Seven Nerdy Costumes to Rock This Halloween

Do you usually throw on a white coat or some old scrubs and call yourself a doctor each Halloween? Well, it’s time to change things up. Here are seven costume ideas to spark your creativity.

1. Patch Adams

In honor of Robin Williams, start with your white coat from your classic costume and add on a red nose and any other clown attire.

Flickr | Scott Sanders

Flickr | Scott Sanders

 

Flickr | Agencia de Noticias ANDES

Flickr | Agencia de Noticias ANDES

Bonus points: Dress up as the real Patch Adams himself with the mustache, half-blue hair and all (make sure you read up on his life here: http://www.patchadams.org/patch-adams/).

 

2. Cell (or Organelle)

Jude's Mito Journey

Jude’s Mito Journey

Eukaryote or prokaryote – pick your favorite. Add in all of the organelles and you’re set!

 

Bonus points: Take a cell-fie as a cell in a cell culture area (if you’re the research type).

 

3. Rorschach Ink Test

YouTube | ThreadBanger

YouTube | ThreadBanger

Get a plain white piece of clothing (T-shirt, dress, etc.) and use black paint to make an inkblot pattern. (See a DIY video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvBKWwFvcHE).

Bonus points: Actually psychoanalyze people using your inkblot clothing.

 

4. Organ

YouTube | Ben Rome

YouTube | Ben Rome

Follow suit with Harvard’s “What does the spleen do?” parody and dress up like a human sized organ.

 

Bonus points: Learn to dance like the spleen in the video.

 

5. Microbe

Reddit | Artaxerxes

Reddit | Artaxerxes

While these are normally too small to see, you won’t be missed while dressed as a microbe, be it as a fungus, bacteria, archaea, or virus (as shown below).

Bonus points: Explain how vaccines protect against microbial infection and try to convince others to stay up to date with their vaccinations.

 

 

6. Obamacare

Flickr | greenplasticamy

Flickr | greenplasticamy

Love it or hate it, an Obamacare costume can spark conversation about the topic. Add an Obamacare symbol to an old pair of scrubs or comment on the design of the healthcare.gov website with a 404 error.

Bonus points: Help people if they get sick throughout the night regardless of who they are.

 

7. Organ Donor

Flickr | Mika Marttila

Flickr | Mika Marttila

Wear an organ donation shirt and draw stitches across your stomach. Show them off as much as possible. Carry a “Human Organ for Transplant” lunch box (get one here) and explain that it’s your organ that you’re donating.

Bonus points: Encourage others to sign up to be organ donors.

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Hanna is a MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois and an aspiring physician scientist who aims to specialize in hepatobiliary cancers. She is also passionate about teaching, leadership, and advocacy. The energy she once used to pep up crowds as a college marching band member is now directed toward exciting and educating others about science and medicine, especially through her tweets at @MDPhDToBe and her blog at www.mdphdtobe.com.