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RedBubble has an expertly curated Halloween collection with beautiful pumpkins, cat and skull art. I’m going to dig a bit deeper into their Halloween assortment, and look at science items specifically. I managed to find 13 items that are spookily scientific and scientifically spooky.
The Halloween science trope
The Venn diagram of science and Halloween only slightly overlaps, and when it does, it can be difficult to avoid the “mad scientist” trope.
This axolotl in a lab coat is in the stereotypical mad scientist style. Look at him throw his head back in maniacal laughter!
In a similar vein, there’s this card of a salamander in a beaker of eyeballs, and this tote bag with the radioactive warning label. They make research labs seem like a terrifying place.
The Halloween version of science labs are often more science fiction than science. They’re inspired by Frankenstein and Rocky Horror Picture Show. “Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab.” It’s not the most realistic portrayal of science.
There’s nothing scary about scientists, of course. They don’t look like wild-haired mad scientists. They just look like regular people. So one of these shirts would make a much more realistic scientist outfit for Halloween.
Halloween science jokes
Another science Halloween twist is the “spooky science jokes” genre. Some of these aren’t specific to Halloween. Your baby would always look great in this Schroedinger’s Cat DEAD/ALIVE outfit:
And which physicist wouldn’t want a spooky action at a distance laptop sticker?
Statisticians, meanwhile, can get this paranormal distribution shirt:
The periodic table is always an easy fallback option for chemistry humour. Did you know that the elements of Halloween are Iron (Fe) and Argon (Ar)?
Anatomically correct bats for Halloween
For something a bit more gothic and classy, we turn to biology, history and art for some anatomically correct bats.
This bat skeleton T-shirt uses a scientific illustration from 1874, originally by Sir Charles Bell.
And this tote bag has a collection of bat images drawn by the famous biologist and scientific illustrator Ernst Haeckel.
Other science Halloween items on Redbubble
The number pi is often associated with math and science, but it’s really just a number. It’s great material for pi/pie puns, of course, and what would Halloween be without this pumpkin pi pouch?
Finally, if chemistry is more your thing, this chemistry of blood poster would look great as a science Halloween party decoration.
However you’re celebrating Halloween, you have no excuse now not to add a little science to the spooky mix!