If you (a) are a huge dork, (b) are fairly lazy and have thought of being a “mad scientist or something” for Hallowe’en because you still have that labcoat and goggles from first year chem lying around somewhere, and/or (c) own or have access to a pet, you can quite easily construct a “real” scientist costume that incorporates your companion animal. This is probably only a good idea if you’re going to be staying home and answering the door. It also helps if you can cope with no one knowing what your costume is meant to be—though they should be able to figure out that you’re a scientist, at the very least.
Here are my suggestions. Obviously I’m going to be Schrödinger, myself.
If you are a cat “owner”:
If you are a dog owner (hopefully you’ve trained it well):
If you have a guinea pig:
If you have fish (please don’t take them trick-or-treating):
If you own finches, pigeons, iguanas, or, um, barnacles:
- Charles Darwin
If you have mice or rats (ideally, as pets, not pests) (also I originally typed “rice or mats”):
- Pretty much anyone, even just a generic scientist
If you’ve successfully domesticated a giraffe:
If you’re one of those people who insist on having a pet rock:
If you can afford a domestic fox:
- Dmitry Belyaev
- Can we be friends?
If you own an exotic pet:
- Sorry, you’re a douchenozzle.
If you’ve got a horse:
- Why would you be a scientist when you could have the best headless horseman costume?
Not recommended as a costume: any fruit fly researcher.