25 Nostalgic '90s Halloween Costumes That Celebrate An Outrageously Fun Decade

Because who doesn't wish it were still the '90s?

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If you've ever wished you could build a time machine that transports you back to the '90s, well, you're not alone. Everyone loves the decade that brought us boy bands, Friends, and mom jeans. While we may not have an actual time machine handy, these throwback '90s Halloween costumes are the next best thing — and now that some of the signature looks of the '90s are back in style, it'll be even easier to piece together some of these DIY costumes.

Whether you'd rather pair the high-waisted jeans hanging in your closet with your favorite flannel to dress as Topanga from Boy Meets World or dust off your platform shoes to wear with a babydoll dress to look like Romy or Michele, it's never been easier to emulate the '90s. If DIY isn't your thing, don't worry: There are plenty of ready-made '90s costumes you can purchase at a reasonable price. From movies to toys and pop culture icons, these 20 looks will take you — and everyone at your party — back to a decade of fun.

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Disney
Spinelli

If you ran home after school to catch Recess, then feisty Spinelli may just be the costume for you. Throw your hair in pigtails and practice your best scowl for this amazingly 90s costume.

What you'll need: Yellow hat ($7, Amazon), red dress ($16, Amazon), striped tights ($10, Amazon), black moto jacket ($39, Amazon)

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Wilton
Mary Katherine Gallagher

$60

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One of the most iconic SNL characters to date, Mary Katherine Gallagher makes for an amazing Halloween costume. And no, you don't have to smell your own fingers the whole night.

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Universal Pictures
Dr. Ellie Sattler

Ellie may have just started out a plant scientist, but she ends up being one of the heroes in Jurassic Park. The even better news is that she makes for a super simple costume. Bonus points if you can find someone to dress up as a dinosaur with you.

What you'll need: Khaki shorts ($23, Amazon), purple shirt, ($6, Amazon), pink button down ($22, Amazon), brown belt ($12, Amazon), hiking boots ($27-37, Amazon)

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Britney Spears

Britney spears provided us with many anthems of the late '90s, and her "Baby One More Time" video launched one of her most recognizable looks to date.

What you'll need: School uniform ($35-37, Amazon), pink feathery hair ties ($10, Amazon)

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Warner Brothers
Will Smith in 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air'

Lean into the wild style of the '90s with a nod to Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

What you'll need: Retro shirt and hat ($17-20, Amazon), glasses string ($7, Amazon),

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TriStar Pictures
Matilda

Matilda was truly an icon for any '90s kid, and her look is super simple to copy. As long as you have her signature red ribbon, you'll be good to go. If you want to go the extra mile, carry a book around with you.

What you'll need: Vintage-inspired dress ($27, Amazon), red ribbon ($7, Amazon)

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Sony Pictures Television
Elaine Benes

Start practicing your dance moves because Elaine makes for an extremely easy costume. Plus, if you want to do it on the cheap, you can likely find all the items you'll need at a thrift store. Put some wild curls in your hair and you'll be ready for your next Halloween party.

What you'll need: Oversized blazer with shoulder pads ($18, Amazon), 90s-inspired dress ($27, Amazon)

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Target
Princess Zelda

$49

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The 90s gave us some iconic video games, including many installments of the Legend of Zelda franchise. Whether you loved the video game, or just like the idea of dressing up as an elfish-inspired princess, this Zelda costume is sure to be a hit.

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Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Angela Chase

Nothing says '90s teenage angst quite like Angela Chase. The best part of all is that her look is super easy to recreate.

What you'll need: Oversized flannel shirt ($25, Amazon), grey dress, ($19, Amazon), black tights ($8, Amazon), auburn wig ($19, Amazon)

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90s Halloween Costumes - marge simpson
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Marge Simpson

$20

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You'll definitely turn heads when you walk into the party dressed as Marge Simpson — especially if you decide to go all out and use body paint to turn your skin that signature Simpson yellow.

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90s Halloween Costumes - Lola Space Jam
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Lola from 'Space Jam'

$25-30

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All you'll need to complete this look is a pair of bunny ears — and a friend who'll be the Bugs to your Lola.

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Jessie from 'Pokemon'

$55

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The best part about dressing as one half of Team Rocket? You already have a catch phrase ready to go: "Prepare for trouble!"

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'90s Halloween Costumes - Romy and Michele
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Romy and Michele

Grab your BFF 4ever, break out the platform shoes and choker necklaces, and live your best Halloween life as though it's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Get the tutorial at Camille Styles.

What you'll need: Shiny fabric ($3, Amazon); platform heels ($33-50, Amazon); feather boa trim ($30, Amazon); choker necklace ($10, Amazon); name tags ($6, Amazon)

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'90s Halloween Costumes - Mia Wallace Pulp Fiction
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Mia Wallace

$55-60

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This Pulp Fiction costume is the perfect opportunity to rock a sleek, devious wig.

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'90s Halloween Costume - Clueless Cher
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Cher

$60

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Consider this Clueless outfit a free pass to use the phrase "as if!" whenever you like.

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'90s Halloween Costumes - Lisa Frank
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Lisa Frank Dalmation

A colorful Lisa Frank-inspired Halloween costume is pretty much the opposite of anything dark and spooky.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

What you'll need: White t-shirt ($4, Amazon); white shorts ($5, Amazon); colored felt ($7, Amazon); paint brush ($5, Amazon)

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'90s Halloween Costume - Angelica
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Angelica from Rugrats

$45

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All together now: "Cynthiaaaaa!"

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'90s Halloween Costumes - Topanga Boy Meets World
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Topanga

Odds are you already own everything you need to pull off the girl-next-door character from Boy Meets World.

Get the tutorial at Hello Rigby.

What you'll need: Button-up plaid shirt ($22-25, Amazon); jeans ($30, Amazon); white sneakers ($14, Amazon)

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'90s Halloween Costume - Bubbles Powerpuff Girl
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Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls

$35-45

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This classic cartoon character may be sweet, but she can kick butt when necessary.

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'90s Halloween Costume - Ms. Frizzle
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Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus

$30-40

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Get ready to give a few lessons in this charming (and slightly kooky) Halloween costume.

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'90s Halloween Costumes - Pink Power Ranger
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Pink Power Ranger

$60

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Now's your chance to channel the hardcore vibes of this '90s heroine. Make it a family affair and everyone can choose their favorite Ranger color.

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'90s Halloween Costume - Troll Doll
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Troll Doll

It's all about the hair — and belly button jewel — when it comes to this iconic toy ensemble.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

What you'll need: Nude dress ($12, Amazon); troll wig ($13, Amazon); craft gem ($14, Amazon)

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'90s Halloween Costumes - Saturday Night Live Spartan Cheerleader
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Saturday Night Live Spartan Cheerleader

$30

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You better have some peppy moves prepared if you're going to pull off this legendary SNL character.

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'90s Halloween Costumes - Spice Girls
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Ginger Spice

$20

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Convince your friends to dress up as the other Spice Girls so you can all zigazig-ah.

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'90s Halloween Costume - Beanie Baby
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Beanie Baby

Customize this costume by simply adding the "TY" tag to any outfit resembling your favorite beanie baby toy.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

What you'll need: Bright green dress ($20, Amazon); orange gloves ($10, Amazon); styrofoam balls ($7, Amazon); orange spray paint ($13, Amazon); assorted card stock ($9, Amazon)

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