Halloween costume ideas with a higher ed twist

October 18, 2012

How do we extend this to the world of higher education? For those of you looking to show off your nerdy collegiate side, here are some ideas:


Dramatic Halloween inspiration: Dragas (left) and Sullivan (right). (Norm Shafer/For The Washington Post)

A MOOC: This buzzword stands for “massive open online course” and is the latest experiment with online education. To pull this off: I have no ideas. Good luck. Send me your pics.

University of Tennessee frat bros: I would recommend that you draw your inspiration for this costume from the stoic news conference that occurred after the party where a member allegedly butt-chugged wine and landed in the hospital with severe alcohol poisoning. Please don’t let your inspiration be that party. To pull this off: At least two dozen bros dressed in dark suits and sunglasses, plus statements.

An unemployed college graduate living at home with five-digit debt: Too depressing? Yeah, it is. Sorry. Never mind.

A breast-feeding professor: At the beginning of the semester, an American University anthropology professor brought her sick baby to the first day of class and briefly breast-fed while lecturing. After a student journalist raised questions, the professor published a strongly worded essay (“Exposéing My Breasts on the Internet”) that criticized the reporter. To pull this off: A sick baby, an AU wonk T-shirt and a print-out of the essay.

More ideas that were shared on my Facebook wall:

* “A Gordon Gee Bow Tie from Ohio State is a classic in the Buckeye State.”

* “A bottle of Adderall.”

* “Why not go as a promissory note?”

* “Going with a couple’s theme — a Paper FAFSA and a pen.”

* “Dress up as a helicopter parent... you’ll need some chopper blades (sorta like Inspector-Gadget style).”

And some more from Twitter:

@wpjenna “The Ivory Tower” - either make a human sized copy of the Ivory soap box OR a lot of ivory soap boxes glued into a tower

— wcet (@wcet_info) October 16, 2012

@wpjenna “Hitting the books” - dressed as a baseball player with books glued/nailed to the end of a baseball bat

— Cali Morrison (@calimorrison) October 16, 2012

@wpjenna Sexy scientist!

— Ousmane Mariko (@OusmaneMariko) October 16, 2012

Please add more ideas to this list by leaving a comment below.

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.
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