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It's almost that time of year when you can get dressed up in a costume at work. Oh, wait, you are an activities director in a retirement community..... you do that on a regular basis. If you are like me, you have a "costume closet" somewhere at work or in your house so that you are ready for any theme party that comes your way. It is one of the fun parts about being an activities director.

If you are like me, what you want to wear and what is okay to wear to work are usually different. Halloween is no exception! In my community, residents pay close attention to my wardrobe and the last thing I want to do is offend anyone. Because of that, I do tend to dress a bit conservatively. For Halloween, I don't wear, or display, anything that is related to death or anything that is evil.

I've taken time, so that you don't have to, and found costumes that I feel I could wear (some with modifications -  like adding tights, etc) to work. I've eliminated anything that was to scary, gross, skimpy, childish, or that we, as activities professionals, get to wear from time to time in our jobs. There are some here for men, women and those that would work for either sex. Put your mouse over the pictures for details and click to go to the item's page. If you don't see anything below, click here to see them all. Most have free shipping and returns.

Now is the time to order so that you can assure that you have your costume for Monday, October 31st! Happy Halloween!

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