20 Amazing '80s Costumes That Will Win Halloween This Year

Cue the nostalgia on fright night.

'80s halloween costume ideas

Ahh, the '80s, what a time to be alive. From permed hair and shoulder pads, to kitsch films and workout videos, there's just so much Halloween costume inspiration to be had from this over-the-top time. Pay homage to your favorite decade with one of these getups.

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workout '80s halloween costume
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Jane Fonda


If you were alive during the '80s, chances are you've done a Jane Fonda workout video. Wear neon spandex and tease your hair to honor the Workout Queen this holiday.

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prince '80s halloween costume
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You'll have your Halloween party guests collectively singing "Purple Rain" all night long when you wear this Prince getup.

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stranger things eleven '80s halloween costume
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Eleven From 'Stranger Things'


Bonus points if you can convince three more pals to dress up as Stranger Things' Jonathan, Steve, and Nancy.

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stranger things joyce '80s halloween costume
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Joyce Byers


If you'd go to the Upside Down and back for your kids, dressing up as the fearless Joyce Byers from Stranger Things-inspired might be the best costume for you.

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princess bride '80s halloween costume
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Princess Buttercup From 'Princess Bride'


Want to be Princess Buttercup from Princess Bride for Halloween? As you wish.

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princess bride westley '80s halloween costume
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Dread Pirate Roberts From 'Princess Bride'


If you're planning a Princess Bride couple's costume, your fella should channel the flick's hero, Westley. Ironically, Westley was also in costume — as Dread Pirate Roberts — for a good chunk of the movie.

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terminator '80s halloween costume
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Cybord From 'The Terminator'


There's a good chance that The Terminator was his favorite film of the '80s, which means that the cyborg will be his favorite Halloween costume of the 2010s.

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gremlins '80s Halloween costume 
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You know the rules: Avoid bright lights, water, and Halloween candy after midnight to prevent that unfortunate transition from mogwai to gremlin.

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ghostbusters '80s halloween costume


This realistic suit comes with an inflatable backpack, so you'll have everything you need to catch your Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

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the shining twins '80s halloween costume
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'The Shining' Twins


While a vintage-inspired blue frock will certainly nail the Grady twins' signature aesthetic, gaunt eye makeup really seals the "undead" deal.

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beetlejuice '80s halloween costume
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Here's a costume that checks two Halloween costume boxes: '80s-inspired and downright spooky.

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baby dirty dancing '80s halloween costume
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Dirty Dancing


Wearing Baby's last-dance dress basically mandates that you recreate Dirty Dancing's movie poster for Instagram. You've also gotta attempt that lift. Just sayin'.

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michael jackson '80s halloween costume
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Michael Jackson


No '80s Halloween costume party is complete without the musical star of the era, Michael Jackson, in one of his most memorable looks. Note the gold glove.

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cassette '80s halloween costume
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Pair a cassette costume with a vinyl, CD-ROM, and iPod to show a decade-by-decade progression of music.

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the little mermaid '80s halloween costume
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Ariel From 'The Little Mermaid'


Believe it or not, Disney's The Little Mermaid first hit theaters in '89. Feel old yet?

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track suit '80s halloween costumes
Track Suit


If you came of age in the '80s, chances are you already have one of these (and a slew of matching scrunchies) hanging in your closet. But buy this if you donated your trusty track suit years ago.

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Maverick From 'Top Gun'


Take this Halloween to new heights (literally) by reprising Maverick's in-flight ensemble. Motorcycle and aviator sunglasses not included, unfortunately.

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bob ross painting '80s halloween costume
Bob Ross Painting


In this tank dress, you'll be Bob Ross art imitating life. Talk about the most '80s Halloween costume ever.

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sandy grease '80s halloween costume
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Sandy From 'Grease'


Grease lightning! Everyone's seen this classic film, so you'll be a fan favorite when you show up to your party in Sandy's iconic all-black ensemble and red lipstick.

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danny grease '80s halloween costume
Danny From 'Grease'


Dressing up like Grease's resident stud, Danny, in his gym gear not only reference's the era's go-to teenage heartthrob, but also points out how far athleisure has come.

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