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Old 10-23-2007, 08:48 PM   #21
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So I work at a fairly large company - fairly corporate.
So you made a bad decision to originally seek out this employer and to go to work for them. And worse, you choose to stay on.

But, all is not lost. Think about this situation in terms of the priority it actually deserves rather than making it a big deal. As suggested, put a bag over your head, yuk it up on halloween and then just forget about it. It isn't as though you've just been told you have cancer, your significant other has just been killed in an automobile accident, etc.

Remember, you spend your days there because it's your own personal decision to do so.......
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:55 PM   #22
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Put tape on your glasses ,pull your pants up , plastic pen protector and you can go as a nerd !
In 1984, in Bremerton, Washington, two of the other officers from my submarine, my wife and I did precisely this and went to the movies to see "Revenge of the Nerds". The girl at the ticket counter was laughing so hard she almost couldn't sell us the tickets. When she asked what we wanted, we said "Purple Rain", which was also showing. At the end of the movie, we went to the front of the theater and waved to all the people in the audience.
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Draw a dark circle around one eye and pin a shape of the letter "P" on you. Ta da....black eyed pea.

Sorry you have to dress up. Thankfully I never had to.
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So I work at a fairly large company - fairly corporate. Having said that, because much of our staff is right out of school they dress up for Halloween. My manager told me that dressing up is "required" and that it would look bad for anyone who does not dress up.
I think management is strongly hinting that you should dress up as one of them.

Or at least make it extremely clear to your co-workers that your costume is your interpretation of how management looks to the workers...
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:09 PM   #25
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I think management is strongly hinting that you should dress up as one of them.
So maybe he should don a large clear (condom-like) plastic bag and go as a big *rick?
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Just dress like you always do, and if/when questioned about it, just say you decided to dress up like an adult and then turn and walk away.
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Put tape on your glasses ,pull your pants up , plastic pen protector and you can go as a nerd !
And curl your tie and go as Dilbert. Sounds like the right company for it.

I'm a Halloween grinch. I usually find a reason to get out of the house because I got tired of kids asking for more than I give them, older kids coming up with no costume, kids who wouldn't say thank you, etc. A lot of them are cute and creative, but enough ruin it for me.
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:38 PM   #28
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Carry around a box of Fruit Loops with a big butcher knife stuck in it.

When they ask, you reply:

"Cereal Killer."
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Dress up like a drag queen to the point that nobody knows who you are and tell folks that the big boss invited you...
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Btw, the tater goes in the front...
Hah, learned your lesson about that LAST year!

I used to just take a plastic pitchfork with me and say I dressed up as the devil. To which most replied "But you ARE the devil!"
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When I worked for the American Psycho Association, the ass. Director insisted that everyone decorate their offices. One group did Blue Christmas with theme of suicide. This was dropped.

One good thing about our Megacorp embracing diversity is that we don't do holidays. And we have no preset holidays.
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Dress up as a parody of your supervisor. See if he thinks it's funny.

When I worked at mini-corp we were "invited" to the mandatory Christmas party. Luckily, the overindulgence in alcohol, married men hooking up with clerical staff and family infighting was optional.
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Headphones
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Converse high tops
t shirt and baggy jeans
Bag of skittles

Put your feet on the desk, crank the tunes and play! Sounds like a company sanctioned, in-house holiday to me
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:10 PM   #34
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My manager told me that dressing up is "required" and that it would look bad for anyone who does not dress up.
You must work at Chotchkie's! Remember, 15 pieces of flair is the minimum ... and you do want to express yourself, don't you?
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Wear a light blue shirt with cotton taped to it. Carry a small water gun hidden, and walk up to the persone who is making you dress up and ask "What am I?"

After he/she can't guess, tell them you are partly cloudy with a chance of rain, and then let them have it! I actually did this as a protest at having to dress up, and it was great getting to blast everyone in the office. I actually one the beat costume award, and felt good!
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dress up as a giant middle finger.
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One very easy last minute costume that typically required no extra $... take a wall clock off the wall, run a string through it and wear it around your neck. Instantly you are rapper and reality show star Flavor Flave! If the majority of people working there are just out of school, they'll get it.
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On one job I was apparently the only one without a costume. When anyone asked "where is yours," I stuck a yellow sticker on my chest which had the words, "watch this spot." The movie "Alien" had just come out.
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Being required to dress up for Halloween is cause for complaint, although I do like it at work because we are allowed/encouraged to dress up. The Social Committee takes pics of everyone, there's a contest for several prizes, but non-participants are not given grief. (I missed out on Halloween as a child, not having grown up here, so I occasionally enjoy dressing up for Halloween.)

If you are dressing up, don't buy a costume; just go for the simple minimum as suggested already. You could:
- come in pajamas, robe, slippers
- wrap a bedsheet around yourself for a toga
- borrow a female friend's clothes and come as a transvestite, etc.

Either try to grin and bear it--(if you go as The Joker, your wide lipstick grin can hide your displeasure at being forced to do this) ...or, make a stand and don't dress up.
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The best costume Ive seen was a guy wearing regular street clothes who had a large band aid on his neck at a Halloween party. I asked him what happened and he responded with "Just dont hurt the tiger!" Ends up he was dressed as Roy from Siegfried and Roy magical act from right after the tiger mauling. It could still work and I think the gender neutral part would help sell it even better.
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