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Throw a Mad Scientist Halloween Party

Sep 20, 2011

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Sonal Dutt is the executive lifestyle editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray, the magazine that takes a bite outta life! Besides fast and easy recipes, we’re also full of fun party ideas, cool home, beauty and style picks, tasty travel tips and much more.

We’re always looking for an excuse to throw a party, and what better time than Halloween? We love it so much at Every Day with Rachael Ray that we came up with three great grown-up scare affairs for our October issue: a goth-inspired black widows’ ball, a rock ‘n’ roll karaoke bash and a wacky mad scientist party that really tickled our (skeleton) funny bones. How fun is this: You turn your place into a creepy inventors’ lab, complete with scalpels instead of cheese knives, test tubes instead of cocktail glasses and funky, colorful wigs for everyone. Let the madness begin! [Insert diabolical laugh here.]



[Clockwise from top: Mad Lab Biohazard Resident Evil Virus Glow in the Dark Blacklight Green Candle from lilysbydesignNosferatue Shadow Vinyl Wall Art from PillBoxDesigns; Six large custom test tubes from sneezer222Cyclops Plant from ButterflyLove128 Custom Designed Bottle Wraps and Neck Wraps from partypapers]

For the perfect mad scientist party, you want to strike a balance between sterile white laboratory and eerie Hazmat zone. Pull out all your metal platters, like baking sheets or roasting pans, for a surgical touch, and use wads of gauze for napkins. We could see filling out the party space with hidden surprises, like a Cyclops plant tucked between houseplants and an Igor-like assistant lurking in a dark corner. More ways to do it up right: Aim a black light on a white-lined table, cleverly filled with neon test tube cocktails and water bottles marked “POISON.” Attach a small strobe light to give off a lightning effect (for conducting “experiments”).


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[Clockwise from top left: Weird science cupcake picks from Partystarters; Beaker test tube cookies from acookiejar; Mad science cupcake toppers from Death By Cupcake; Halloween cocktail rim sugar kit from dellcovespices]

Play up our crazy party theme by serving equally crazy food! Add a little bite-size gore to the table by filling glass beakers with eyeball cakepops or lollipops. Round it out with other “dissected” body-part eats, like our Buried Alive Muffins, Severed Finger Cookies or Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes (with “brain” frosting). For easy touches, rim your test tube cocktail glasses with brightly colored sugar. And top all treats with biohazard warnings!



[Left to right: Serotonin Earrings from molecularmuse; Science Affair Silkscreen Microscope Necktie from toybreaker]

Ever wonder what you’d look like if you were hit with a bolt of 1.21 gigawatts? Well, that’s the kind of costume you’re going for tonight. Ladies: Throw a simple white lab coat over your clothes, put on a pair of thick-frame glasses and add some chromosome-looking earrings for sparkle. Top it off with frightening Bride of Frankenstein, teased-out hair (the bigger, the better!) and rubber doctors’ gloves. Guys: Rock a lab coat with a microscope silkscreen tie, or wear a DNA T-shirt to show off your science. For both: Tuck plastic syringes, thermometers or glass vials filled with “chemicals” (juice or food dye with water) in your lab coat pockets.



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Severed finger cookies.

[Clockwise from top: Mad scientist beaker soap from Two Eggplants; Bloody brain soap from brookiesbath; Adjustable brain ring from Neverland Jewelry; Butterscotch scent soap from Cleaner Science]

Give guests a piece of the party to take home by labeling black plastic bags “Lab Sample.” Fill each with cakepops, finger cookies, and lollipops, along with any beakers, brains and eyeballs you’d like to include. We also love Mad Scientist Beaker Soap and Bloody Brain Soap as favors. For extra fun, spook guests by squirting Silly String into the bags before handing them out. They’ll think they’re grabbing brains when they reach in!



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What are your Halloween party plans this year?




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  • AliKan

    AliKan said 8 years ago

    Must do!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    Need severed finger cookies!

  • GiftsWithCharm

    GiftsWithCharm said 8 years ago

    love it!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 8 years ago

    This could be a fun theme for the office. The mad scientist theme is awesome. Love/hate the severed finger cookies!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Awesome theme I love the test tubes, so crazy! I remember when I was at school I went as mad scientist to a Halloween party. Fortunately then I still had a lab coat and I smeared it in all sorts of paint colours!

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 8 years ago

    Haha this is great!! Love this theme because we all know that "geeks have more fun" ;) <-------

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Coolest collection! Love the fingers & the brain cupcakes. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Will show this to my daughter... who happens to be obsessed with Beaker/Muppet......... she'll love to try it!!

