Bustle dives deep into the most beloved products and memorable pop culture phenomena of our times.

All The BTS Secrets Of *NSYNC's 'Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays' Video (Justin Breakdanced!)

It's hard to believe that 20 years have passed since one of the best pop holiday records of all time came out. *NSYNC's album Home for Christmas hit record stores in 1998, just one year after their self-titled debut introduced the boy band to…
By Sage Young

The Story Of Yandy's Sexy, Viral Halloween Costumes, According To The Woman Behind It All

Pilar Quintana-Williams is telling me about that time she dressed as a sexy piece of pizza to go to a pizza place. It wasn't Halloween, but, yes, she had lost a bet. The wager? That if that same sexy pizza costume sold a certain amount of units, she…
By Olivia Muenter

Why ‘Halloweentown’ Is Such A Timeless DCOM, According To The Cast & Crew

When the Disney Channel Original Movie first aired 20 years ago, Halloweentown made history. It was the first featuring a female lead, paving the way for other memorable DCOMs with headstrong teen heroines. But Halloweentown isn't just Marnie's…
By Tatiana Tenreyro

The True Story Of How 'Goosebumps' Was Created, According To R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine doesn't believe in ghosts. Or vampires, sasquatches, wise-cracking demonic ventriloquist's dummies, or any of the other supernatural creatures who've crept through the pages of his mega-bestselling children's horror series, Goosebumps.…
By Gabrielle Moss

The Story Behind The Herbal Essences Shampoos You Loved In the '90s

Shampoo doesn't typically inspire the same type of nostalgic swooning as, say, a Caboodle or the roll on body glitter one would apply before a middle school dance. There does seem to be one exception, though: Herbal Essences. "The bathroom my sister…
By Kara McGrath

Why This 20-Year-Old, Retired Bath & Body Works Scent Is Still Everyone's Favorite

Crisp cucumber. Watery honeydew. Summer cantaloupe. Sparkling grapefruit. Sheer woods. These are the exact phrases used in press releases to describe the notes in Bath & Body Works' classic Cucumber Melon scent. And sure, those words do a great job…
By Olivia Muenter

There's Privilege In Relating To Nostalgia & It's Time To Start Talking About It

Ah, nostalgia. Any ‘90s kid knows the feeling well, having spent countless hours wishing for the return of boy bands, hair crimpers, and jelly shoes. And while some forms of nostalgia hit the majority of us in the collective feels, there’s a hidden…
By Katie Dupere

How 'The Parent Trap' Became The Most Loved Film Of Your Childhood, As Told By The Cast & Crew

On a summer day in 1998, two 11-year-old girls were sent to sleepaway camp — and the world was never the same. Well, not quite; although The Parent Trap was indeed a success upon its July 29 release, coming in #2 behind Saving Private Ryan, most…
By Rachel Simon

An Oral History Of The Most Famous Scene In 'Hocus Pocus', As Told By The Movie's Cast & Crew

Thanks to Jurassic Park, the summer of 1993 was all about dinosaurs, which didn't leave much room for three witches looking to steal the souls of the children in Salem. But 25 years later, Hocus Pocus is a cult favorite that plays every Halloween…
By Shannon Carlin