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Halloween Costumes and Company Dress Codes…5 Tips & Tricks



Dress codes are put in place by employers to help maintain a professional and safe work environment. However, some employers choose to loosen dress code rules during certain times during the year, for example, Halloween. Here are some tips and tricks to help you ensure that employees' costumes are safe and respectful.


#1 Set Expectations

Be sure to set your company's dress code expectations well in advance of Halloween.


#2 Be inclusive, respectful and sensitive to all protected classes. Just Be Kind...

Some people choose not to celebrate Halloween for religious or other personal reasons. Respect their decision. Help maintain a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment by providing them with guidelines on how to avoid discriminatory attire.


#4 Safety first

Some occupations require safety, ahead of celebration and fun. If costumes are permitted, consider safety guidelines that might apply to your working environment:

  • Protective gear (if applicable) must remain functional

  • No garments that could catch on machines

  • No-open toed shoes

  • No masks that could impede their vision, including their peripheral vision

#5 Leave your water gun at home

Don't allow employees to bring in prop weapons, such as plastic swords, as part of their costume. Use this opportunity to remind employees of your strict stance against workplace violence and intimidation.


#6 Practical Magic

If employees want to celebrate Halloween, but full costumes are not feasible, consider:

  • Toned down accessories or apparel such as hats, scarves, or t-shirts.

  • Halloween themed potluck or treats

  • Desk, door, cube or office decorations

Conclusion:

Make sure your Halloween dress codes comply with all applicable laws and promote workplace safety, diversity and inclusion. Communicate your expectations in advance to ensure a safe, respectful and festive Halloween. HR Tip of the Week.

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