  • vintagegoodness1

    vintagegoodness1 said 8 years ago

    Oh how I hated go to my Science classes in school, but I would love to attend a party like this one!

  • nondecaf

    nondecaf said 8 years ago

    Absolutely love this article, such fun!

  • TheBlackOnion

    TheBlackOnion said 8 years ago

    You've inspired my Trunk-or-Treat theme for this year!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!!! I love the test tube and beaker cookies!!!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 8 years ago

    This might be one of the best Halloween themes I've heard yet this year. Love the serotonin earrings and beaker soap!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 8 years ago

    Cool ideas!

  • SacredandProfane

    SacredandProfane said 8 years ago

    Amazing idea!!!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 8 years ago

    Coolest halloween party ever! Those finger cookies are almost too creepy, though. Such a fun collection!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 8 years ago


  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 8 years ago

    What fun!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Love!!!! The fingers are great!!!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 8 years ago

    So many great the severed finger cookies...and the adjustable brain ring!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Awesome. Not sure I could actually eat the fingers..eek!

  • joypompeo

    joypompeo said 8 years ago

    What a great idea for a party!!

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 8 years ago

    Good alternative to the usual. And fun, too!

  • DanasaurDesigns

    DanasaurDesigns said 8 years ago

    awesome! love halloween ideas.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Oh this is fun how awesome are these finds, love the fingers...!!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 8 years ago

    Love these finds! gives me some great ideas for halloween! Thanks for sharing this!

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 8 years ago

    Our Halloween plans are cakepops and scrapbooking kits with lots of cute, but scary stickers.

  • melindaf

    melindaf said 8 years ago

    I absolutely adore Halloween and am planning my 3rd annual costume Halloween Party. There are some Fabulous ideas here - thanks, Etsy, as always for fun, unique ideas!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 8 years ago

    Hilarious! Some really great and fun ideas here ~ thanks!!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 8 years ago

    I absolutely love Halloween. You have some great ideas. We once used beakers for glasses at a party. Had to have a straw with it ....That would fit in with this.

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 8 years ago

    Such a great idea; really unique. I've made those severed finger cookies before and they are divine. So yummy. I love the beaker cookies too! Well done.

  • OhCreativeOne

    OhCreativeOne said 8 years ago

    this is so fun!

  • columbina

    columbina said 8 years ago

    Wonderful. What fun works of art by Etsy sellers. Yay for Halloween.

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 8 years ago

    this is Great..I love the holidays:)

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek said 8 years ago

    Great Halloween finds Sonal!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Great idea!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    Yummm! love those test tube/science cookies!! what great ideas and fun photography in this article. Great stuff.

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 8 years ago

    Has anyone else noticed that Halloween is way more fun as an adult?? LOL! Great ideas!

  • HumphreysHandmade

    HumphreysHandmade said 8 years ago

    That bloody brain soap is awesome. I love this time of year anyway though, 70% of my shop is horror related :-p

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 8 years ago

    This is super awesome!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

    ewww. so awesome!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 8 years ago

    Eeeek, ooooh, eeeew - looks so ghoulish and fun !

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Geeky and cool solutions to a unique Halloween party! Great article! Love Rachael Ray!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 8 years ago

    What a fun idea! I love all the cupcake design....I'm going to try that this Halloween!!

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 8 years ago

    hehehe this is sooo neat!

  • EveryDayRachaelRay

    EveryDayRachaelRay said 8 years ago

    Super fun, right? We had a blast with this party!

  • DominiqueD

    DominiqueD said 8 years ago

    LOVE IT! Specially since I am a mad scientist! I'm deff sending this to my friends for our upcoming chemistry halloween party

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    There are so many great idea's out there! Crazy! Those fingers look so real (and disgustingly nice)! Brilliant!

  • thestellabluegallery

    thestellabluegallery said 8 years ago

    Loving these ideas!!! Can't wait to start the party planning :). Thank you guys too for the Etsy readers magazine subscription deal... Off to order mine right now!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago


  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto said 8 years ago

    Super creepy and gross/awesome! Perfect for a grown-up Halloween.

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    What fun!

  • ekohaus

    ekohaus said 8 years ago

    Super Good idea!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 8 years ago

    Spooooooooooky! I'm going to be throwing an "enchanted forest" theme birthday/halloween party. Great ideas here!

