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It's the best holiday of the year, a chance to blow off steam and stuff yourself with sugar. As with so many holidays, though, Halloween often comes with an office party. Sure, you'd rather be trick-or-treating with your kids, haunting a bar downtown, or just catching up on billable hours.
But the office party is also a chance to impress your colleagues, even if it is just with your brilliant costume. Here's how to win it, because, like it or not, everything is a competition.
Forget the booze, forget the candy, forget the Dark Arts: Halloween is about the costume. You don't have to wear a costume, but you should. And if you do, it should be a great one. Thankfully, there are plenty of Halloween practice guides to help you out. We've got more than a few that can help you out, like these great lawyer Halloween costume posts:
Now that you've got your costume ready, make sure you don't blow it at the party. First, don't make it too sexy. We're glad you've been working out, but we'd much rather imagine you as a skilled professional and not, say, as Sexy Antonin Scalia.
Similarly, don't use the occasion to mock your colleagues or clients. Take, for example, the New York foreclosure firm that threw a homeless-themed Halloween a few years back. That was a bad idea. Getting fired for your Halloween party isn't a good look.
And remember, you've got a whole night of mischievousness ahead of you. Save the heavy drinking for later. After all, "stumbling drunken fool" is a costume you shouldn't wear to the office.