Best Throwback Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costume Throwbacks

Picking a Halloween Costume can be hard. There are so many choices out there and you don’t want to look like everybody else. If you’re searching for the perfect outfit, here are some ideas from your favorite pop culture icons. Get ready to experience a wave of nostalgia as you look at these throwback costumes.

“Hey Arnold!”

An iconic Nickelodeon cartoon, this “Hey Arnold!” costume is definitely sure to win over ’90s kids. The costume is pretty easy to put together, too. Go as Arnold himself or gather up some friends to round out the rest of the cast, although you can probably leave Stoop Kid at home to pass out candy.

Spice Girls

“Tell me what you want, what you really really want.” If what you really, really want is a fantastic group costume, this is it! Get the girls together to dress up as Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh to recreate one of the greatest girl bands of all time. Who hasn’t dreamed of being a Spice Girl?

Bill and Ted

This totally excellent costume idea will provide for a most excellent Halloween adventure. Unfortunately, a time machine isn’t included, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn back the clock for one night and recreate the duo from the 1989 comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Don’t forget to play the air guitar!

Powerpuff Girls

Save the world from evil! Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are the perfect Halloween trio. All you need to complete this look are blue, pink, and green outfits, and the right-colored wig to be one of these sassy superheroes. These girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, a winning combination.


All you need for this classic look is some makeup and the perfect Blue Steel face. Are you ready for your close-up? The title character from the cult-classic Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller, is the ideal low-key Halloween look, so get ready to purse those lips and strut the catwalk.

Wednesday Adams

Whatever day of the week Halloween falls on, you can’t miss with this classic. All you need is a black dress, braided hair, and a look of general disdain and loathing. If you want to look creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, Wednesday Addams is the perfect costume for you. Don’t forget to snap your fingers when people inevitably hum The Addams Family theme song at you.

Freddy Mercury

You will definitely be the champion if you dress up in this costume. Freddie Mercury was such a fascinating and talented person. Who wouldn’t want to dress up as the lead singer of the iconic rock band Queen? He certainly had a flair for the dramatic making this costume an unforgettable one.

Beanie Babies

This was everybody’s favorite ’90s toy. Countless ’90s kids had huge collections of these bean-filled plush toys and considered them a sound investment for the future. Your Beanie Baby collection might not make you rich, but they’re certainly a creative idea for a Halloween costume. Don’t forget the tag!


Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Who doesn’t have fond memories of this cult classic? To complete the Beetlejuice look, throw on some pinstripes and you are ready to go! To really create the Beetlejuice effect you can top it off with a crazy hairstyle. A Beetlejuice costume is certain to haunt a Halloween party in the most welcome way possible.


The Pokemon Go craze means that this ’90s fad is now more popular than ever. You can dress as Pikachu, Ash, or your favorite Pokemon character…but don’t be too surprised if your friends end up making an attempt to capture you. After all, you’ve gotta catch ‘em all, right?


Do you remember the MTV animated series about Daria Morgendorffer? Of course you do. A spinoff of the hit show “Beavis and Butt-Head,” this show featured a smart, sassy, and wildly sarcastic protagonist. For an added bonus, get a friend to dress up as Daria’s best friend, Jane Lane.

A League of Their Own

There’s no crying in baseball, but there might be tears from the loser after you and your friends win the costume contest with this throwback outfit. This 1992 film was about an all-women’s baseball leagues during WWII and has remained a classic. This costume is all about the girl power!


Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po were the main characters of the slightly creepy yet oddly loveable Teletubbies. It was one of the most popular shows of the ’90s, so this costume is sure to stir up people’s memories. To really get into character, speak the Teletubbies’ language: made-up gibberish.

The Magic School Bus

A popular animated series based on a bestselling series of books, this was every ’90s kids’ favorite way to learn about science. It was educational and also entertaining! The eccentric Ms. Frizzle was known for her kooky outfits, including wild earrings, dresses, and of course, her out-of-control hair.

Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget first aired in 1983. This animated television series focused on a loveable but dim-witted detective. Somehow, Inspector Gadget always managed to save the day, in spite of his less-than-stellar detecting skills. It must help to be equipped with built-in bionic parts. This costume is sure to be a hit!

The Flintstones

Dress up as a modern Stone Age family! “The Flintstones” first aired in 1966, making it a beloved cartoon that has withstood the test of time. You can’t really go wrong dressed as Fred and Wilma. If you have a large group, add on more characters like Barney and Betty Rubble.

The Nanny


Everybody’s favorite TV nanny! Fran Fine had it all: style, flair, and a posh job in New York City with a handsome employer who she eventually married. Brush up on some Yiddish phrases for added authenticity, and practice your most nasal laugh. Don’t forget to tease your hair; Fran always wore hers big!

Child’s Play

This terrifying ’80s horror film provided nightmares for countless children. If you want to dress up as Chucky, the possessed doll, you’ll have a killer costume. Literally. This murderous doll makes for a great costume but maybe stay away from kids while wearing it, unless you want to give them months of bad dreams.