  • yuccamayapapaya

    yuccamayapapaya said 8 years ago

    love it all!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 8 years ago

    I am so making those fingers! My three year old will be both disturbed and delighted!

  • RefugeHeart

    RefugeHeart said 8 years ago

    I think I'm going to throw a mad scientist party with my fourth graders - - I DO teach some pretty wicked science! Thanks for the great ideas!!!

  • CatherineMarissa

    CatherineMarissa said 8 years ago

    My son wants to be a mad scientist when he grows up & Halloween is his favorite, holiday. Must remember to share this with him. :)

  • torocraneo

    torocraneo said 8 years ago

    A halloween party? I am a mad scientist year round :D

  • valerieoutlet

    valerieoutlet said 8 years ago

    This is excellent! We throw a HUGE halloween party every year, so I scour for ideas all year. I already set the theme for this year, but I want to keep this in mind for another year.

  • alisonkelleydesigns

    alisonkelleydesigns said 8 years ago

    What a fun and awesome time to be had with all these goodies!

  • LayOffTheBooks

    LayOffTheBooks said 8 years ago

    Love the finger cookies! I have made them in the past for Halloween with a bit of green food colouring in the dough and labeled them as witch fingers :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    themed halloween party? what a great idea!

  • AuthenticAVictoria

    AuthenticAVictoria said 8 years ago

    I think it is awesome that these blogs feature etsy sellers! What a great way to spread the love!!

  • ClayCat

    ClayCat said 8 years ago

    This is a super cool party!!! Love the original theme and the ideas are hilarious! Super fun! Great article! <3

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 8 years ago

    Looks like so much fun! I've thrown a few wacky Halloween parties complete with specimens and haz mat stuff and I planned to do it again this year, bigger and better than before. Thanks for the suggestions. I am already gathering decor together to decorate!

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 8 years ago

    Love these! Great suggestions and ideas, very creative! Thanks for sharing!

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 8 years ago

    I like the cupcakes with the Trix topping. Sweet treats are the best....

  • FadedRoseFactory

    FadedRoseFactory said 8 years ago

    Fantastic Idea!!!

  • SlippinSouthern

    SlippinSouthern said 8 years ago

    Simply mouthwatering treats y'all.

  • SpringwoodSoaps

    SpringwoodSoaps said 8 years ago

    Ha Ha I love this my husband is always calling me the mad scientists and even posts crazy scientists pics on our facebook page Hee Hee :)

  • iowajewel

    iowajewel said 8 years ago

    love it!!!!!!

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 8 years ago

    Creative theme... Nice to give away a sweet treat at the end of the day to someone who has had a busy hectic day and to see a big smile on their face.

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 8 years ago

    My favorite dessert is lemon chiffon, sweet with a bit tart...

  • torchyhunter

    torchyhunter said 8 years ago

    Love the first cupcake with the rolls (intestines) of frosting. Yuck.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 8 years ago

    Oooh, I love Halloween parties! Great ideas!

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 8 years ago

    Oh how fun will this will be...ohh la la...

  • twamies

    twamies said 8 years ago

    yay deathbycupcake! go delaware etsians!!!

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 8 years ago

    Just read the Haus Press, I like blog. There are some really good blogs to read this evening.

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars said 8 years ago

    This is such a fun theme! The cupcakes are my FAVE!!!

  • lapetiteposy

    lapetiteposy said 8 years ago

    Looks like so much fun! I love this idea :)

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 8 years ago

    Makes me think of the know Beaker and the crazy scientist guy. What a fun idea! And that bloody brain soap-,,,,brookiesbath- YOU ROCK!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Oh what fun! Love those severed finger cookies.

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 8 years ago

    Ha! Crazy ideas. Those poision soda pops are wicked for any occation! XD

  • eastmeetswest

    eastmeetswest said 8 years ago

    This is fun!

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 8 years ago

    seriously fun! what a great article full of GREAT ideas.

  • kmcknight1

    kmcknight1 said 8 years ago

    Very well put together! Awesome idea! Now I can't wait for Halloween.

  • SplendidShop

    SplendidShop said 8 years ago

    Absolutely love this idea! Another party theme to get my creative brain going full steam ahead!

  • sandboxcastle

    sandboxcastle said 8 years ago

    Ack! I love the soap beakers! and the snacks all look too gruesome to eat :) Great party theme for Halloween!

