Halloween Costumes for Smart and Professional Women

Posted October 13, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand
A few years ago, I drove to work early on a Saturday morning. The evening before had been Halloween, and my drive to work (in Minneapolis, at the time) went right down frat row at the University of Minnesota. There, I saw a woman walking what can only be described as the “walk of shame” (it was 7amish) in a “sexy bumblebee” costume. I literally slapped my hand to my forehead and said out loud, “Oh, no, honey….”

It’s not that I’m saying you shouldn’t be a sexy bee or a sexy kitten or a sexy zombie. Go for it. If you want to be sexy, be sexy. But plenty of women are being invited to Halloween shindigs and would, frankly, rather look (for lack of a better word) smarter than that. So I’ve scoured the intertubes and found a few ideas for smart Halloween costumes for professional women who certainly don’t need sexy cop photos floating around on the internet.

  1. Channel a TV show with awesome female characters. My favorite idea?Mad Men! Grab a great 40s style dress, heels, red lips, a fake cigarette, and you’re all set.
  2. Go Back to Another Decade. Don’t just go as the “80’s girl.” Instead, grab an old character like Jem from Jem and the Holograms.

  3. Here’s a fun feminist twist – how about Rosie the Riveter or Susan B. Anthony?

So whether you go sexy, traditional, scary or boring, we support your Halloween costume choice! Just keep it professional, ladies. Don’t wear something you couldn’t show your boss!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.



    I’m glad you cleared that up – I totally thought that “Jem” costume was Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons!

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