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How to Make a Mad Scientist Costume For Halloween

Updated on June 6, 2018

Dress Up As Doc Brown, The Mad Scientist In Back To The Future

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Dress Up As A Mad Scientist This Halloween

A Mad Scientist costume creates a picture in your mind, doesn't it? Do you picture Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, Doc Brown from Back to the Future, Dr. Frankenstein from Young Frankenstein or the Mary Shelley book, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein or some other professor type? Here is a list of some of the most famous mad scientists I can think of:

  • Dr. Evil - Austin Powers
  • Dr. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus
  • Dr. Jekyll - the alter ego of the kind Mr. Hyde From Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
  • Dr. Strangelove - Wheel chair ridden evil scientist
  • Dr. Frank N Furter - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Doc Brown - Back to the Future
  • Dr. Nefario - Despicable Me

These are some pretty whacked out characters, but they all fit the requirements needed to be classified as a mad scientist. Each and everyone of them is an evil genius who has gone too far in the name of science. My favorite looks on the list are Doc Brown and Dr. Frankenstein...at least the Gene Wilder version. Most of them would be a fun theme to dress up in for Halloween.

Typical Mad Scientist Costume Clothes & Accessories

Goggles, rubber gloves, bow tie, wild wig, white lab coat, and a beaker of some experimental, glowing slime
Goggles, rubber gloves, bow tie, wild wig, white lab coat, and a beaker of some experimental, glowing slime | Source

Clothes You Need To Dress Up As A Mad Scientist

In my mind's picture of a mad scientist I see an older gentleman with wild wacky hair. I think I am picturing Doc Brown or Einstein, two friendly,madcap scientist types. Here is a list of what materials you will need to make your own costume:

  • White Lab Jacket
  • White Shirt
  • Bow Tie
  • Wild Hair Wig or Hair Gel To Make Your Own Hair Style
  • Black Rimmed Glasses or Lab Goggles
  • Black Rubber Gloves

Nerdy Lab Accessories Include:

  • A Pocket Protector
  • Beaker Full Of Glowing Slimy Liquid - Jello & A Glow Stick in a plastic beaker

Dr Frankenstein Costume Ideas

Wild hair, stethoscope, white jacket, in some pictures he is wearing goggles...he makes a great scientist costume theme
Wild hair, stethoscope, white jacket, in some pictures he is wearing goggles...he makes a great scientist costume theme | Source

Dr. Frankenstein is a character from Mary Shelley's novel written in 1818. It's the story of a young doctor who, after the death of his mother, tries to create living tissue. The funniest version of this story is "Young Frankenstein" starring Gene Wilder as the mad scientist. You can see he fits the part perfectly in the picture up above.

A key aspect of this crazy, mad lab guy is the wild hair! A stethoscope is another prop you might want to consider for this outfit. A Plastic container with a foam brain - you can find those weird "Grow A Brain" for this. It comes as a small brain and when you put it in water, it grows. Label this lab specimen "Ab-Normal" just like the one in Young Frankenstein.

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The Mad Dr. Evil Costume Look

Gray pants and gray nehru jacket, pinky ring, bald cap...learn to say "evil" a lot, put your pinky to the corner of your mouth, and carry a bald rex cat toy.
Gray pants and gray nehru jacket, pinky ring, bald cap...learn to say "evil" a lot, put your pinky to the corner of your mouth, and carry a bald rex cat toy. | Source

Dr. Evil is a character from the movie, Austin Powers. This maniacal doctor is played by Mike Meyers. He isn't dressed in the white coat we see so many scientists in, nor does he have the wild hair we often see. He is, in fact, bald. He is clad in a gray nehru suit. He has a bald Sphynx cat named Mr. Bigglesworth and his trademark hand gesture is holding his pinky finger to the corner of his mouth.

So, the clothing and accessories you need to recreate a Dr. Evil costume at home are:

  • A Bald Cap
  • Pinky Ring
  • A Gray Suit - Nehru style
  • FX Scar Kit - To Make A Scar Under Your Right Eye
  • A Stuffed Sphynx Cat (that's a bald cat)

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To Make A Mad Scientist Costume You Will Need

Mad
Scientist
Costume
White Coat
Wild Hair
Boots
Gloves
Stethoscope
Name Tag
Eyeglasses or Goggles
Bow Tie
Beaker & Slime

"I'd love to be a mad scientist who plays around with chemistry, and solves all the world's problems and creates a few of them himself."

— Kellan Lutz

Here's How Your Homemade Dr. Nefario Costume Should Look

Goggles, name tag, lab insignia, rubber gloves, white lab coat, Minion doll, crazy plaid pants, and a pair of boots
Goggles, name tag, lab insignia, rubber gloves, white lab coat, Minion doll, crazy plaid pants, and a pair of boots | Source

"For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, here's a tip: Why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness."

— Jack Handey

How To Capture The Dr. Nefario Mad Scientist Costume Look

What separates Dr. Nefario's mad scientist costume look is the red plaid pants. These are a must when you are trying to recreate this character's look. To make this DIY costume you will need:

  • Red Plaid Pants
  • Black Goggles
  • White Lab Coat
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Yellow T-shirt
  • Black Boots
  • A Name Tag (optional)
  • A Lab Symbol (optional)

Dr. Nefario

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"Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab."

— David Cronenberg
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How To Make A Doc Brown, Back To The Future, Costume

Doc Brown was the odd scientist who got Marty McFly into a time machine made from a DeLorean DMC-12 car. He had fitted the car with a " Flux Capacitor" so it could pass through the time continuum and go ahead through time. The car had to reach 88 MPH before it could jump through time. To recreate the Doc Brown mad scientist costume look from Back to the Future, you will need:

  • A White Lab Coat
  • Wild, White Hair
  • Yellow Gloves
  • Radiation Symbol (for the back of your lab coat)
  • A Stop Watch - you can make one from cardboard
  • Goggles

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