20 Halloween Outfits That Aren't Full-On Costumes

Still spooky.

No matter how much you want to, you can't actually wear a jack-o-lantern head everywhere starting September 1. Ahead, 20 gothy, office/non-party-environment-appropriate outfit ideas—because you don't want to be the only one who shows up to an adults-with-wine Halloween shindig dressed as the Babadook...or do you?

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BDSM-ish Black

Daytime: Dress with boots, pretty standard. As soon as the clock strikes 5 p.m.: Harness on.

Shop similar: Zana Bayne, $185

BUY IT: net-a-porter.com.

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Witchy Schoolgirl Black

When you have class at 7 and a coven meeting at 8. (This is actually Dior, and I love the sequin top layered under a dress with a BUSTLE, but you get it, don't you?)

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Givenchy Black

Where's the fun in not being to be both Sexy [Insert Your Name Here] *and* Sexy Jon Snow in the same year?

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Bustier Black

"I'm not your baby." —Banks, also Anne Hathaway when she wore a similar outfit in the Devil Wears Prada

Shop similar: Fleur du Mal, $230

BUY IT: net-a-porter.com.

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Dress-Over-Pants Black

If the other witches in your coven mostly work in art or fashion, this combo will impress them, maybe even enough to nominate you for Supreme.

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Bodysuit Black

And now, a few for those whose preferred aesthetic is "homicidal porcelain doll." A sheer dress over a bodysuit says "If imma chase a family with a kitchen knife, imma make it look sexy."

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Sheer Lace Black

Ditto, but with pants so you can catch the dad faster.

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Not Black!

You might have to finesse the beauty a bit more to get the right vampire's wife effect, but the flowier and more regal, the better.

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Office-Ready Not Black!

The rich tones and textures really make this, but the lipstick *really* makes it, so you might have to sneak it on after work like you're back in grade school.

Shop similar: Kat von D, $21

BUY IT: sephora.com.

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Glampire Black

Me, rising from the dead.

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Klerb Black

Me, at my second stop after rising from the dead. (The first would be Shake Shack.)

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Mary Poppins Gone Bad Black

A full-skirted dress—but leather. Velvet shoes—but vertiginous. Sweet—but a little bit twisted.

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Ingenue Black

We know some people would never want to do a "scary" or "funny" costume, and we get it—here you go.

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No, You Can't Take My Coat Black

If you can't wear a floor-length velvet cape on Halloween, then when can you? (Besides Fashion Week.)

Shop similar: Alberta Ferretti, $1,175

BUY IT: farfetch.com.

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My Ex Is Coming Black

Yessssssss, opera-length leather gloves. Fetch my lorgnette.

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Straight After Work Black

Do you see a dress-code violation here, Janet? I DIDN'T THINK SO.

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Fun Socks Black

They show my personality.

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I Just Came from a Workout Black

Who cares if your sports bra is still damp if it's under a cobwebby top worn with satin trousers?

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Only Sort of Like a Pumpkin Black

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Like a Virgin Black

Or like Cher Horowitz in that one scene.

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