This beloved children’s cartoon first originated as a comic strip in 1929. Generations of children (and adults!) have known and loved Popeye the Sailor Man and his wife Olive Oyl. Don’t forget to lug around a can of spinach, just in case you need to unleash your super strength, whether or not you actually eat it is up to you.


You’ll be the one everyone wants with this costume! Gather up the girls and guys to go as members of the Pink Ladies and their greaser boyfriends. Just be fully prepared for people who see you to break out in song and dance. “Summer lovin’, had me a blast…”

Back to the Future

Yes, it is a disappointment that hover boards still don’t exist in spite of what these films promised us. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up as Marty McFly and save the future. Or the past. It really depends on which movie you’re thinking of — time travel can be pretty confusing.

Britney Spears

Oh baby, baby. Now this is a costume that will be talked about. There is nothing more classic than Britney Spears in one of her most iconic costumes. Just make sure that you dress as pre-meltdown Britney Spears and not post-meltdown Britney Spears. You don’t have to shave your head for this costume.

Fresh Prince

It doesn’t matter if you’re from West Philadelphia or not — this costume is sure to get everybody rapping the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. And who can blame them? This is the show that catapulted an already famous Will Smith to superstardom and taught the world the Carlton Dance.


You don’t need little girls in two straight lines to pull off this costume, but you do need an awesome hat! For some added authenticity, introduce some French phrases to go along with your costume and people will be sure to compliment you all night long. Can you say “merci beaucoup?”

“South Park”

These quirky and foul-mouthed children are not really kid-appropriate but will be a hit at any adult Halloween party. The costumes are also very simple and low key, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to throw these looks together. Just be careful about getting too deeply into character — you don’t want to offend all of your friends!

Wayne’s World

This comedic film from the early ’90s starred Mike Myers and Dana Carvey and was based on a Saturday Night Live sketch so you know that it’s hilarious! The main characters had a pretty iconic look which will be fun and easy to pull off as a quick costume. Start practicing your best jokes!

Grady Twins

These spooky twins from Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining will be sure to creep everyone out this Halloween. Practice your creepy stare for maximum effect. Find a friend to dress in a matching outfit and prepare to make everyone uncomfortable at Halloween parties when you ask them to play forever.

“Boy Meets World”

Has there ever been a more iconic couple than Corey and Topanga? With a spin-off airing on TV, this couple is more beloved than ever. Relive the days of high school romance and acid-washed denim with this “Boy Meets World” costume. This is the perfect couples’ costume!

Hocus Pocus

The Sanderson sisters from the Halloween film Hocus Pocus are some of the most popular witches of all time. Winifred, Sarah, and Mary are obsessed with maintaining their youth, but you can probably settle for winning a prize for best costume. Just don’t get too carried away with your spell casting!


It seems that everyone had a collection of these troll dolls! Revive the craze by dressing up as these crazy-haired little monsters that everybody seemed to love. Just don’t actually be naked like the dolls are — that might get you into some trouble. Instead, opt for some clothing that matches your skin tone to mimic the effect.

“Saved by the Bell”

This television show dominated TV in the early ’90s and provided us with many unforgettable characters like Screech, Zack, and Kelly Kapowski. Who can forget Zack’s giant cell phone? This is a throwback costume that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Dig up those neon prints and get ready to use a lot of hairspray!


This was everyone’s favorite video game franchise growing up. Practice your best Italian accent and get ready to rescue Princess Peach! Dressing up as this iconic character is sure to be fun for everyone. If you really want to be popular, break out that game console and challenge everyone to a game of Mario Cart.


This getup will be sure to have everyone looking for you! It’s a pretty easy look to put together, so it’s fun and convenient. You could turn your Halloween party into a real-life version of Where’s Waldo! Just be prepared to have people yell, “I found you!” all night long.

Curious George

Go with a friend as Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat. Just don’t let that curiosity get you into too much trouble! This could also be a fun look to take your kid out trick or treating in. It’s a real crowd pleaser that will be sure you score you a lot of candy.

Dr. Evil

This character from the Austin Powers film franchise is just too fun to pass up! Dr. Evil may be a super villain who was the antagonist of all the movies, but he’s also hilarious and quite the memorable bad guy. Don’t forget to bring your Mini Me along to complete the look.

Alice in Wonderland

This beloved children’s book character provides for a timeless and classy outfit. With so many characters to choose from, you can round out your group costume with a variety of classic characters. Just be careful not to fall down the rabbit hole. Now go get your costume together before you’re late for a very important date!


This costume will ensure that you have a lot of friends to play with on Halloween. Remember the days when everyone was glued to their Gameboys instead of their iPhones? Relive the glory days by reminding everyone of the simpler times when they could pass away the hours playing Tetris.

Toy Story

This iconic series of films was lighthearted on the surface but somehow ended up being a real tearjerker that reminded us that childhood doesn’t last forever. Relive your childhood by dressing up as one of the toys from this movie and prove that you can always be young and heart. Up, up, and away!

Scooby Doo

Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? Get the gang together and hop into the Mystery Machine (or just take an Uber) with this cartoon-themed costume! Pick one character or all of them. Whether or not you have any sleuthing skills, you’ll know that this is a great idea for a Halloween costume that all your friends will love!