Halloween and Office Politics

Halloween and Office Politics


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KSL Nightside's Chelsea Hedquist reportingForget haunted houses and horror flicks, sometimes the scariest thing at Halloween is your company party.

"Everybody is trying to find something that's clever, so there might be a little bit of pressure to find something," said computer game programmer Ray Maple. "If you don't wear something then you look like the square."

Maple works in a laid-back office so his coworkers wear suits on Halloween, but the attire can get a lot crazier, according to some office workers who spoke to KSL.

"The pregnant nun costume," said Tiffany.

"Cruella DeVille. That was pretty funny, really well done," said Barbara.

"There was a girl dressed as Tinkerbell and it was cute but it was just kind of revealing, a little short and a little low-cut for the office," said Jackie.

There can be pressure from coworkers to see who can come up with the mosto original costume. But there can also be pressure from higher-ups to keep the status quo, even on All Hallow's Eve. "Have lots of fun with it, but always remember, don't go too far, especially with your boss or your clients," said etiquette expert Peggy Post.

But Post said by the same token, it's just good manners to participate, even if you're not in the mood. "If everyone is in a big celebrating mode, then try to go along with some of the festivities," she said. "Even if you aren't particularly excited about it you can dress up a little bit."

Dressing up a little bit is the way to play it safe in most workplaces, but not all. "Our office doesn't allow us to dress up for Halloween," said this man who refused to provide his name or the name of the company he worked for. "It could get out of hand, I guess."

For everyone else, enjoy the Halloween office party, just make sure to leave the Tinkerbell costume at home.

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