Halloween Group Costume Ideas

Halloween is coming up and if you happen to work for a company that allows, or even encourages, its employees to dress up, then you've come to the right place for some ideas. Be sure to check the links at the bottom for some group costume ideas and ideas for kids, pets, and more.

There are several things to consider when planning your costume if you're trying to create a group theme. You will want to consider the following:

  • How big is the group that will be participating? Does the size lend itself to specific themes? For instance, having a group of 5 allows you to chose a theme that uses a poker hand such as dressing up as a Royal Flush with each participant coming as a different playing card within the hand (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten). A group of three might choose Three Blind Mice or the Three Musketeers.
  • Does someone in the group resemble someone famous? Sometimes someone in your group closely resembles someone from a popular movie or TV show. You can use this to your advantage if they are willing to play along.
  • Think about the personalities within your group. More reserved people may prefer to dress up like cartoon or storybook characters. More outgoing people may prefer to dress up as super heroes or loud or flashy characters.
  • Does the group perform a function at the office that you can incorporate into your theme? For instance, IT people are often stereotyped as geeks with pocket protectors. Sometimes, they get a kick out of exaggerating this feature and dressing the part. Sometimes a group is known as the "enforcers" and they may enjoy coming as witches.
  • Sometimes the type of jobmay dictate comfort. Obviously, a more physical job requires more consideration for safety when choosing a costume. A desk job requires you to be able to sit comfortably in your costume. One with a lot of walking requires good visibility and comfortable shoes.
  • Your workplace may have a strict dress code. Make sure the costume you chose doesn't get you fired or sent home for breaking an office dress code or policy. Halloween is about having fun.
  • Does the group work in the same area and does this area lend itself to unique or unusual decorating ideas? Sometimes the work area may remind you of a something that allows you to create a theme around it. An example is: our workspace had walkways that meandered around reminding someone of the Candyland board game. The workers then put brightly colored squares on the floor and each dressed as Candyland characters.

TV-Related Group Halloween Costume Ideas

These are a few TV-related group Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • MTV's America's Best Dance Crew Contestants: If you have a young energetic group, you may want to dress up as a dance crew. A group easy to resemble would be the Jabbawockeez with their plain white masks.
  • Dancing with the Stars contestants: Great for mixed groups where you have the ability to put people into couples.
  • Popular TV Show families and friends: The Beverly Hillbillies, The Simpsons, Roseanne, The Cosby's, Cheers, Gilligan's Island, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Taxi, I Love Lucy, etc.
  • TV Game shows: You can have hosts and guests on The Price is Right, Let's Make a Deal, Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, etc.
  • American Idol or America's Got Talent Judges and Contestants: You can have some portraying judges, some portraying popular winners and contestants from previous years, and some portraying really bad new talent.

Storybook and Nursery Rhyme-Related Group Halloween Costume Ideas

These are a few Storybook character and Nursery rhyme-related group Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Dr Seuss Characters: Dr. Seuss has many memorable characters, but you can create many more in his same style.
  • Little Bo Peep: This is a relatively easy one to do. You usually only need to create a shepherd's staff and 3-4 fluffy white or black sheep to accompany Little Bo Peep,
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Obviously, this theme lends itself well to a group of 8. Let the personalities of the group determine which one gets which character.
  • Hey Diddle Diddle-This works well for a group of four or five. You can have a cat with a fiddle, a moon, a cow, a dish and a spoon.

 

Movie-Related Themes

This group of ideas are based off popular movies;

  • Gone with the Wind-a chance for the gang to wear southern belle costumes
  • Wizard of Oz-the theme allows for a great bunch of characters. You can have Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow. Then your secondary characters are the Wicked Witch, Glenda, the Good Witch, flying monkeys, the Wizard, munchkins, etc.
  • The Breakfast Club-this is a cute theme for younger people who probably haven't even seen the popular 80s movie.
  • Star Wars & Star Trek-fun theme for character acting.
  • Men in Black or Blues Brothers-fun idea if you have a couple of guys who really enjoy wearing suits and wearing sunglasses.
  • Harry Potter-the Harry Potter series of movies has many characters to choose from. Our office utilized this theme a couple of years ago and we probably had 40 people participating and we didn't have two of any character.
  • Alice in Wonderland-this is a fun idea for a group of people where the decorations are almost as fun.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean-this your chance to really play up the pirate theme.
  • Toy Story-this is a great movie to re-create characters from. You have Woody, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, Toy Soldiers, Mutant toys and many more.
  • Grease-fun theme to incorporate 50s themed decorations and costumes. You can choose to have a pajama party or recreate a sock-hop atmosphere.

 

Music-Related Costume Ideas

Music-related costume ideas include:

  • The Village People-cute idea for a group of 4-6 (characters include the police officer, the Native American Indian, the cowboy, the biker, the construction worker, and the G.I.)
  • Rock Bands-80s hairbands are always fun to imitate along with Madonna, Cindy Lauper, KISS, Cher, Michael Jackson, etc.
  • Music Videos-you can choose to dress up like characters from popular music videos. Anything by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Beat It" come to mind.
  • Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers-lots of people like to do exaggerated caricatures of these famous country artists. You can throw in other miscellaneous country stars that co-workers might resemble.
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons-A fun twist on this one would be for four people to dress as Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.


