8 Nostalgic Halloween Costume Ideas for Groups

by |September 10, 2015
Categories: Costume Guides

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One of the best parts of Halloween is transforming yourself into one of your favorite characters for the night, and, usuallyyyy, these favorite characters are ones that you grew up watching on TV or in the movies. Nostalgia is always a huge hit on October 31st and wanting to pay homage *ahem* play dress-up *ahem* to the greats of your youth is something we can all relate to. Here are 8 different genres of nostalgic Halloween costumes that will hopefully give you inspiration on what to dress up as this fall!



1. 80s Cartoon Characters Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes 80s TV Cartoons

Rainbow Brite – Shop       Optimus Prime – Shop       He-Man Muscle Costume – Shop

Grumpy Bear – Shop       Strawberry Shortcake Deluxe – Shop

Tenderheart Care Bear Costume – Shop       Captain Planet – Shop


The 80s was a great decade for many things: clothes, music, hair, and, most importantly, Saturday morning cartoons. Just remembering sliding out of bed, pouring a huge bowl of Count Chocula, and flipping on the TV brings a smile to our faces. There are so many options for Halloween costumes, too. Seriously, how many Care Bears were there? Like, a hundred? Like we said, plenty to choose from! Pick a single TV show and go as a group. Rainbow Brite and her pals would be a super cute idea, and the theme would be perfect for Pride events, too!



2. Scooby-Doo Halloween Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes Scooby Doo

Child Daphne Costume – Shop       Adult Fred Costume – Shop       Adult Shaggy Costume – Shop

Adult Velma Costume – Shop       Kids Ghost Costume – Shop       Infant Scooby-Doo Costume – Shop


Scooby-Doo, where are you?! This famous pup has been around so long that he hits the nostalgic buttons for people of all ages, from kids today all the way through to people our parents' age. Everyone will know who you are if you dress in one of the easily-recognizable members of Mystery Inc. Bonus idea: if you have too big of a group and have to come up with more ideas, someone should totally dress as Scrappy-Doo OR Scooby's lesser known cousins Scooby-Dum and Scooby-Dee.



3. Classic TV Show Characters Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes Classic TV Shows

Gilligan Costume – Shop       Gilligan’s Island Mary Anne Costume – Shop

Child Wednesday Addams – Shop       Uncle Fester Costume – Shop

Adult Gomez Costume – Shop       Men’s Ricky Ricardo Costume – Shop

I Love Lucy Costume – Shop


Fans of these characters from the golden years of television either are nostalgic for the days that they originally aired on TV or just for the days that the reruns played on Nick at Nite. The cast of The Addam's Family would be theeee perfectly spooky (slash creepy slash kooky) get-up for Halloween, but have you ever considered Gilligan's Island? There are so many fun characters!



4. Flintstones Halloween Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes Flintstones

Dino Costume – Shop       Deluxe Pebbles Flintstone Costume – Shop       Betty Rubble Costume – Shop

Fred Flintstone Costume – Shop       Barney Rubble Costume – Shop

Adult Bam Bam Costume – Shop       Wilma Flintstone Costume – Shop


If you grew up around a television, there's about a 100% chance that you've watched at least one episode of The Flintstones. No? Not even the movie remake from 1994 with John Goodman and Rosie O'Donnell?! Ok, totally JK on the movie thing. But, you have to admit that the idea of a Flintstones group Halloween costume is pretty cute. Mom and dad can be Wilma and Fred, the kids can be Pebbles and Bam Bam, and little Rex can be Dino. It's just that easy, folks.



5. 90s Nickelodeon Characters Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes 90s Nickelodeon Shows

Catdog Onesie – Shop       AAAHH!!! Real Monsters Ickis Kigurumi – Shop

AAAHH!!! Real Monsters Krumm Costume – Shop       Rocko’s Modern Life Hefer Kigurumi – Shop


Wearing a kigurumi for Halloween is pretty much the best idea. Here's why. One: It's comfortable. Two: Big enough to hide candy. Three: When you're tired of partying, you're dressesd for bed already. Four: These are themed after some of the best cartoons to hit the SNICK lineup on Nickelodeon in the 90s. Remember CatDog? The head was a cat and the tail was a dog! Or was it ... the head was a dog and the tail was a cat? Uhhh. Either way, the theme song was phenomenal.



6. Karate Kid Halloween Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes Karate Kid

Cobra Kai Costume – Shop       Karate Kid Daniel San Costume – Shop

Karate Kid Skeleton Suit – Shop       Authentic Karate Kid Cobra Kai Costume – Shop


There’s no nostalgic Halloween costume like the Karate Kid. Wax on, paint the fence, and Crane Stance! Admit it, we totally know you played Karate Kid with your older brother or maybe the neighbors when you were 10. And that wicked bruise on your ankle was from Sweep the Leg, not crashing the bike like you told your parents.



7. Classic Saturday Night Live Halloween Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes Saturday Night Live

Lunch Lady Costume – Shop       SNL Garth Algar Wig – Shop       Wayne’s World Wig – Shop

Hanz and Franz Costume – Shop       Conehead Egg Cap – Shop       Sexy Stripper Costume – Shop


In our opinion, the 80s and 90s were the best years of SNL. Sure, more recent characters like Stefon the club kid or Dooneese the baby-handed singer are pretty stellar, buuuuut how do you compete with heavy-hitters like Wayne's World or Lunch Lady Land? Also, the nostalgia for old Saturday Night Live bits is alive and well on today's TV - have you seen the State Farm commercials lately? Coneheads are back! They're still funny, too, by the way.



8. Looney Tunes Halloween Costumes

Nostalgic Halloween Costumes Looney Tunes

Infant Taz Costume – Shop       Marvin the Martian Costume – Shop

Sylvester Costume – Shop       Bugs Bunny Costume – Shop        Infant Daffy Duck Costume – Shop


As with the Flintstones, Looney Tunes was a cartoon you usually found yourself watching at some point as a child, whether you chose to or not. It just always seemed to be on. As infuriating as that wascally wabbit could be, these characters make for some classic Halloween costumes. That little Taz is just too cute, too.


We hope this list helped you decide which nostalgic Halloween costume idea to go with this year. What do you think you and your friends will dress up as this Halloween? Let us know in the comments! Feel free to browse our adult costumes for more inspiration.

MaDonna Flowers

MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at HalloweenCostumes.com and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.