Dr. Suess, in his book "If I Ran the Zoo," might have originated the term "nerd" -- "I'll sail to Katroo/And/Bring/Back. . .a Nerkle/A Nerd/and a Seersucker too." Whatever its origins, a nerd is considered to be an uncool bookworm or computer geek. Base your nerd Halloween costume on a recognisable TV character or computer geek, keeping you look affordable by rummaging your closet for the appropriate wardrobe selections.
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Pee Wee Herman
Pee Wee first rose to popularity in the 1980s with his hit TV show for kids. This character, created by actor Paul Reubens, also starred in two movies. Pee Wee is recognised by his slicked back short hairstyle, his one-size-too-small grey suit, complete with white pocket square and red bow tie. In his first movie, his white platform shoes were also a major costume focus. Pee Wee's first movie centred on his beloved red bike, so ride off for Halloween trick or treating dressed as Pee Wee on your own red bike.
Ugly Betty, also a popular TV show personality, was known in the early days of her show for her long, somewhat messy hair (sometimes pushed back off her face with a ribbon or hair band), eyeglasses, braces on her teeth and plaid skirts and knee socks. Add a "Peter Pan" collar white blouse, cardigan sweater and loafers to complete classic "girl nerd" look. Or, go for a more fashion forward Betty look and pair a wildly coloured or patterned blouse with a tank top in a contrasting pattern or colour. Don't forget the "B" necklace -- a purchased rhinestone "B" strung on a chain of fake pearls or one you construct out of cardboard and glitter and string on a ribbon.
Rainbow suspenders, hiked-up "high water" trousers, saddle shoes and extra-large framed glasses all point to one of TV's most famous nerds -- Steve Urkel of "Family Matters." These costume pieces are available at regular department stores, thrift shops and maybe even in your own closet (Just don't tell anyone that's where you dug it up). Watch reruns of the show to practice the Steve Urkel walk and voice for a true Halloween version of this famous nerd. You might even get this character so down-pat that your imitation is, well, spooky.
Geek Squad Repair Guy (or Gal)
A 21st century nerd or geek has everything to do with computers, and the repair company "The Geek Squad" has created a trademark out of this phenomenon. To become a Geek Squad member for Halloween, dress in basic black trousers, white shirt, black tie and no-nonsense hairstyle -- a short, short cut or long hair pulled back into a severe ponytail. Make your costume identifiable by creating your own Geek Squad logo on cardboard or construction paper and pinning it to your shirt pocket. Carry a briefcase full of your repair "tools" and round off your look by wearing or carrying a variety of computerised devices -- phones, e-readers, computers, iPads, etc.
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