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Making a Mad Scientist Laboratory


Spooky Laboratory Ideas Galore

Mad scientists have a certain appeal. Maybe it can be explained by the kooky hair or the mysterious experiments or the creepy lairs. At any rate mad scientists and spooky laboratories are cool, especially at Halloween.

Making your own mad laboratory is easy. You can transform any room into a laboratory with a few props. You can even perform your own mad science experiments to wow your guests. Start plotting your mad scheme now.

This is mad!

This is mad!

Mad Scientist Costume

Putting together a mad scientist costume is not hard. The most important part is the lab coat. White is the usual color, but other colors would work as well. Many stores that carry scrubs also have lab coats. You will also need some safety goggles. If you want to look like Dr. Horrible, look for welding goggles. Or you can go the thrifty route and get a pair of plastic goggles from the dollar store. Gloves are also a great addition to a mad scientist costume. Rubber cleaning gloves will serve the purpose.

Wear something geeky under the lab coat. Button up shirts and khakis are typical mad scientist apparel. Suspenders are also a nice touch. If your lab coat has pockets, stick kooky looking things in them like a pocket protector, a syringe, pliers, test tubes, droppers, or a ruler.

Wigs can be a nice touch to the mad scientist costume. Wild, crazy hair is the stereotype. You could also do something simple with your own hair. Guys can slick their hair down into a comb over. Or you could make your hair look messy.

Don't forget to practice your maniacal laughter as you plot to take over the world.

Mad Science Party Ideas

Lab Cart

Lab Cart

Creating a Laboratory

Making a laboratory is all about setting the scene with the decorations. Try to find a table that looks like it could belong in a laboratory. Some kitchen islands or carts could serve the purpose. If you can't find anything right, cover a table with a plain black tablecloth. Cover the rest of the furniture with black or white tablecloths or sheets. It will instantly give the room a spooky vibe. Normal items instantly become mysterious when they are covered.

Covering the windows with colored cellophane also enhances the creepy atmosphere. Green, purple, or orange would look good as long as it is still translucent. Add lights. Green, purple, or orange string lights are ideal.

Gather items that would be useful to a mad scientist. Microscopes, calculators, rulers, some tools, and some kitchen utensils could all be used to make devices. Scoopers and metal tongs serve many uses in a laboratory.


Spooky Laboratory Equipment

Spooky Laboratory Equipment

The Lab Equipment

Beakers, test tubes, and Petri dishes are a must. Real lab equipment can be expensive. Check toy stores for plastic items, which are usually cheaper and a better choice for the younger scientists who might break glass equipment.

Glass jars, vases, and bottles can also be substituted for real lab beakers. Floral departments usually carry vases that look like beakers. Walmart usually stocks some that are only a few dollars.

Graduated cylinders, thermometers, and droppers are also good props. Measuring cups are also needed in laboratories and most people already have them in their kitchens.

Wires and tubing can be wrapped around the bottles to look like an experiment in progress. Hardware stores carry clear plastic tubing that is inexpensive.

Test Tubes

Mad Science Experiments

Mad Science Experiments

Adding the "Mad" to the Lab

What good are empty bottles and test tubes? Make your lab look like it is up to no good with simple ingredients. Add food coloring to water to make instant lab chemicals. Fill each tube with a different color.

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You can also mix a little dish washing liquid into some of the beakers to look as if the chemicals are reacting. Mix vinegar and baking soda together in of the bottles to create a bubbling experiment. A lemon juice and baking soda mixture makes a frothy reaction.

Fill jars with strange items like colored egg shells or fake body parts. You could even put chicken bones in a jar. Make sure they have been cleaned first.

Dry ice is a must for mad science experiments. Adding a piece of dry ice to test tubes filled with water makes for a very spooky looking experiment. The dry ice will cause the liquid to bubble and fog. To find out more about dry ice check out the article below.

  • Using Dry Ice
    Dry Ice is the frozen form of carbon dioxide (CO2). Though safe, dry ice must be handled properly. Dry ice can be used for special effects such as fog, science experiments, for cooling and freezing, and carbonation among other uses.

Mad Science Poll

Mad Science Experiments

If you really want to put on a show for your guests, perform some mad science experiments of your own. Here are some easy experiments that have a really cool effect.

Mad Science Experiments

Body Parts

Shouldn’t your mad laboratory have some spare body parts lying around? Make fake body parts sensory boxes to gross out your guests.

  • How to Make Sensory Feely Boxes
    Sensory boxes are simple, inexpensive, and entertaining for children. Kids learn about the world by exploring their senses. Great for any theme. Make fake body parts boxes for Halloween.

Petri Dishes

Serve brownies to your guests in these Petri dishes. It will look like something grown in the lab.

Tell me about your Halloween...

Happy Halloween!

WriterJanis2 on September 19, 2012:

Such a fun and unique lens. Blessed!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 17, 2012:

This looks like lots of fun for Halloween!

anonymous on August 03, 2012:

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Candace Bacon (author) from Mad Laboratories on February 10, 2012:

@julieannbrady: That sounds like it would be very fun to see!

julieannbrady on February 10, 2012:

Ah ... this takes me back a few years to the mad scientist laboratory at FujiFilm Hunt in Orange Park, FL. It was manned by 3-5 mad scientists at any one time. And, boy could they cook up some mysterious formulas!

Candace Bacon (author) from Mad Laboratories on November 29, 2011:

@waldenthreenet: Mad science is great for kids. Gets them into science in a fun way.

Candace Bacon (author) from Mad Laboratories on November 29, 2011:

@Yawapi LM: You can probably offer tons more tips then. What about pocket protectors? Thanks!

waldenthreenet on November 28, 2011:

Mad Scientists inspired by real scientists--for kids and for parents and teachers. Climbing on shoulders of great minds ! Thomas Edison -- Mad Scientist anyone ?

Yawapi LM on November 27, 2011:

Great lens - I am a scientist and love the whole mad scientist theme. Seriously, I have colleagues who are like this on a normal day. Suspenders are de riguer, as is the crazy hair.

Candace Bacon (author) from Mad Laboratories on August 18, 2011:

@Mishael A Witty: Thanks! Kids love mad science. It's fun and educational. Have a happy Halloween!

Mishael A Witty on August 18, 2011:

What a fun idea! I love it! It would be great to do with the girls when they get a little older. Thank you for sharing this. :-)

Candace Bacon (author) from Mad Laboratories on August 13, 2011:

@kimbesa2: Mad science can be definitely done throughout the year. Halloween just makes it seem spookier. Happy Halloween!

kimbesa from USA on August 13, 2011:

This would be fun all year round, and especially at Halloween...thanks!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 07, 2011:

Great ideas on this theme! Sounds like spooky fun for everyone.

Candace Bacon (author) from Mad Laboratories on July 22, 2011:

Wah, ha ha! (That is my mad scientist evil laugh). Thanks for the comments.

anonymous on July 21, 2011:

"Please, step into my lab or atory.....just always wanted to say that! I agree with Lady, you just have a whole lot of fun here!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 10, 2011: this is a one very fun lens. I love magic and mystery and these labs have it all. Love it!

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