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44 Nostalgic Costumes To Turn Halloween Into Flashback Friday

Finding the perfect Halloween costume can be tricky, but sometimes it's easiest to look to the past.

Halloween just so happens to fall on #FlashbackFriday this year, so going with a costume that evokes memories of growing up in the '80s and '90s makes perfect sense.

We updated our post from last year to bring you even more awesome costumes that are full of nostalgia for a simpler time -- one full of Ghostbusters, "Reading Rainbow" and '90s Nickelodeon cartoons, that is.

1
Heffer Wolfe from "Rocko's Modern Life"
The only chance for you to break out those purple suspenders.
2
The Magic School Bus
Ms. Frizzle would be proud.
3
Carmen Sandiego
Found her.
4
Launchpad McQuack from "Duck Tales"
"Life is like a hurricane, here in Duckburg, Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes -- it's a duck-blur!"
5
Oblina and Krumm from "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters"
When you have to carry your eyeballs around, too, that's just a lot to keep track of.
6
"Dumb & Dumber"
It's a Halloween parent tradition: forcing your sense of humor onto your children. One hundred percent more adorable if you're also adorable little kids in an adorable little wagon.
7
"Reading Rainbow"
It's coming back maybe!
8
Gadget from "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers"
Ch-ch-ch-Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers!
9
Darkwing Duck
Let's. Get. Dangerous.
10
Steve Urkel
He DID do that.
11
Gem and Cheetara from "Thundercats"
Now that would be an interesting music supergroup.
12
Elaine Benes from "Seinfeld"
Get OUT!
13
Mary Poppins
Warning: Umbrellas not for flight.
14
Beaker from "The Muppet Show"
MEEP!
15
Ash and Pikachu from "Pokemon"
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You'll get some many looks, you won't catch 'em all.
16
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
"Captian Planet, he's our hero, gonna take his friendships down to zero!"
17
"Double Dare" contestants
Pickup line of the night: "Do you want to take the physical challenge?"
18
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Also a great excuse to wear a tutu in public.
19
Buzz Lightyear (as Mrs. Nesbitt)
Major props for the specificity of this one.
20
Cher and Dionne from "Clueless"
As if!
21
Daria and Jane from "Daria"
They really nailed the misanthropic facial expressions.
22
Derek Zoolander
Blue Steel IRL.
23
... And Mugatu
"They're breakdance fighting!"
24
David Bowie in "Labyrinth"
Jareth the Goblin King has never been so adorable.
25
Bill Lumbergh From "Office Space"
Yeaaaahhh ...
26
Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace from "Pulp Fiction"
Pre-Mia's heroin overdose, obvi.
27
Stick Stickly
Don't act like you don't remember his address.
28
Jay and Silent Bob
Let's hope they don't have to stand in front of that liquor store all night.
29
Drew Carey and Mimi
Nailed it.
30
Little Pete from "The Adventures of Pete and Pete"
Giner? Check. Hat? Check. Petunia? Check.
31
Nickelodeon "GUTS" contestant
You know you wanted a piece of that Crag.
32
"Legends of the Hidden Temple" contestants
Purple Parrots vs. Orange Iguanas FTW!
33
Dr. Evil and Mini-Me from "Austin Powers"
You don't have to go with the most obvious "Austin Powers" costume.
34
Quailman from "Doug"
You have to be comfortable with wearing your underwear on the outside to be Doug's alter-ego.
35
Helga from "Hey Arnold!"
Bonus points for the exquisite unibrow.
36
"Back to the Future" ensemble
The clock tower is an awesome touch.
37
Shari Lewis from "Lamb Chop's Play-Along"
Finding a Lamp Chop puppet is easy, but she really pulls off Shari Lewis.
38
Alice and "The Brady Bunch"
Now that's clever.
39
Wayne and Garth from "Wayne's World"
Party on.
40
Mario Kart
The classic video game makes an awesome group costume.
41
The witches of "Hocus Pocus"
These ladies nailed it.
42
Wilson from "Home Improvement"
Remember him?
43
"Ghostbusters"
"And where do you put these ghosts, once you catch them?"
'90s Things We Don't Want to Revisit
Monica Lewinsky Jokes(01 of 29)
There are only so many things you can rhyme with "black beret."
The Blair Witch Project(02 of 29)
Although we do miss the sound our palms made against our foreheads whenever someone asked, "Is this real?"
Fax Machines(03 of 29)
When someone asks us to fax something today, we panic. That is, until we realize that scanners and PDFs exist. (credit: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Brother-IntelliFax-Laser-Machine-Copier/dp/B000816CE4/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1341941067&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=fax+machine" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Amazon" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.amazon.com/Brother-IntelliFax-Laser-Machine-Copier/dp/B000816CE4/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1341941067&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=fax+machine" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="0" data-vars-position-in-unit="45">Amazon</a>)
Britney Spears' Virginity(04 of 29)
Some things, in retrospect, are too distressing to remember. (credit: Getty)
Cargo Pants(05 of 29)
What did we really keep in those extra pockets, anyway? (credit: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Volcom-Bettaga-Cargo-Pant-Khaki/dp/B007F2ISJQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1341940692&sr=8-6&keywords=cargo+pants" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Amazon" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.amazon.com/Volcom-Bettaga-Cargo-Pant-Khaki/dp/B007F2ISJQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1341940692&sr=8-6&keywords=cargo+pants" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="1" data-vars-position-in-unit="46">Amazon</a>)
Pokemon (06 of 29)
Embarrassing hobby used "Embarrassing." It was super effective. (credit: AP)
The Phantom Menace(07 of 29)
Came out in 1999, still counts as a 90s mistake. (credit: Lucas Films Ltd. )
Courtney Love (08 of 29)
The fact that she has a Twitter account is bad enough. (credit: Getty)
Old Destiny's Child(09 of 29)
Beyonce is better as a single lady. (credit: Getty)
Gay Stereotypes(10 of 29)
Thanks to 90s TV, aunties the world over still believe that every homosexual has a childlike obsession with Cher. (credit: AP)
Shortalls(11 of 29)
