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Here's The Biggest Halloween Costume For Each Year Of The '90s

There's a good chance that if you were a '90s kid you wore at least one of these costumes.

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Any kid growing up in the '90s probably remembers that there was always the one HOT COSTUME everyone wanted to wear each year. Well, a few years ago, Halloween emporium the Spirit of Halloween looked back into its archives to identify its hottest-selling pop culture costumes of the '90s.

1990: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: 1990 was the peak of TMNT-mania, the then three-year-old cartoon series was still hugely popular among kids, and the live-action movie (which was released in the spring of that year) was a huge success that only helped keep the momentum going.

1991: The Terminator

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the biggest film of 1991 (grossing over $500 million worldwide) and every kid, teen, and adult wanted to be the badass Terminator for Halloween — if only just to say, "Hasta la vista, baby."

1992: Catwoman

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman was far and away the breakout character of Batman Returns. Seriously, they should have just cast her in The Dark Knight Rises.

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1993: Barney

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: It was Barney's breakout year! Even Kurt Cobain dressed up as Barney that year (could that be any more of a '90s moment?!) at a Nirvana concert that the band performed on Halloween night.

1995: Star Trek Characters

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: The prior year saw both the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the release of the film Star Trek Generations. Plus, 1995 was the year that Star Trek: Voyager premiered, while Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was then in its second season. Needless to say, we were inundated with Star Trek.

1996: Ghostface

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: Strangely this costume, according to Spirit of Halloween, was the biggest seller that year, despite the fact that Scream was not released in theaters until December. Possibly early marketing of the film and general anticipation from teens helped push the demand for it.

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1997: Batman and Robin

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: While Batman & Robin might have been a campy, horrible mess of a film, it was still a moderate hit worldwide that helped repopularize the dynamic duo as a Halloween costume.

1998: South Park Characters

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: In 1998, South Park, then in its second season, was a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, and one of the most shocking shows on television, which of course made it the must-have costume.

1999: The Matrix Characters

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Likely reason(s) why it was the most popular costume that year: The Matrix was a game-changing film, and Neo's signature all-black outfit with sunglasses was easily recognizable — and was also the easiest Halloween costume to put together. All you needed was a long black trench coat and a cell phone accessory.