Halloween is a fun time of year filled with tricks, treats, and of course, dressing up.
Patients who are stuck in the hospital or an acute care office will love seeing nurses in costume. It will brighten their day and remind them to smile.
Stumped for what to wear this Halloween? We’ve got you covered.
Here are 10 fun Halloween themes that your whole unit can participate in.
1. Classic Halloween
Think witches, ghosts, goblins and mummies, along with black cats, vampires, scarecrows and pumpkins. Classic Halloween never goes out of style and offers a wide variety of fun choices.
2. Peter Pan
Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Smee all have great appeal. Add in a bunch of Lost Boys and Tick Tock Croc, and you’ve got yourselves a winning theme.
3. Favorite Sports Team
It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of a favorite sports team. Shirts and jerseys aren’t hard to come by. Add in a big styrofoam ‘Number 1’ hand for fun. And don’t forget—someone should dress up as the referee.
4. Pirate ship
Ahoy, matey. If you have a crafty bunch, set the stage with a big cardboard pirate ship for wall décor. Simple striped shirts and bandanas, a beard and an eye patch will complete the look.
Being a superhero for Halloween isn’t much of a stretch for nurses–we’re already superheroes! From Wolverine and Iron Man to the classics, such as Superman, Batman and Captain America, there is a long list to choose from. Make sure to represent those invaluable sidekicks, too!
6. 101 Dalmations
White scrubs, black spots, a black nose and puppy ears. The unit will look like a kennel with so many dalmation nurses running around. If you have a nurse manager who enjoys a good laugh, have him or her dress as Cruella DeVille.
Minions are all the rage. Grab some minion party decorations to spruce up the unit. A yellow long-sleeve shirt, blue scrub pants and big round costume glasses will be enough to suggest a unit full of minions.
8. Wizard of Oz
Dorothy, Toto, Glinda the Good Witch and more. There are lots of great characters and costumes to choose from when it comes to this well-known story.
9. The tropics
A necklace of flowers and a grass skirt over your scrubs is a simple, inexpensive costume that can easily come on and off as needed. Buy floral necklaces in bulk and hand out to patients and families.
10. Where’s Waldo?
A red and white striped shirt, matching pompom hat and dark-rimmed glasses will have all of your patients wondering, “Where is the real Waldo?”
Does your unit do themed Halloween costumes? Tell us what you’ll be dressing up as this year or share your favorite Halloween ideas!