Only cute if you're half-painting a room. (credit: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Carhartt-Womens-Ticking-Shortall-Indigo/dp/B006TCJRYS/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1341941913&sr=1-1&keywords=shortall" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Amazon" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.amazon.com/Carhartt-Womens-Ticking-Shortall-Indigo/dp/B006TCJRYS/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1341941913&sr=1-1&keywords=shortall" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="3" data-vars-position-in-unit="48">Amazon</a>)
Beanie Babies(12 of 29)
Parents lost their money $5 at a time and kids inherited a future yard sale. Nobody really came out on top here except Ty. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Flickr: " data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.flickr.com/" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="4" data-vars-position-in-unit="49">Flickr: </a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/dominiquegodbout/" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Dominique Godbout" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.flickr.com/people/dominiquegodbout/" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="5" data-vars-position-in-unit="50">Dominique Godbout</a>)
Limp Bizkit(13 of 29)
Although we did get some joy out of watching little suburban "badasses" sing a George Michael song without realizing it. (credit: Getty)
Bucket Hats(14 of 29)
If we could describe the 90s in one word it would be "floppy."
Dial-Up(15 of 29)
Who misses waiting minutes for pages to load, having to hear that weird start-up noise and not being able to receive phone calls while surfing the web? Also, who misses saying, "surfing the web?" (credit: <a href="http://www.bigstockphoto.com/download/bid-920066/" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Get Connected" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.bigstockphoto.com/download/bid-920066/" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="6" data-vars-position-in-unit="51">Get Connected</a> via<a href="http://www.bigstockphoto.com/" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name=" Big Stock Photo" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.bigstockphoto.com/" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="7" data-vars-position-in-unit="52"> Big Stock Photo</a>)
War in Iraq(16 of 29)
Too late. (credit: AP)
Baywatch(17 of 29)
We prefer to remember Hasselhoff as he was in "Knight Rider" and then just skip right to the cheeseburger-eating 2000's version. (credit: Getty)
JNCOs(18 of 29)
Remembering them is bad enough, but how about the fact that they're still being sold for actual human currency? (credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNCO" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Wikipedia" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNCO" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="9" data-vars-position-in-unit="54">Wikipedia</a>)
The "Rachel"(19 of 29)
Even Jennifer Aniston hated it. (credit: NBC)
Cowry Shell Necklaces(20 of 29)
You never went to Hawaii, just American Eagle. (credit: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fashionable-Cowrie-Adjustable-Flower-Necklace/dp/B005IFATM6/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1342128601&sr=8-24&keywords=cowrie+shell+necklace" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Amazon.com" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.amazon.com/Fashionable-Cowrie-Adjustable-Flower-Necklace/dp/B005IFATM6/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1342128601&sr=8-24&keywords=cowrie+shell+necklace" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="11" data-vars-position-in-unit="56">Amazon.com</a>)
Pogs(21 of 29)
Future civilizations are going to be baffled by the importance that was placed on these little circles of cardboard. And don't even get us started on slammers. (credit: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pogs-Milk-Wholesale-500pcs-Assortment/dp/B002BUJS0A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342129151&sr=8-2&keywords=pogs" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Amazon.com" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.amazon.com/Pogs-Milk-Wholesale-500pcs-Assortment/dp/B002BUJS0A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342129151&sr=8-2&keywords=pogs" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="12" data-vars-position-in-unit="57">Amazon.com</a>)
Creed(22 of 29)
They should take a page out of Nickelback's book and enlist Funny Or Die to make them appear at least ironically good. (credit: Getty)
The Macarena(23 of 29)
Once a year at a wedding is as much as we can handle. (credit: AP)
Gel Pens Being Exciting(24 of 29)
We were so easily impressed. (credit: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gelly-Roll-Moonlight-Pens-Pkg-Assorted/dp/B000GZOCA8/ref=sr_1_18?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1342472039&sr=1-18" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Amazon.com" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.amazon.com/Gelly-Roll-Moonlight-Pens-Pkg-Assorted/dp/B000GZOCA8/ref=sr_1_18?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1342472039&sr=1-18" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="14" data-vars-position-in-unit="59">Amazon.com</a>)
Ace of Base(25 of 29)
Unless "The Sign" said, "You'll never have to hear 'The Sign' on the radio again," we're uninterested. (credit: AP)
Scrunchies(26 of 29)
Bagginess and extra fabric were the bane of 90s fashions. Exhibit A: the scrunchie. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/weheartheartbreaker/3813338808/" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Flickr: Weheartheartbreaker" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://www.flickr.com/photos/weheartheartbreaker/3813338808/" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="15" data-vars-position-in-unit="60">Flickr: Weheartheartbreaker</a>)
Eyes Wide Shut(27 of 29)
Well maybe not the movie, but the relationship between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. (credit: AP)
The Aladdin Cartoon(28 of 29)
Needless to say, this cartoon didn't make it "One Jump Ahead" (*crickets*) (credit: <a href="http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/67039406.html" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Ohnotheydidn&#x27;t" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5bad4418e4b04234e85895ac" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/67039406.html" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="before_you_go_slideshow" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="16" data-vars-position-in-unit="61">Ohnotheydidn't</a>/ Toon Disney)
Math Rock(29 of 29)
Arithmetic + rock and roll = nope. (credit: Getty)
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