Traditional Halloween Themes

The following is a list of traditional Halloween group themes:

  • Witches-you can stick with the wart-faced hag-type witches or go for a sweet more colorful witch. Find or make a cauldron. Have traditional broomsticks or opt for modernized versions using the Swiffer or stick vacuums for a laugh.
  • Ghosts & Mummies-many an old white sheet has been transformed into a ghost or a mummy with a few snips of the scissors.
  • Vampires-a black cape and some fangs with a few drops of fake blood, and some pasty make-up work wonders for creating the vampire look.
  • Frankenstein & Monsters-Frankenstein is a great character to portray, but just about any ghoulish monster you can dream up works well too.

Other Costume Ideas

More costume ideas for a group are:

  • McDonald's Happy Meal-Turn a cubicle, office, or area into a McDonald's Happy Meal box. Participants can then dress up as Happy Meal toys (Ty beanie babies, Barbie dolls, Transformers, any movie character), McDonald's fries, burgers, drinks, nuggets, etc.
  • A Bee Hive-fun way to have a boss (the queen bee wearing a crown) and her worker bees (wearing hard-hats and tool belts).
  • Hospital Staff-a great opportunity to dress up as doctors and nurses. Some people can be patients.
  • Sports teams or Team Fans-a great way for a group to wear the favorite team's jerseys. They can either portray the players themselves or crazy fans. You could also play cheerleaders of this group. A popular example might be Dallas Cowboy fans and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.
  • 7 Deadly Sins-The seven deadly sins is a popular choice for groups of 7. They are Envy/Jealousy, Sloth, Greed, Wrath, Gluttony, Lust and Pride/Vanity.
  • Circus-A circus theme has so many possibilities. You can have a ringmaster. You can have trapeze artists, you can have animals of all kinds. Clowns are a given.
  • Cowboys and Indians or Pilgrims and Indians-the Thanksgiving feast with pilgrims and Indians can be a cute theme for a group that hasn't been done much.
  • 20s Gangsters and Flapper Girls-This can be a cute idea for groups that like to dress sharply. You can have gangsters with machine guns and flapper girls.

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Lots of great ideas, I wouldn't have the guts to do any of it, but since I have no hair to speak of, I might wear a wig. LOL


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

You like Halloween as much as I do, don't you? It's so much fun!

I work in a lab and like to dress up like a mad scientist, but I also work with blood, so vampires are a natural. It's easy to do face makeup, and works at work. I also collect bats for my blood bank. Fun!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you SteveoMc! That's the nice thing about dressing up. The more accessories you utilize the less you look like yourself and then there's no need to be embarassed or shy. :) Wigs, glasses, even masks help.

Yes, Austinstar, I do love Halloween. It's my favorite holiday. I enjoy it more than Christmas. Those are great ideas based on your work environment.


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qualifydisability 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

You have a lot of good ideas here for group costumes, but I think part of the fun of Halloween parties (office parties or otherwise) is being surprised by what people are dressed as. If you all go as the same thing, it wouldn't be as fun.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

I agree, Qualifydisability, that it can be fun to be surprised. Luckily, were I work the various departments do not reveal their themes. So, we still have a surprise Halloween morning. Now, it's just at a bigger scale.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This Hub is very interesting for us, as we live in England. Halloween is just becoming popular for kids - but not adults.

Pat lived in the USA as a child, but it now appears that in America the Halloween focus has shifted to adults. What do you think?


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

I think it's about 50/50 in participation here in Central Texas, but if you look at the Halloween store, they have more adult-sized costumes and themes than they do for small kids. My husband has only been in the states here (from England) for 4 years and he finds it fascinating as well. He has a Guy Fawkes costume he wears each year and told us the story and we "celebrate" Nov 5th with fireworks and sometimes a small fire where we have been known to burn a scarecrow. :)


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I love Halloween, but I just cannot bring myself to dress up at the office. I figure I already work with witches and monsters... LOL

Fun hub though!


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giwrgos12 6 years ago from San Diego

Well I must say you did a great job.. Thanks for sharing useful ideas!!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awww Steph! I love dressing up with co-workers. It's fun to watch other personalities emerge once they are behind a costume.

Thank you giwrgos12!

Thank you both for stopping by and leaving a comment!


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Richard Thomas 6 years ago

Great hub - full of ideas! thanks so much for sharing.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Richard! We celebrated today where I work and we had lots of great costumes. Top honors went to the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts.


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Trinsick 6 years ago from Cali

I really liked something someone did this year, they came as a youtube video, it was hilarious.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

That is a cute idea, Trinsick! Thanks for sharing.


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angemac23 5 years ago from Canada

You have some very good ideas!


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SnapHappy 5 years ago from U.S.A.

Wonderful hub, thank you for sharing your ideas. Love your profile picture too!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Angemac23 and SnapHappy!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by, LittlePayday! I hope you talk them into it!


RachieH 5 years ago

I love the Alice and Wonderland idea, as well as the Queen Bee and Worker Bees :) Nice Hub! Voted Up


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you RachieH! Halloween will be here before you know it!


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AnkushKohli 5 years ago from India

Excellent Ideas! It is around corner now and I was actually looking for some of these. Thanks for helping out.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you AnkushKohli! Hope you enjoy your Halloween!


Happy2Day 4 years ago

Wow! For a second there I thought you had to work at the same company I do :)

Great ideas for this year's party Thanks!

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