Halloween is by far my favorite holiday and I’ve always prided myself on having interesting costumes as an adult.
As kids, I think we all had a few years of standard costumes — Power Rangers, Disney princesses, and pumpkins, are just a few of my childhood choices — when it was as much our parent’s choice as ours. But as adults, we can dress up as anything we want (or nothing, if that’s your propagative)! And personally, I just don’t see the appeal of a sexy cat or a giant crayon when you have all of history and imagination to tap in to.
I recently put together 21 costume ideas for smart people to enjoy for Bustle.com. Here’s a little taste:
From suffragettes to Hermionie Granger, this list includes some really smart, real and fictional guys and gals to get you feeling inspired. Happy Halloweening!
Women have been able to vote in this country for the last 95 years — but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Honor our feminist forebears with a suffragette costume on Halloween. You’ll need the 1920s starter kit of a long dress, warm coat, some boots, and maybe even a hat. And don’t forget a “Votes for Women” sash or sign!
2. Hermione Granger
Hermione Granger taught us that it’s possible to have it all. She had beauty, brains, and bravery, and Harry Potter would not have been able to defeat Voldemort without her. You might actually be able to pull her costume out of things in your closet — a pleated skirt, a white button down, a gray sweater, and, of course, a Gryffindor necktie.
All you history buffs will love this one. Not only did Nefertiti bring a (short-lived) religious revolution to ancient Egypt, but she also ruled as pharaoh after her husband died. You can snag one of the totally cliché Egyptian costumes from any Halloween store, or you can follow Take Back Halloween’s guide to DIYing the costume.
4. Temperance Brennan
On Bones, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is literally the best in her field. A woman who’s the greatest scientific mind in her area of expertise is super worthy of a Halloween costume. Brennan is a smart dresser outside of the lab — lots of blazers — but I think her blue lab coat is more of a signifier. Just add a fake Jeffersonian badge, and you’re ready to fight crime!
You can see the rest of my ideas over on Bustle.com! Hope these have inspired you to costume greatness!