15 Groovy '70s Costume Ideas That Are Just the Right Amount of Ridiculous

Woodstock is calling your name.

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The'70s called and they want you to borrow their signature looks for your Halloween costume. Good thing the period's pop culture and movie scenes were essentially walking costume parties. From flower-power hippies to disco queens, there are so many options.

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'70s halloween costume forrest gump and jenny
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Forrest Gump and Jenny

Forrest Gump told the expansive story of the '70s by showcasing major world events, like the Vietnam War and Woodstock. Pay homage to that time by dressing up as the film's main characters.

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What you'll need: ukele ($20, ), flower crown ($15, ), red baseball hat ($8, )

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Daphne From 'Scooby Doo'

Get the gang back together to dress up like the decade's favorite (albeit fictional) amateur sleuths. The best part? You'll obviously get to dress up your pup as Scooby Doo.

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'70s halloween costume diana ross
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Diana Ross

If you're going to arrive at your Halloween party dressed like the Queen of Disco, you're required to start a group rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." It's mandatory.

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'70s halloween costume laverne and shirley
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Laverne and Shirley

Grab your best friend and a few items in your closets and go as Laverne & Shirley, '70s sitcom roommates who were also BFFs.

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What you'll need: black flats ($12, )

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Hey, it isn't a '70s Halloween costume round-up without at least one hippie in the mix. We're seriously loving this vest. 

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'70s halloween costume beatlemania
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Beatle Mania

The Beatles broke up at the dawn of the '70s, but Beatle Mania pulsed on throughout the period. Grab some friends, hit a vintage clothing store, and DIY fan signs to recreate the frenzy.

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'70s halloween costume disco ball
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Disco Ball

This DIY disco ball, crafted from a balloon, newspaper, and a handful of other around-the-house items, is super-groovy last-minute solution.

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'70s halloween costume yoko ono and john lennon
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Yoko Ono and John Lennon

To recreate Yoko and John's signature looks, find all-white ensemble and floppy hat for you and a Canadian tuxedo and round-rimmed glasses for him.

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What you'll need: white floppy hat ($14, ), round sunglasses ($11, )

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Disco Diva
$26.09 (66% off)

Raise your hand if you've got Saturday night fever! Though this jumpsuit gives off major disco vibes, it's the voluminous wig that really paints the picture.

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Disco King

Convincing him to wear this skin-tight rendition of the '70s male disco goer is going to require a foolproof argument. We've thought of that too: Just tell him that every disco queen needs her king.

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'70s halloween costume ziggy stardust
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Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie created his iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust in 1972. Reprise the persona this Halloween, with the legend's signature lightning bolt face makeup.

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What you'll need: face paint set ($6, )

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'70s halloween costume jaws shark cage
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Jaws Cage

In honor of the 1975 film Jaws — the world's very first blockbuster! — construct a mobile shark cage that just about every character in the film would have benefited from.

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Peace and Love

The only way to make a bell-sleeved mini dress feel even more '70s is by adding a pair of leather go-go boots. Oh, and don't forget an epically teased hairstyle.

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Princess Leia From 'Star Wars'

1977 marked the debut of one of the biggest movie franchises of all time: Star Wars. Channel the original trilogy's heroine, Princess Leia, in space buns and a long white dress.

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What you'll need: white dress ($18 and up, )

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The 😀 became a universal symbol in the early 1970s, after French journalist Franklin Loufrani trademarked it and launched the merchandise company "Smiley." Betcha didn't know that!

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