The ’90s were a wondrous time filled with boy bands, body glitter, and the best kids’ shows to ever grace a television screen. There are so many characters and icons to celebrate. Whenever Halloween comes around, it’s only natural that we’d get the urge to throw it back to the days of our youth, but it can be hard to think back and remember all the books, movies, music, and toys we used to love.
Sure, it’s easy to throw together a vintage Britney Spears costume or to dress up like the characters from Wayne’s World. But, if you’re looking for a throwback costume that’ll really turn some heads, you have to think outside the box. Here, 30 totally rad costume ideas featuring everything from the ’90s you forgot you loved.
1. Space Jam
The only thing better than #squadgoals is Tune Squad goals.
2. Zach and Kelly
The king and queen of Bayside High—but, really, it’s more like Bae-side high, amirite?
3. The Fresh Prince and Carlton
Now, this is a story all about how you’re about to have the raddest costume in town.
4. Clarissa Explains It All
You wanted her to be your BFF back in the day, but now you can actually just be her.
5. Doug (as his alter ego, Quailman) and Patty Mayonnaise
The adorable cartoon couple you shipped before you even understood what that meant.
6. Carmen San Diego
The quintessential mysterious badass from your youth. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook so your friends know where in the world the party is.
Grab two friends and a few long, blonde wigs, and “Mmm-Bop” your way to Halloween glory.
8. Scully from The X-Files
Pay homage to one of your early ’90s feminist heroes—while looking hot AF.
9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy slays, literally. Plus, when you’re dressed like this, you won’t have to worry about any obnoxious randos in Edward Cullen costumes trying to get your number.
10. A Nintendo Gameboy
Back before smartphones, this is what helped us ignore our parents. Now you can relive that magic with this super-easy DIY costume.
11. Ms. Frizzle
School your friends by showing up to the party dressed as every ’90s kid’s favorite teacher, The Frizz.
12. Legends of the Hidden Temple
All the fun of your favorite ’90s game show, but without those damn temple guards to stand in your way.
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If you want to get rid of vampires, you need garlic. If you want to tell some scrubs to back the hell off, you need to dress up like TLC.
14. The Spice Girls
Put a little zig-a-zig-ah in your step with a group costume that’s sure to spice up any Halloween party.
One of your favorite Nickelodeon cartoons in human form. Just make sure you work out a bathroom schedule with your other half, because that looks pretty complicated.
16. The Clueless clique
If you’re buggin’ about what to be for Halloween, look no further than your favorite ’90s besties. Their sophisticated sense of style will have you looking like a total Betty.
17. Arthur and Buster
I bet you totally forgot that you have a favorite aardvark, didn’t you? Well, you do. It’s Arthur, and all it’ll take to rock this costume is a quick trip to a thrift store and some cute ears.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love A Goofy Movie and liars. Since you inevitably fall in the first camp, you should be all about this badass Powerline costume.
19. The Rugrats
No baby? No problem. Just dress up a doll like these two did.
These are actually making a comeback, so this costume will be equal parts nostalgic, timely, and fucking hilarious.
21. Jurassic Park
Who knew khaki shorts and fake dinosaurs could be so thrilling?
22. Hey, Arnold!
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Arnold and his friends spoke to the outcasts inside all of us, and they’re crazy head shapes make for some seriously rad DIY headwear.
23. ’90s Oprah
Go back to simpler times, when Oprah was the queen of daytime television and hadn’t yet made an entire commercial about how much she loves bread.
24. L’Oreal Kids
Every ’90s girl’s very first trendy shampoo, and there are enough different scents for every friend in your group. It’s destiny.
This group costume is all you ever wanted, all you ever needed, yeah.
Selena was a mega-talented queen, and copying one of her many amazing looks for Halloween will make you an instant costume icon.
27. Harriet the Spy
Pay homage to the cult hero who taught us it’s cool to be quirky and smart.
28. Mrs. Doubtfire
What better costume than a hip old granny who can hip-hop, bee-bop, dance ’til you drop, and yo, yo make a wicked cup of cocoa?
29. The Sanderson Sisters
When you think of famous ’90s sisters, you think of the Olsen twins, Tia and Tamara Mowry, and Hocus Pocus‘ Sanderson sisters. No offense to the others, but the Sandersons are where it’s at.
30. Beanie Babies
No discussion of the ’90s could be complete without mentioning the Beanie Baby craze, and no ’90s costume party will be complete if you don’t show up dressed like one.
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