Another year, another epic Halloween under the wraps! HTHQ brought their best game this year with some amazing costumes and a record-breaking 15 groups that competed in our annual lip sync contest. From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones to everyone’s favorite fairy, we had our fave licenses covered.

Check out the gallery below for some of our Halloween 2016 Costume Contest highlights! Don’t forget to stay tuned on @LifeatHT for what you’re all really waiting for… Lip sync contest clips!



Meet Bobby.

Bobby is an Assistant Project Manager with the Construction team. He has been playing the drums since he was fourteen years old and is totally obsessed with music. Learn more about his Hot Topic journey!

How long have you worked for Hot Topic?

Just about 3 years now. I started with Hot Topic as one of the mail guys. I worked in the mail room. Basically, I had a passion for music. I worked for a record label before working here. I knew I wanted to be a part of a company that was musically influenced. I thought you know what, I have some administrative experience in my past so I’ll try to get my foot in the door. The only thing that I saw on the website was that there was an office service position. So I applied for it, interviewed, and got the job. And then from there kind of had taken a new path in my career with some of the opportunities that were opening up around the company. I’m now an associate project manager, so I think the progress of starting in the mail room to now being management, is a huge bonus. The progression is pretty awesome. Read More

At Hot Topic, we firmly believe in fostering an environment of open communication. Once a quarter, all HQ employees gather to share news, upcoming events, and congratulate each other on a job well done. New employees are greeted, recently promoted associates are recognized, and everyone celebrates the company successes.

Plus, there’s food trucks.

Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from our latest Communication Meeting! Read More

Every year, Hot Topic HQ partners with the New Horizons organization to hold a back-to-school Backpack Drive in support of local Title I schools. With the help of our generous vendors, Hot Topic collects hundreds of backpacks to give to children in need. Each department pledges a number of backpacks and stuffs them with all the school supplies an elementary student could need: from crayons and glue sticks to composition books and pens. Read More

Meet Mallory.

As part of the Purchasing Team at Hot Topic HQ, Mallory helps bring the amazing things you’re totally obsessed with to Hot Topic stores nationwide. Get to know a little more about her and why she loves working at Hot Topic. Read More

Meet Joe.

Joe is of the many buyers who brings the things that you’re totally obsessed with into Hot Topic stores. Love WWE? Yeah, this is the guy who should get those thank you fruit baskets. Read More

Hot Topic is more than just your favorite store. Our headquarters are located in City of Industry, CA and house everything from our Merchandising and Marketing departments to Human Resources. With an onsite cafe and even a gym, you’ll walk in and feel right at home. Check out the slideshow below to see where the magic happens! Read More

Here at HQ, Halloween is NOT just another day. We’re big on celebrating and even bigger on dressing up. Department themes, lip syncing, and choreographed dances… These are a few of our favorite things. Check out pictures from our 2015 Halloween party below! Read More