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9 Costume Ideas For A Very 90s Halloween

If it's 2016, why does it still feel like 1996? Anyway, this Halloween, throwback to your childhood days when things were easier with these nine fly/fresh/dope costume ideas.

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1. The Spice Girls

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Who doesn't love the Spice Girls? It's now been 20 years since their first album came out and you still know all the words to "Wannabe." Admittedly, the people playing Sporty and Posh have the easiest jobs here, while Ginger's outfit might be a little harder to obtain. Still, I'm sure you'll make it work.

Bonus idea: mashup a couple of their outfits — because Halloween night is the night when 2 become 1. (Personal sidenote: I was once in the same room as Baby Spice. True story).

2. Hocus Pocus

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Released to little fanfare in July (WTF?) 1993, Hocus Pocus has now become a Halloween tradition. Heck, the little-witch-movie-that-could is even the subject of a recently released book all about this occult classic. Regardless, wearing a Hocus Pocus-inspired costume (especially with two other members of your squad) is a surefire way to win fans this fall.

3. Stick Stickly

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Try to explain this Nickelodeon mascot to kids today. Go ahead — try. This costume idea is just about as dumb as the character himself, but that's kind of the point. Just try not to... splinter... from the rest of your group (that joke also would have worked for a Ninja Turtles costume).

4. Full House

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Finally — those ugly outfits you've had hidden in your closet since junior high can be put to good use! In addition to this Gibbler outfit suggestion, one quick Google search will turn out tons of ideas for female Tanner costumes. There's also plenty of costume potential for guys within this family-friendly classic; just throw on a hockey jersey to be Joey or a mullet to be Uncle Jesse. Of course, you could also wear more modern clothes ala Fuller House, but that's no fun.

5. Clueless

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Before Iggy rocked this outfit in her video for "Fancy" (was that really two year ago already?!), Cher Horowitz made yellow plaid and knee high socks work in Clueless. These days you can probably find something similar at a Goodwill or just pick up this costume meant for the job. Bonus points if you also grab one of those cell phones the size of a TV remote to use as a prop.

6. Tamagotchi

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Raising a digital animal on your Tamagotchi, GigaPet, or NanoPet device was hard work for a 90s kid. Meanwhile, this costume is pure laziness (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's still worth a shot if you're running out of time.

7. Recess

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This has all the makings of a stellar group costume idea. First, aside from the main six Recess characters, there are plenty of others you can incorporate (this group replaced Gus with a Kindergartner). Plus, the show is beloved but not overdone, making it ripe for cosplay. Personally, I'd also love to see some Weekenders or Pepper Ann costumes thrown into the mix as well, but that's up to you.

8. Rugrats

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Another cartoon option that works whether you're going solo or in a group. Plus, this Chuckie Finster shirt is really all you need (of course, adding an orange wig would help as well). This isn't the most original costume on the list but it's still not a bad option.

So which one of these 90s-inspired looks is your favorite? Protip: go back and watch some of your favorite TV shows and movies from the decade for more inspiration — a lot can be done with just an outfit and a hairstyle. Plus, nostalgic audiences are easily impressed

Happy Halloween!

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