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Halloween costumes with a college twist

Jenna Johnson

It has hit crunch time for deciding what you will be on Halloween. Stores are selling out of the best costumes. Your friends have already claimed the season's most popular looks (which likely made Gawker's list of lame ideas to avoid). You need to make up your mind now.

What about a costume with some collegiate humor? Well, here are some options:

Karen Owen
"Karen Owen" is now a household name in most frats across America. She's the recent Duke grad who slept with more than a dozen athletes and then evaluated their performance in a joke thesis called "An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics." Owen never wanted to share her research with more than a few friends, but it accidentally went viral last month. Accessories are really the key to this costume -- so make sure to print out a hard copy of her 42-page Power Point presentation and stock up on Duke lacrosse gear.

Quidditch Player
"Aww, are you Harry Potter?" "Um, no, I'm a quidditch player. It's a becoming more and more of a respectable sport on college campuses across the country." Grab that Hogwarts cloak from several Halloween seasons ago and your broom that doesn't actually fly -- and wear this costume with pride.

The Mean Dean
In September, we also met former St. John's University dean Cecilia Chang, who is accused of treating her grad students like servants (oh, and embezzlement). One student reports having to act as Chang's driver, plus take out garbage and shovel snow. Another grocery shopped, cooked and did the laundry. Another cashed Chang's check so she would have money for a casino.

The Alleged Georgetown DMT Lab Scientists
Last weekend a Georgetown University freshman and his high school friend were arrested for allegedly producing a LSD-like drug called DMT in a top-floor dorm room. The two were released (with electronic monitoring devices) to their parents earlier this week. Throw on a Georgetown sweatshirt and maybe a white lab coat, drink your beverages out of a mason jar but do not actually try to create DMT yourself -- it's a crime.

Can of Four Loko
It's the hottest new drink on the market this semester! It's a black out in a can! It's a super cheap alcoholic energy drink! Dress yourself up as one of the beverage's 10 different flavors. But just because you dress as Four Loko doesn't mean you should go crazy drinking Four Loko. Be safe!

Mark Zuckerberg
He's a 26-year-old Harvard drop-out worth $6.9 billion who is personally responsible for creating a Web site that eats up so many hours of your life. And "The Social Network" is still in theaters. So grab your North Face fleece and make some fake Facebook business cards proclaiming that you are, well, the CEO.

A Controversial Mascot
Earlier this month NBC sports released a list of the top 10 mascots, who were given the honor based on "newsworthiness, style and general awesomeness." This list is a treasure trove of costume ideas. You could go as Ohio University's Rufus the Bobcat, who famously tackled poor little Brutus Buckeye of Ohio State University. Or always-getting-into-trouble Goldy Gopher from the University of Minnesota. Or Colonel Reb.

Do you have any more collegiate costume ideas? If so, detail them in the comments section. And if anyone actually uses one of these ideas, I want to see pics!

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By Jenna Johnson  | October 29, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  Night Life  | Tags:  Duke, Georgetown, Halloween, Harvard, Ohio State, Ohio University, St. John's, University of Minnesota  
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Comments

I think the "Mean Dean" costume is the most effective for college students. It is a prime example of how you are going to become somebody's secretary for the first few years outside of college. You might as well get the experience now. It might even look good on your resume.

Posted by: AKellyNKU | November 3, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

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