Many of us have to work on Halloween day, and wonder if we should dress up or not. Well, it’s not entirely a matter of wanting to or not, it’s more or less about your employer’s take on the whole idea.
My previous job at a high-end hotel basically frowned upon the Front Desk clerks getting into full gear on Halloween night, particularly since we were the first people the guests saw when they walked in. Understandable. But the housekeepers could show up in all their Halloween glory, complete with fake teeth and green wigs, to celebrate the big day.
Depending on the place where you work and your position in the company, you may or may not be able to dress up for Halloween. If you work in customer service, you may not be able to dress up at all, or if you can dress up, you may be limited to painting your nails orange and black or just wearing a scary tie or necklace. At my former job, we were allowed to wear Halloween jewelry so long as it didn’t distract guests, and we were able to paint our nails to fit the Halloween occasion, but no face paint or head gear or glitter that took away from our uniforms and position. Grrrr.
Ask your boss or at least let them know if you are going to show up in full-on Halloween attire. I used to work at a local health club, and dressed up as a fairy on Halloween day. Since my job was a membership coordinator (promoting the health club and getting people signed up on the best membership for their needs), I figured I could bump up a few sales by getting into the festivities. It worked. My boss thought it was hilarious (I was the only one who dressed up) and every tour I took potential members on that day got a huge kick out of the costume and that was my single-most best commission day ever. I made enough commission signing people up to not have to work the whole rest of the month, and my boss was tickled.
Some places are more laid-back than others. If you work for a corporation (like Wal-Mart or Best Buy for example) they may or may not be allowed to let you dress up because your manager has to bow down to headquarters. This is why at the hotel I was at we were very limited as to what we could wear. However, if you work for an independent company (like the health club I worked at), your boss may be able to just let you go all out, and it may boost business on Halloween.
In the end, it’s best to check with the big dog before you show up at work in head-to-toe scariness on Halloween. Some places will get a huge kick out of it, and some places may just send you home to change.