13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids

I get it, Halloween is kind of tricky sometimes, especially if you don’t want to go out and buy one of those premade costumes from Walmart.

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Sure, they are convenient, but then you end up with a cheap-looking costume that probably doesn’t fit right so you end up feeling uncomfortable all night. And, as most of us ladies know, the options for women aren’t really that great.

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Well, what if I told you I have solved your Halloween woes with a big ol’ costume list for you? The best part about it is that they are all characters you love from your childhood! Okay, well the actual best part is that I found all the more cost-effective options so these costumes shouldn’t cost all that much.

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That’s right, we all know it’s more fun to dress up for Halloween when you actually care about the costume instead of being a generic witch or zombie, so here are some ideas for you!

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1. Roger Rabbit

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
Buena Vista Pictures

So dressing up as a bunny is pretty plain, but what if you took it up a notch and became Roger Rabbit?

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All you need is:

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A blue polka dot bow tie:

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Some red overalls:

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And of course, some yellow gloves:

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Bonus if you can find someone to be your Jessica Rabbit or your Eddie Valiant!

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2. Lindsay Weir

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
NBC

A lot of us related to Lindsay’s struggle of trying to figure out who she was, so why not go after that iconic style of hers? Bonus, you can probably wear all of her clothes again. Here’s what you need:

Some simple brown pants:

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A brown striped shirt:

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And of course, an over-sized army jacket:

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3. Ned Flanders

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
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Well Hi-diddly-ho neighborino! Sure, you could go with one of the main Simpsons characters, but honestly, who would be more fun to pretend to be for a night than Ned Flanders? I feel like you could have a lot of fun pretending to hate Halloween and calling it a religious disgrace and all. Here’s what you need!

A cozy green sweater:

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A pink button-up shirt:

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And some simple grey pants:

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Then you’re all ready to get your par-diddly-arty on!

4. Arthur

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
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Arthur is always a good choice, probably because he’s become a meme lately. But either way, he’s still an icon from our childhoods, so why not bring him to life? All you need is:

A yellow sweater:

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A white button down shirt:

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And of course his brown glasses:

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But of course if you’re going to be Arthur, you aren’t complete without your D.W.

5. D.W.

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
PBS

Sure, she’s one of the biggest brats on TV, but our lives probably wouldn’t be the same without her. Here’s what you need to be her for the night.

A pink dress:

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A plain white shirt:

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And some white tights:

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I think this outfit gives you the right to sing Mary Moo Cow songs all night, right?

6. Arnold from The Magic School Bus

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
PBS

Sure, he’s kind of a whiny kid, but you know what, he once fought a t-rex so you’ve got to give him some credit! His outfit is super easy to mimic too as long as you own jeans and these two things:

Striped yellow shirt:

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Gold-rimmed round glasses:

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7. Rex Manning

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
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Okay, hear me out, I know Rex Manning is a real jerk, but if you’re going to dress up as something spooky, what’s spookier than a creepy guy? All you need to be him is:

A purple satin shirt, obviously unbuttoned:

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And a black velvet blazer:

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8. Wakko

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
Warner Bros.

I feel like we can all agree he’s the best of the bunch right? Okay, maybe he’s just the craziest, but that’s the whole point of Halloween. Add these items to your plain black pants and you’ll be perfect! Here’s what you need to be him:

A red baseball hat:

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And a long baggy blue turtleneck sweater:

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9. Marty McFly

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
Universal Pictures

I know this costume is a more popular one, but you know what, that doesn’t make it any less awesome. And, you can actually wear some of these clothes again. Here’s what you need to get.

A red puffy vest:

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A denim jacket, because Marty likes to layer:

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And a subtle blue plaid shirt:

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10. Chris Parker

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
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We all know that Chris is the best babysitter that ever existed, so why not honor her with a costume? Here’s what you need:

A long camel wool coat:

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A florescent pink sweater:

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And a long multicolored scarf:

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11. Mork

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
ABC

Robin Williams will always be a comedy legend, and one way to honor his memory is by going back to the start of his career and dressing as the iconic Mork. Here’s what you need:

A red striped shirt:

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And some rainbow suspenders:

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12. Spinelli

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
ABC

Any young girl who grew up a little less girly than the majority probably related to Spinelli a lot. She was tough, cool, and protective of her friends, and her style was epic. Here’s what you need.

And orange beanie:

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A baggy t-shirt dress:

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And a super cool leather jacket:

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13. Laurie Strode

13 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Perfect For 80s And 90s Kids
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This year, we will see the return of Laurie Strode, but why not bring it back to the classic look of the blue button up with the mom jeans? Seriously, it’s so easy. Here’s all you need:

The aforementioned blue shirt:

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And some good old fashioned mom jeans:

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What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Emma C
Freelance Writer