15 Creative '90s Halloween Costume Ideas For 2016 That Will Take You Back To The Best Decade Ever

Channel your inner '90s spirit animal this Halloween without breaking the bank. Whether you take a cue from the silver screen or find your sartorial calling from your favorite after school TV show, these creative '90s Halloween costume ideas will bring back all the nostalgia for an epic night of trick-or-treating.

The best part about going '90s for Halloween (in addition to it being the greatest decade ever) is that you probably already have a lot of the necessary pieces hanging out in your closet. Cut down on costume costs by making use of what you already own — either because you never parted ways with that embellished jean jacket you sported in high school, or because so many of the decade's trends have made a comeback. Floral dress? Check. Black choker? Check. Black booties? Check. With a little creativity, you can cook up exactly what you need to play your part as Clarissa, Buffy, or Angela Chase. Or grab a buddy and suit up as your favorite Men In Black, or head out with your squad as the most stylish set of wannabe witches practicing The Craft.

Everyone can appreciate a good '90s costume, and your nostalgic getup is guaranteed to impress everyone at the party. So while others are heading out as fresh off the press pop culture references most people have yet to make time for on their unviewed DVR, hit the town in a '90s ensemble that will be a welcome blast from the past for all.

1. Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All

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Play dress up as the decade's favorite teenage host, Clarissa Darling, wisely tackling every issue our coming-of-age selves ever pondered over.

What You'll Need:

  • Your best mish-mash of '90s girl garb, complete with scrunchie ($54, Nordstrom), plastic bead earrings ($22, Novica), and bright tights ($5, Novica) layered with contrasting socks ($45, Ssense).

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

2. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

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Do the twist as this slick character from Quentin Tarantino's classic.

What You'll Need:

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

3. Scream

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Reawaken everyone's '90s nightmares as this iconic killer.

What You'll Need:

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

4. "Got Milk" Advertisement

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This one's as simple as sporting a milk mustache. You can dress as your favorite '90s milk-mustachioed celeb if you want to take it to the next level.

What You'll Need:

  • Glass of milk
  • White face paint ($10, Amazon)

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

5. Mary from There's Something About Mary

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Step out as this golden girl that's driving everyone crazy with a little red number and a lot of... umm, hair gel.

What You'll Need:

  • Red dress ($16.99, Amazon)
  • Hair gel ($18, Belk)
  • Stuffed Border Terrier ($15, Amazon)

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

6. The Craft

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Gather your girls for a witchy good time donning these colorless gothic ensembles that feature all our favorite '90s trends.

What You'll Need:

  • Assortment of '90s goth-inspired clothes in black and white
  • Layers of chokers ($56, Shopbop)
  • Black knee-high socks ($6.25, Aeropostale)
  • Black boots ($190, Zappos)
  • Dark lipstick

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

7. Josie Geller from Never Been Kissed

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Head back to high school as baby-faced Drew Barrymore from this adorable teen film.

What You'll Need:

  • White blouse ($12.79, Amazon)
  • White boa ($6.66, Amazon)
  • Red cafeteria lunch tray ($7.95, Amazon)
  • Plenty of hairspray ($7.25, The Hut)

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

8. Hanson

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A trio of long blonde locks is pretty much all you need to MMMbop all Halloween.

What You'll Need:

  • Three blonde shoulder-length wigs ($50, Etsy)
  • Representations of the brothers' respective musical instruments

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

9. Newsies

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Don your best newsboy attire and practice your high-kicks (and high notes) for this musical ensemble.

What You'll Need:

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

10. Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

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Put on your gothic Sunday's best as this sadistic sweetheart who stole our hearts when she destroyed Camp Chippewa.

What You'll Need:

  • Black dress with white Peter Pan collar ($20.99, Amazon)
  • Black tights ($8.95, Daily Look)
  • Black Mary Janes ($12.71, Amazon)
  • Dark nail polish ($8, Walgreens)
  • White powder for ghostly complexion ($38, Macy's)

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

11. Scully from The X-Files

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Get serious as Dana Scully with the right suit and badge.

What You'll Need:

  • Black business suit ($80, Gilt)
  • FBI I.D. ($8.99, Amazon)

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

12. Angela Chase from My So-Called Life

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Layer up as Liberty High School sophomore Angela and narrate the trials and tribulations of being a teen while you trick-or-treat.

What You'll Need:

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Kick some vampire A in your best '90s ensemble while carrying a bloody stake.

What You'll Need:

  • Sleek '90s-inspired outfit
  • Black booties ($20, Amazon)
  • Cross necklace ($20, Kohl's)
  • Stake

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

14. Men In Black

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Grab a friend and clean up in matching black suits and sunglasses.

What You'll Need:

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

15. Elliott from E.T.

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Don a red hoodie and hop on your bike to play the unlikely friend to the most adorable extra terrestrial.

What You'll Need:

Costume tutorial: Polyvore

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