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 8 years ago

    not a bad idea

  • lilblondezombie

    lilblondezombie said 8 years ago

    Wow! This post is awesome! This has introduced some fantastic shops to me. Thanks! : )

  • foodhorrorshow

    foodhorrorshow said 8 years ago

    Very creative! One of the best posts I've seen yet!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 8 years ago

    love the cupcakes

  • TheBerryPress

    TheBerryPress said 8 years ago

    Great fun ideas!

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 8 years ago

    May favorite holiday and now I'm even more inspired for our party this year! Thanks Etsy and Rachel Ray!

  • LaronDesign

    LaronDesign said 8 years ago

    A great idea for a party!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    what a fun party idea, there is so much that could be done with this theme.

  • dreamversion

    dreamversion said 8 years ago

    MWA HA HA!!! Awesome idea!!!

  • vintagehomerecycled

    vintagehomerecycled said 8 years ago

    What fun! I must make those finger cookies.

  • BigHelmetHead

    BigHelmetHead said 8 years ago

    Oooh, I like everything, everything here! I want a Mad Scientist Party, I'd drink the poison and eat all the eyeballs, brains and severed fingers :D

  • BigHelmetHead

    BigHelmetHead said 8 years ago

    Oooh, what a beauty! I want that party! I'd drink the poison and eat all the eyeballs, brains, and severed fingers with gusto :D

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 8 years ago

    hee hee - these are all fun and cute.

  • Esma

    Esma said 8 years ago

    Cool stuff. I love the severed finger cookie idea!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 8 years ago

    om gee. LOVE!

  • anatomyhouse

    anatomyhouse said 8 years ago

    awesome! those cookies are perfect!

  • lilysbydesign

    lilysbydesign said 8 years ago

    THANK YOU FOR FEATURING ME AND MY BIOHAZARD CANDLE!! So excited and this is an amazing group of items

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

    Great picks - Etsy should host a halloween themed craft night.

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 8 years ago

    Love Racheal Rae! Thanks for Sharing these Ideas. TOO FUN! Especially Love the bottles of Poison. Thanks, Tammy

  • daisies143

    daisies143 said 8 years ago

    LUV these! all are great!! <3

  • itaylorw

    itaylorw said 8 years ago

    all those look amazingly cute

  • LorraineYoungPottery

    LorraineYoungPottery said 8 years ago

    WAAA!! the Beakers and test tube cookies are wonderful !! this is a kid's dream day making this stuff... though I am not sure how much would survive being eaten. TIP: I just love mad scientist theme, top it off with the movie, "The man with two brains" with Steve Martin. Lorraine :)

  • ThePinkDillo

    ThePinkDillo said 8 years ago

    How fun! This makes me want to plan a Halloween party - so many great ideas!!

  • AwesomeWallStickers

    AwesomeWallStickers said 8 years ago

    this is great!!! i love the creepy man wall sticker and the test tube cookies. they're so colorful and yummy looking. not going to be eatting any finger cookies though, ugh!!!

  • empressbat

    empressbat said 8 years ago

    What a great article!!! I love those cupcakes with the brain icing!!! Superb. and the test tube cookies!! Such great fun.

  • megansbeadeddesigns

    megansbeadeddesigns said 8 years ago

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO frikin awesome! I love everything featured here! Gotta get my hands on some of that brain soap!

  • catiques

    catiques said 8 years ago

    Love it all, But I started the giggles. Think about sitting at a friends and she/he serves coffee and a cupcake or cookies with severed finger. What a shocker.Hope your heart is good and love the pranks.

  • BrickWallViews

    BrickWallViews said 8 years ago

    The mad scientist beaker soap reminds me of those wax sticks filled with juice that I used to eat as a kid!

  • babblingbrookes

    babblingbrookes said 8 years ago

    This would be sooooo amazing!

  • aviciousabyss

    aviciousabyss said 8 years ago

    Love this! Wish I had time to throw a party! I don't think I'd have the guts to bite into one of those finger cookies though, they look absolutely disgusting! :)

  • herbanlifestyle

    herbanlifestyle said 7 years ago

    Too cool! Mad scientist must be part of the Zeitgeist, because that's the theme of my husband's my costumes this year (I'm dress as Miss Sakamoto).

  • EclecticFun

    EclecticFun said 7 years ago

    This would be almost more fun setting up then actually having the part except you could sit back and look at the reactions. Love to see those finger cookies ingested. :)

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 7 years ago

    Fun party!

  • ZenSay

    ZenSay said 7 years ago

    Looks great I especially like the finger food look...

  • drewtoby

    Drew from drewtoby said 7 years ago

    Wow, now that is one great themed party idea! Thanks for the informative post, and keep up the good work! Owner of

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