Space Station Halloween! Astronauts Go All-Out with Zero-G Costumes

Six space fliers float in costumes
Clockwise, from left: Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and NASA astronaut (and space station commander) Randy Bresnik pose for Halloween 2017 aboard the International Space Station. (Image credit: Randy BresnikTwitter)

Some years an astronaut or two may dress up for Halloween, but this time all six crewmembers on the International Space Station got their moments in the spooky spotlight.

In a series of tweets, the space station crew shared their Halloween personas in time for the holiday. None went as far as NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's epic ape escape in February 2016, but the full crew posed under the direction of NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik. [Halloween Night Sky 2017: See These Celestial Treats!]

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, a first-time space flier, posed dramatically as Wolverine in front of an American flag. He had spoons for claws, to avoid sharp objects on the space station:

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, on his third mission to space, posed with a simple jack-o-lantern shirt:

Besides taking portraits of all the other crewmembers — and commanding the space station —  Bresnik found the time to pose as Papa Minion:

Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky looked dramatically out the window as a space monkey:

And fellow Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin took a knightly stance in front of the Russian flag:

Finally, European Space Agency astrnoaut Paolo Nespoli got the chance to swing from the ceiling as Spider-Man:

"Now that I can literally walk on the 'ceiling,' I can finally be what I was meant to be," he commented when posting a photo of the whole crew.

Plus, there was a mystery cameo from Thing from "The Addams Family" (see right):

Besides dressing up, the space station crew has been busy harvesting lettuce, cabbage and mizuna from the Veg-03 experiment, according to NASA's space station blog, as well as setting up EarthKAM for students to remotely photograph Earth. Last week, they took a call from Pope Francis. And on Oct. 16, the crew got suppliesfrom a Russian Progress spacecraft; perhaps some of these costumes, or at least some Halloween treats, were on board.

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Sarah Lewin started writing for in June of 2015 as a Staff Writer and became Associate Editor in 2019 . Her work has been featured by Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Quanta Magazine, Wired, The Scientist, Science Friday and WGBH's Inside NOVA. Sarah has an MA from NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and an AB in mathematics from Brown University. When not writing, reading or thinking about space, Sarah enjoys musical theatre and mathematical papercraft. She is currently Assistant News Editor at Scientific American. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahExplains.