There are a few go-to Halloween costumes we all lean on in desperate times—ghost, witch, pumpkin, you get the picture—but there are only so many times someone can be a sexy cat! Thankfully, every year, there's something in the pop culture zeitgeist that sparks Halloween creativity and helps us spice things up a bit. (Barbie, we're looking at you this year!)
So what was everyone obsessed with the year you were born? Were they donning their best Jem and the Holograms look, or rocking out as Josie and the Pussycats? Maybe they were angling for some vintage glamour moments or going for something a little creepier instead. Perhaps you even rocked some of these costumes yourself. Either way, prepare for some major nostalgia, ppl, as we revisit the people, characters, TV shows, movies, and moments that have inspired fierce Halloween costumes through the years!
1969: Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's NBC Comeback Special premiered in December 1968, and by next Halloween people were giving their best impressions of The King.
1970: The Beatles
When The Beatles officially split in 1970, many fans wanted to relive the good ol' days one last time.
1971: Willy Wonka
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory may have been a film about a little boy with a dream, but it was the Candy Man who stole hearts in 1971.
may have been a film about a little boy with a dream, but it was the Candy Man who stole hearts in 1971. " >
1972: The Godfather
Halloween in 1972 was all about channeling your inner Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather.
. " >
1977: Princess Leia
If you weren't channeling Star Wars in 1977, what were you even doing?
in 1977, what were you even doing?" >
1978: Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever
Many people hit the dance floor in 1978 wearing their best look from Saturday Night Fever — the film was released at the very end of 1977.
— the film was released at the very end of 1977." >
1980: Daisy Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard
Cute heels and a plaid shirt helped ladies transform into Daisy Duke from Dukes of Hazzard in 1980.
in 1980. " >
In 1983, Madonna fans loved the singer's edginess and wanted any excuse to dress up like the Material Girl.
1984: The Crew From Ghostbusters
Everyone caught the supernatural bug with the release of Ghostbusters in 1984.
in 1984. " >
Michelle Pfeiffer brought Catwoman to life in 1992's Batman Returns. Cat ears for the win!
Cat ears for the win!" >
1993: A Dinosaur from Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park gave fans dinosaur fever in 1993.
gave fans dinosaur fever in 1993." >
1997: Spice Girls
The release of "Wannabe" in 1997 had everyone saying, "Girl power."
In 2002, Tobey McGuire brought Spider-Man to the silver screen for the first time, causing fans to activate their spidey senses.
2004: Jack Sparrow
Walking into a party and seeing a bunch of Jack Sparrows from Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was common in 2004.
was common in 2004. " >
2007: Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana was one of the biggest shows on television in 2007, and girls wanted to be the one with the double life.
Hannah Montana was one of the biggest shows on television in 2007, and girls wanted to be the one with the double life. " >
2009: Lady Gaga
In 2009, music lovers fell in love with Lady Gaga and her unique style.
2011: Sue Sylvester
Glee gained a ton of attention in 2011, and viewers couldn't help but dress as the coach of the cheerleading sqaud.
gained a ton of attention in 2011, and viewers couldn't help but dress as the coach of the cheerleading sqaud. " >
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