The general premise of Halloween hasn’t really changed much over the years, but kids in the 90s really did have it better.
This is why.
1. These Trick-or-Treat Buckets
They came with every Happy Meal, and they were the perfect vessel to carry the copious amounts of candy you were about to get.
2. The McNuggets
I promise this is not just about McDonald’s, but were these toys not the best thing to get? A chicken nugget that doubles as a Halloween toy. Brilliant.
These were the best candy to get, other than full-size chocolate bars, of course. I always tried to keep one of these in my mouth as long as I could before it was excruciating…I never lasted long. But that sweet, sweet aftertaste was worth it.
4. Tales From The Crypt
He may still give us nightmares, but the CryptKeeper was a somewhat of a Halloween mascot for us all. Some of those stories, though? Man, they were not for kids.
5. MC Hammer Singing Addams Family Song
Name a more iconic cover. I’ll wait.
6. Goosebumps Books
Okay, so these weren’t strictly Halloween books, but every story felt a little more real when you read it in October.
7. Any Mystery Books
Something about Halloween made me want to delve into every single mystery book known to man. Nancy Drew, Babysitter’s Club, Hardy Boys, whatever I could get my hands on!
8. The Scream Mask
Don’t know what to be for Halloween? Scream. It was the easiest costume, because you just needed the mask. If you had black clothing you were basically set. The more I look at it, the freakier it gets. One of these costumes isn’t too bad, but when 75 people show up to school all wearing the same mask, it’s off-putting to say the least.
9. Treehouse of Horror
No Halloween special could top The Simpsons and their Treehouse of Horror episodes!
10. Hocus Pocus
You can watch this movie every year and it never gets old. It is the ultimate Halloween movie and should be respected as such.
This was the first “scary movie” I ever watched, and yes I realize it is not that scary. But we were graced with Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Aggie and for that we must be forever thankful.
12. Pumpkin Carving Kits
Can we talk for a second about how people are starting to be super lazy and are PAINTING their pumpkins? No. You buy one of these, struggle until you break the tools, and then yell “SCREW IT” and do a standard scary jack-o-lantern. It’s TRADITION.
13. Halloween Beanie Babies
Just one more to add to your collection…or four more. Who’s counting? Not me.
14. Dollar Store Makeup Kits
Halloween has gotten way too fancy. People legit hire makeup artists to get their whole bodies painted like a zombie or whatever. Whatever happened to grabbing one of these kits from the dollar store and just hoping for the best? It worked for me.
15. Peanut Butter Candy
So I 100% understand that people have allergies and it’s important for everyone to be safe on Halloween. That being said, I don’t think I want to live in a world where people have stopped handing out peanut butter candy. Give me Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or give me death.
What do you miss the most?