Science Halloween Costumes: 2019


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Science Halloween Costumes: 2019

Looking to make your Halloween a little more scientific than spooky? Here are great ideas for adults and kids alike!


Famous scientists from history

  • Nikola Tesla: This inventor, most known for his work in electricity, lived from 1856 to 1943. All you need to pull off a Tesla costume is to wear a suit and his trademark hairstyle and mustache. Find yourself a lightbulb to carry and you're good to go!
  • Albert Einstein: Perhaps the most recognizable name (and face) in all of science history, Einstein's look is easy to replicate. A crazy white wig, bushy gray mustache and a willingness to stick out your tongue will let everyone know who you are! Wear a lab coat and bring along a pipe as props.
  • Isaac Newton: Sir Isaac Newton is considered one of the most influential scientists of all time. Take advantage of the most famous story about Newton, the apple falling on his head, for your costume. All you need is a long curly wig (or hair), a black robe and an apple!
  • Marie Curie: Marie Curie is, no doubt, the most famous female scientist. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only person to win two Nobel Prizes, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize is two seperate scientific fields. For a Curie costume, wear a long-sleeved black dress, a bun and carry around a couple of beakers. You can also make a couple of Nobel Prizes to show off for extra authenticity!
  • Rosalind Franklin: Rosalind Franklin was a key part of the team that discovered DNA. While she's historically been overlooked, more and more people are starting to recognize her scientific contributions. To dress like Franklin, wear a 50's hairstyle, a pearl necklace and a lab coat. Carry around a double-helix so you can let everyone know about her acocmplishments!
  • Ada Lovelace: Celebrate the world's first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, in style! Lovelace lived and worked during the Victorian era in England. Base your costume on her most famous portrait by wearing a purple dress, black lace shawl, and styling your hair in two side buns with a yellow-flowered headband. Even if you aren't recognized, you'll be glamorous!

Contemporary Figures

  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson: As a living meme, DeGrasse Tyson is one of the most recognizable contemporary scientists. Find (or make) a fun space-themed vest and tie, and get ready to talk about space! Neil DeGrasse Tyson is also the narrator of our upcoming planetarium show Dark Universe!
  • Bill Nye: Bill Nye the Science Guy is a beloved figure for 90's kids everywhere, and his popularity hasn't diminished! Wear a blue lab coat, red bow tie and large black-framed glasses to channel your inner "Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill!"
  • Jane Goodall: Who wouldn't love a costume that allows you to carry around a stuffed monkey! To pull off a Jane Goodall costume, wear khaki shorts or pants, a khaki button up, some binoculars and a monkey friend to keep you company.
  • Valentina Tereshkova: Tereshkova is a former Russian cosmonaut, and still the only woman to ever complete a solo space flight. Pay tribute to this trailblazer with an orange flight suit, white CCCP helmet and a kick-butt attitude!


Fictional Scientists

  • Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus: To channel everyone's favrite animated science teacher, you'll need curly, red hair, a printed a-line dress and an iguana sidekick!
  • Dr. Bunsen and Beaker from the Muppets: This duo costume is a great DIY project. Create your Bunsen and Beaker costumes using paper, felt, or even face paint! Meep, meep!
  • Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully from The X Files: Another great duo costume is paranormal investigators Mulder and Scully. Matching dark suits and DIY FBI badges are all you need to show everyone that "The Truth is Out There."
  • A mad scientist: Whether you're channeling Dr. Frankenstein or Dr. Emmett Brown, the classic wild-haired, white-coated, goggle-wearing mad scientist is a fun way to be a little creepy with your science halloween costume.
  • Lieutenant Uhura from Star Trek: Uhura portrayed by Nicole Nicholls and, more recently, Zoe Saldana, was a trailblazer as one of the first black characters to play a major role in an American television series. A snazzy red uniform and classic updo will transform you into Lieutenant Uhura.

Stars and space

  • The solar system: Go as big or as small as you want! Construct a complicated contraption or simply wear a sweater with the planets - this costume is up for interpretation.
  • Your favorite constellation: Another costume option with plenty of potential for creativity is embodying a constellation. Whether you go a more literal or fantastical route, the night sky provides a lot of inspiration!
  • An astronaut: Astronaut costumes for kids are one of our most popular items in our gift shop! If you can't fit into one of these high-quality suits, you can make your own with a little time and craftiness!

Science puns

  • A "graduated" cylinder: Construct a cylinder costume from cardboard and paper then add that graduation cap you've been saving for some reason for this punny costume.
  • Pumpkin Pi: Celebrate the M in STEM with this funny tribute to pi! All you really need is an orange t-shirt with the pi symbol, but going even more elaborate with your interpretation will mean a bigger payoff on Halloween night!
  • Iron chef: This costume has chemistry! For an iron chef, proudly wear the "Fe" symbol for iron on the periodic table on your apron, carry a spatula and wear a chef's hat!

There are so many other science-themed Halloween costume ideas. Are you planning a scientific Halloween? Share your cosutmes below!

Posted by Carly Vaughn at 11:09 AM
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