Star Wars, Elvis haunt the ISS on Halloween

The International Space Station crew also has a mad scientist to keep them company.

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Elvis, Darth Vader and a mad scientist take over the ISS on Halloween.

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Cosplay in spaaaaaace!

The crew of the International Space Station is in the Halloween mood with a trio of out-of-this-world costumes. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted photos of the shenanigans on Wednesday, saying the crew was having "a scary day in space."

Cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos is working on his hip-shaking rock'n'roll moves as Elvis Presley, complete with wig, sunglasses, stick-on sideburns, guitar and an upturned jumpsuit collar. Gerst is hiding inside the Star Wars Darth Vader outfit while wielding a lightsaber. 

NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a physician, donned a lab coat she has up in orbit and added some goggles and a patch with a skull and crossbones design. The outfit makes her look like a mad doctor or mad scientist.

The costumes are part of a grand tradition of dressing up in space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spooked us out with a creepy mask in 2015. ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posted a selfie as Star Trek captain Kathryn Janeway earlier that same year. And, oh yes, there's a gorilla suit on the ISS.

There are only three crew members on board the ISS right now after a failed Soyuz launch earlier in October. They are continuing with their science duties, but still have enough spare time to celebrate Halloween in style.

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