The '80s were a heyday of pop culture icons, which is why it's such a popular source of Halloween costume fodder. But if you've spent every Halloween since 1991 dressed up as Madonna or Michael Jackson from that Pepsi commercial, it's time to change up your '80s outfits a bit. Here, 37 Halloween costumes to inspire you to delve back into this generously rad decade.
Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree: If you grew up with painting pro Bob Ross telling you how to paint “happy little trees,” then you’ll probably feel a bit nostalgic with this one. The costume can be a solo act or a group effort if you have a happy little tree or two. (via C.R.A.F.T)
E.T.: You can go the usual E.T. costume route with a red hoodie and a bicycle basket, or you can really make an impact with a full E.T. suit that's gonna make everyone want to phone home... and talk about the crazy E.T. they just saw. (via Costume Works)
Cassette ($57): Does anyone even know what these do anymore?
Pee-Wee Herman ($25+): It's been far too long since you last watched Pee-Wee's Playhouse, hasn't it? You'll have a blast re-living his quirkiest moments on Halloween night.
Madonna ($47+): We are so smitten with this recreation of Madonna's most classic look, and if you're a fan of the era, we know you'll love it, too. Go crazy with a gold leotard, faux leather tights, and don't forget the beauty mark.
Clue: Camille Styles threw a Clue-themed, whodunnit dinner party where everyone dressed to the nines, but you could also go authentic and model your characters after the hilarious '80s film. (via Camille Styles)
Princess Bride ($46): As far as group costumes go, there are quite a few options if you happen to have a giant, someone that does amazing accents and a dread pirate among your clique.
Bill and Ted: If you haven't seen Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, go watch it RN. There is no reason not to channel this cult classic, and every reason to dress up as a young Keanu Reeves this Halloween. (via Costume Works)
Rosie the Maid from The Jetsons ($26): Boxy robot meets sexy maid in this twist on this Jetsons classic.
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