Smart and Simple Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Did you forget about the faculty Halloween party? Are all of the last minute costumes too daft to even consider wearing? Well, here are five costumes that are as intelligent as they are easy.

(Almost) Superman

(Property of DC Comics.)

Everyone wants to be Superman. He is powerful, intelligent, and has an unwavering sense of justice. While you too may have these traits, you probably do not have the cape. Well, the sensitive, everyman of Clark Kent is here to save the day. Just unbutton your Oxford to reveal the Superman shirt you that were probably wearing anyway.

The Doctor

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If you know anything about The Doctor (or have read our previous post), you know that this time-traveling astronaut is the perfect choice for an intelligent costume. While he can be manic at times, his outfit conveys the intellect and deliberation within. It may be a bit traditional, but most people will have a jacket and bow tie laying around. The Fez is optional.

The Son Of Man

If you are really in a pinch, then it is time to grab your bowler hat and raid the lunchroom. The Son Of Man by Rene Magritte is a instantly recognizable image that will resonate with art experts and art amateurs alike. Getting the apple to float may be a bit tricky though.


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With a B.S. in Physics and an M.D. from Stanford, this FBI agent was the stern and scientifically minded counterpart of Mulder on the X-Files. Despite being an excellent role model for women, Scully also makes a smart choice for Halloween costume. Pin a printed out FBI badge on to a simple, black suit and start looking for the truth that is out there.

The Invisible Man

Between Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man, classic film has been a valuable source for costume ideas. However, one of the most overlooked also happens to be one of the easiest to achieve. A robe, a pair of sunglasses, and head’s worth of bandage is enough to achieve this iconic image. Of course, you could really become The Invisible Man and just not show up to the party at all.

What smart costume did you wear this Halloween? Let us know in the comments!

Nathan Repp is a writer for Scholar Hero, Inc.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” A Scholar Hero defined.

In the last month, Scholar Hero has brought in a few talented designers to create a new look for our site and our overall brand. We now have a new logo and banner that we are very proud of, reflecting our core ideals in a simple yet deliberate way.


We’ll add our new slogan, “where bright minds come together,” but for now, this’ll do.

As you can probably tell by the symbolism, we are embracing the notion that we are building something for the superhero in all of us, that part of our being that looks beyond ourselves to create a better world for everyone.

In a lot of ways, scholars are superheros to millions of students around the world, and their efforts can impact billions more. Many of them operate for “the sake of knowledge” or “the love of teaching,” and we always want to encourage that. The question for us, then, is to get into specifics and ask everyone out there how we can help.

To start, we want to know if there are certain types of scholar superheroes out there that we should recognize and design our platform according to your preferences. Some examples we have thought up so far include:

The Technician: Always building, tinkering, perfecting their latest masterpiece.
Classic example: Tony Stark / Iron Man sans the acerbic wit.

Even you could be a billionaire genius playboy philanthropist.

The Detective: Exploratory and fully aware of their surroundings. Able to solve mysteries without breaking a sweat.
Classic example: a less emo version of Batman.

A few ethics might get compromised in the name of justice…

The Telepath: Able to read people’s instincts and virtually their minds. Typically very charismatic and great listeners.
Classic example: Professor X leads the pack, naturally.

When you think about it, Cerebro is pretty much… a social network platform.

The Scientist: Looking for the right answers but always willing to admit when they’re wrong. Their brains are both encyclopedic and perpetually precocious.
Classic examples: Drs. Reed Richards or Hank McCoy come to mind. #seewhatididthere

For the sake of brevity, I’m going with the one that’s played by Frasier Crane.

The Infiltrator: Able to navigate any situation with ease. They often rely on their agility and cunning to stay above the fray.
Classic examples: Catwoman without the kleptomania, or a mature Kitty Pryde.

Perhaps the most work-safe photo of Catwoman on the Internet.

If you have some thoughts on your own about how these hero types should look, or perhaps you have a few of your own, fill out the following form. We would love to hear more and help you get started on your quest to become a Scholar Hero.

Note: Apparently there are not really enough scholarly female superheroes to reference, with Oracle/Batgirl the only one that is often mentioned as such. Such injustice will not stand in time.