Costumes I've seen so far have covered a lot of ground: superheroes, mimes, Mega Sharks, and even binders (for political humor). But one costume department sorely lacks representation: physics costumes.
To help boost physics' Halloween cred, I will be "NASA Mohawk Guy" for Halloween this year. Bobak Ferdowsi -- the NASA Mohawk Guy -- achieved fairly widespread Internet fame during the landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover in August.
As a flight engineer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ferdowsi helped ensure Curiosity's safe arrival on Mars before it explored the red planet for signs of water and life.
While he already has an awesome job, respect for Ferdowsi took off after live streaming video revealed his haircut for the mission. Ferdowsi donned a red and blue-tipped mohawk with stars carved into the sides of his head. Apparently, his team votes on a new haircut for him to wear for every mission.
A meme quickly arose. Ferdowsi's twitter following exploded, and he was flooded with congratulations, questions, and even marriage proposals. But the true power of the mohawk (excuse the hyperbole) lies in its ability to encourage many otherwise science-averse people to get excited about physics.
So Physics Buzz readers, what's your costume for this year? If you're still looking for ideas, you could always go as Spectra, the laser superhero from our comic books like one of our readers last year.
Here's hoping that you put a pinch of physics in your costume ideas. Happy Halloween!