Eyes Emoji just right, but it definitely helps. It will also mask your stress when you are most focused during the day.
“This employee just seems to love her job, I can’t tell why,” your manager will think … See how you draw this emoji on the bottom of your face (this one you need help with).
Current office costumes
19. Fully vested
At work, “fully vested” usually refers to the ability to earn all the appropriate funds in a 401 (k) retirement plan. But for some, you can just imagine someone wearing many sleeveless jackets at the same time. Now is the time to personalize this image.
If you work at a company where people get the joke, put on a couple of vests (at least three, but more are recommended) and that’s it. You are fully vested.
What I love about the nerd costume is that it’s effortless and always unique – there are many ways to be a nerd these days. Are you a tech nerd, video game nerd, or book nerd? The sky is the limit with this costume. Wear glasses with your favorite accessories like a magic wand, book or lightsaber to complete the effect.
21. A solar eclipse
Last year, the eclipse took over the internet – and the land. As millions of people flocked onto the path of totality to (hopefully) catch a glimpse of this rare event without burning their corneas, millions more joked about it on social media.
To dress up as a solar eclipse for Halloween, you need a work colleague to dress up as the sun and moon with you. One of you is wearing black, the other is wearing yellow and both of you are wearing dark sunglasses. Then the black-clad at the Halloween party stands in front of the yellow-clad all the time.
22. The ‘Evil Kermit’ meme
If you haven’t heard about this hugely popular meme this year, you’ve probably seen it somewhere: it depicts Kermit the frog facing his evil twin Evil Kermit. The evil Kermit looks identical except for the black cloak.
For this costume, you and a staff member can keep it simple: you both wear green shirts, and one of you wears a black hoodie or jacket over it. If you really want to get involved in the costume, consider using a green face paint to complete the ensemble. Walk around the party together for maximum impact.
23. Fifty Shades of Gray: PG Paint Swatch Costume
Want to do something naughty but still be office friendly? This is PG word costume shares the name of a popular romantic novel and movie, “50 Shades of Gray”.
Go to your local paint or hardware store and purchase 50 gray swatches. Then tape them on a black shirt and tell your coworkers that you are “50 Shades of Gray”.
Source: Fox 24 from Kansas City
24. The meme “But that’s none of my business”
If you love Kermit the Frog but don’t have a coworker to team up with on the Evil Kermit costume, consider using a costume based on the “But that’s none of my business” meme in the Kermit to see is drinking coffee judgmental.
All you have to do is put a pair of eyes on a green hoodie and sip your tea or coffee. For an added effect, you can cut out a white photo frame to hold in front of you so it can look like a picture posted on social media.
25. Eleven of strange things
Elf from Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things are universally popular, and it’s a bonus that their signature look makes them comfortable and easy to assemble. Rock your best elves in a dress, a denim jacket and a box of eggo waffles.
Source: Business Insider
26. Ahoy, shovel employees of strange things
While Eleven, as mentioned above, is an all-time Stranger Things classic, the 2019 season inspired another great costume opportunity. During the latest episode, Stave, a main character from Joe Keery, was working at an ice cream shop called Scoops Ahoy. As a waiter he had to wear a stupid sailor’s uniform next to his colleague Robin.
Since the season aired, the uniform has been worn regularly by cosplayers and at Comic Con as people mimick Steve and Robin.
Since this is a fairly generic sailor uniform, you may be able to easily find one that is similar in a variety of Halloween stores. This costume can be used for both individuals and two colleagues.
27. Pokémon GO Trainer
Pokémon GO had roughly 45 million people glued to their phones (me among them) in cities last summer. To pay homage to the explosion in this technology trend, you need a t-shirt that is red, yellow, or blue. Write Valor (for red), Instinct (for yellow) or Mystic (for blue) on your shirt with fabric paint or permanent marker.
Spend Halloween walking around pointing your phone at objects and you will be the likeness of a Pokémon GO trainer. Gotta catch them all right?
Group office costumes
28. The sales life cycle
At HubSpot, we love team costumes. In 2018, a handful of HubSpot employees grabbed some t-shirts and wrote the stages of the sales lifecycle on them. Then they positioned themselves accordingly and passed on a fake list of prospects to symbolize the process of selling. This was such an easy to coordinate costume that the team could even include an out-of-office agent via a video call.
Source: Maggie Bomze, Principal Customer Success Manager for Strategic Accounts at HubSpot
29. Social media channels
Während dieses Pinterest-Bild Klassenkameraden zeigt, die als die wichtigsten sozialen Netzwerke posten, kann dies leicht an die Büroumgebung angepasst werden.
Wählen Sie einfach eine solide Liste der heißesten sozialen Netzwerke aus und wählen Sie dann leere T-Shirts aus, die den Farben der einzelnen Plattformen entsprechen. Von dort aus können Sie die Logos entweder auf jedes Shirt zeichnen, kleben oder kleben. Wenn Sie nicht an dem unten getragenen Tutus interessiert sind, können Sie auch passende Hosen finden oder einfach Jeans tragen und die Dinge einfach halten.
30. Google Algorithmus-Update
Finden Sie ein paar Bürokameraden für diesen einen – einen Panda, einen Pinguin und eine Taube. Sie denken vielleicht: “Was zum Teufel ist das Update des Taubenalgorithmus?” 1) Es ist eine Sache, und 2) wir haben Amazon auf Kolibri-Kostüme überprüft und es sind keine billigen verfügbar.
Quelle: Opportunity max
31. Black Hat und White Hat SEO
Dies ist ein weiteres SEO-bezogenes Kostüm, und ich denke, Sie können dieses Kostüm selbst herausfinden. Ich empfehle, einen schwarzen Hut für den einen und einen weißen Hut für den anderen zu tragen und auf jeden einen “SEO” -Stick zu haben – den Sie ganz einfach individuell bestellen können.
Hier ist eine weitere Idee für ein Gruppenkostüm, die die Filterfunktion von Snapchat würdigt.
Es gibt zahlreiche Optionen, aus denen Sie und Ihr Team auswählen können, um dieses Kostüm zu verkörpern. Sie könnten sich als erbrechende Regenbogen, Katzen- und Hundeohren, eine Blumenkrone oder ein Gesichtstausch verkleiden, und dies könnte so selbstgemacht oder im Laden gekauft sein, wie Sie es möchten. For example, here’s some inspiration for a couple of the dog filters:
33. Snapchat Ghosts
Put a marketing spin on a classic Halloween costume by arriving as a Snapchat ghost. You’ll all need a white sheet and to pick which ghost you like the most.
34. PAC-MAN and Company
Here’s yet another awesome ghostly costume idea your whole team at work can get in on. Have your team lead wear the yellow pie-shaped garb of PAC-MAN, with each team member dressed as the multi-colored ghosts that roam the screen in this vintage arcade game.
Just make sure the team lead doesn’t actually try to eat the ghosts — you’re in an office, and you’re all technically on the same team.
35. Instagram Filters
For this group costume, you’ll need white t-shirts and fabric markers. Draw an Instagram photo frame on the front of your shirts, and each team member can write a different Instagram filter’s name inside the photo frame. Or, create frame props with different filters on them like the group did below:
Source: Nails Magazine
The clothes don’t make the marketer, but the costume can certainly make the culture at your company. Find out what it takes to hire and train the best fits for your open roles in the free ebook, available below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published October 21, 2018 but was updated in October of 2019 for comprehensiveness.