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Old 10-23-2007, 06:48 PM   #1
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I must dress up at Halloween for work

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 find this ridiculous. Not only is dressing up for Halloween past the age of 12 a bad idea, I have to take time out of my personal life to go find a Halloween costume to wear...never mind the $ this will cost me. Anyone else "required" to dress up at Halloween?
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:51 PM   #2
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Not here--thankfully. But I also dont indulge in the "beach shirt" every Friday either.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:53 PM   #3
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I agree, bad idea.

Don't buy a costume, make your own. Think janitor, American tourist, crabby old man . . .
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You should look for another company. This shows that they aren't focused on the right issues.
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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 can't be serious. Can you?? If absolutely necessary, go as AccountingSucks. (I'll leave it to your imagination!)
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Our company sometimes has 'theme' days, but there is no requirement even though probably 80% of folks follow suit.

Tell them you are dressed up as a corporate gnome.
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The secretaries at my work try to force everyone to dress up and go to an office "Hallowe'en Party". Some of us (very few) refuse and there have been no real consequences. I was told by higher ups that it would "look bad" too, if I didn't dress up, but it really doesn't seem to matter.

I also have stopped spending money on office Thanksgiving and Christmas parties. I just smile and tell them that I am broke and on a diet.

After about five years of being very firm, nobody pushes me any more (and surprisingly, a number of others have joined me in not participating).

I have not dressed up for Hallowe'en since I was twelve and too old for trick or treating. I am not going to start again over 45 years later. It's childish and does not appeal to me.

If you think your boss is serious, you could make a witch's hat out of cardboard and wear it with regular clothes. If you are male, just tell them that you're a warlock. Be sure to use cardboard from your work-supplied office supplies.
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Anyone else "required" to dress up at Halloween?
Wow, looks like a good test case for an up-and-coming labor lawyer.

Is it "required" in the company employment manual? Probably not.

It appears as though the boss has just over-extended his Halloween enthusiasm.
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I saw employees of my local bank dressed this way last year. Looked pretty silly. I would just wear jeans/shorts and a T-shirt. Say you are dressed as an early retiree.
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I say get into it: here's a helpful downloadable Larry Craig mask - be the hit of the men's room: Halloween mugshot mask: U.S. Senator Larry Craig - Boing Boing

Or maybe (assuming you don't mind sudden unemployment) something from the wildly impolite and inappropriate and distasteful German collection? The 30 Most Unsettling German Halloween Costumes | Cracked.com
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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 find this ridiculous. Not only is dressing up for Halloween past the age of 12 a bad idea, I have to take time out of my personal life to go find a Halloween costume to wear...never mind the $ this will cost me. Anyone else "required" to dress up at Halloween?
Lemme guess...........California?
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How's this? They probably wouldn't ask you again......

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That is strange.....your Megacorp is making you dress up for halloween?
I don't think that is a good idea...but if you don't, then you are not a good team player...yada yada.
I would not spend money on the costume....go as an early retiree...chinos, nice shirt, and a golf club!
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I can't decide if I should laugh or cry. I am quite speechless actually. Let's see:

jeans and shirts with holes - hobo/homeless (you also need to forget to shave and slap your face with some alcohol)

wear your pajamas - say you thought it was a pajama party

wear your neatest shirt and tie and say you are pretending to be an accountant (my DD just gave me this one!)
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I recall a Dilbert where they were told to come in on Friday dressed as animals- their Japanese office had said it boosted moral. Next you see them wandering around in animal suits. The last picture shows 2 japanese business men in a cafe. "So, they really fell for it ??", "Sure, it was even easier than those calisthetcs we had them doing every morning a few years ago".

Personally, I cringe at the thought of things like this - I certainly wouldn't do it
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The young wife is a school teacher. She spends hours every year thinking about and then creating her costume, which she wears to school and then at home to give out candy. The neighbors on our street come over with cameras to see her constume and take pictures. In years past, she has been a dissected frog (she is a science teacher); Albert Einstein (complete with old man clothes and theatrical makeup); a giant Number 2 pencil; Santa Claus; a wizard; the Cat in the Hat; the Grinch; Snoopy and many more that I can't currently remember.

I usually dress up as a lawyer, which many find scary enough.
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Paper bag. Cut out holes for eyes, nose, and mouth. Decorate with crayons. Glue on purple yarn hair. Instant purple people eater (or? whatever). It worked for thousands of kids in the 50s, and for my own in the 80s too!

But ,seriously, you have my sympathy!
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