Halloween costumes are almost always inspired by celebrities, movies, TV shows, and pop culture moments. These are the things that have inspired people’s ghostly uprisings over the years. From Disney movies like frozen for superheroes and everything in between. If you’re still not sure what to wear this Halloween, look no further for ideas — and prepare for some big nostalgia!
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1950: Norma Desmond From Sunset
Everyone this year was “ready for their close-up,” in the words of Norma. Her arched eyebrows and dramatic cape make for such a striking outfit.
1951: Alice in Wonderland
Can you believe this old cartoon? Alice’s outfit with her black socks and shoes is essentially iconic and instantly recognizable — two features that make a great Halloween costume.
In 1952: Singin’ in the Rain
If watching this musical makes you not want to wear raincoats and tap-dance, I don’t know how?
The Boy Who Could Never Grow Up, along with Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbell and the villain Captain Hook, hits theaters this year.
Godzilla has gone through a lot of remakes over the years, but this is the original that started it all. That’s for sure.
In 1955: Rebellion without reason
James Dean transforms into a red jacket, white t-shirt and jeans in this classic movie. Plus, his girlfriend Natalie Wood has the best fashion sense.
1956: Anna Leonowens From King and I
Gorgeous puff sleeves, white gloves and the perfect bun? The character in this movie was actually made for an elegant Halloween costume this year.
1957: Julie Andrews as Cinderella
This year, there’s a live show of the story on CBS, in which Julie Andrews is the main character. She really knows how to wear a tulle dress and red lips, and everyone is inspired in October.
1958: Madeleine Elster From Dizzy
Alfred Hitchcock’s film, set in San Francisco, features some incredible detective-inspired costumes, including Madeleine’s (played by Kim Novak) jacket and gloves, seen here .
Are from Seven years of itching arrive Some Like It Hot (released this same year), the icon is at her peak and can’t help but start to look the same during Halloween.
1960: Marion Crane enters Mental
Okay, so no one was naked on Halloween back then, but this photo is too popular NOT to be included. That said, Marion’s style in the film, from her collared shirts to her more extravagant lace bras, is also incredibly memorable.
1961: Holly Golightly From Breakfast at Tiffany’s
I mean, this outfit is still a popular outfit today, so it really stands the test of time. But when this movie first came out this year, everyone wanted to be the character — and have a long cigarette.
It was midway through his presidency (before he was assassinated the following year) and he had just given his famous “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech. And with Jackie as the First Lady in a bold suit and jacket, this is one of those outfits that everyone will instantly recognize.
Lucille Ball Follows I love Lucy, Program Lucy great as a sitcom—and just as popular as a Halloween costume.
The iconic actress got married to Richard Burton this year and just finished her previous role in Cleopatrawas a huge success last year.
The British rock band embarked on a huge US tour this year, making them even more popular. From their shaggy hair to their suits, everyone is fascinated.
The sci-fi show is releasing this year, and you can’t miss the boldly colored shirts featuring the Star Trek logo during Halloween.
Jeannie’s slim pink and red outfit and ponytail were her signature look when the show premiered in 1965, but it continued to be popular in the years since.
Ugh! Thanks to successful books and an animated film, the Friendly Ghost Casper had several appearances in tricks or hoaxes in 1968.
Elvis Presley’s NBC Comeback Special premiered in December 1968, and by next Halloween, people will have the best impression of The King.
When The Beatles officially disbanded in 1970, many fans wanted to relive the good old days one last time.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory It may have been a movie about a boy with dreams, but it was Candy Man who stole the heart in 1971.
Halloween 1972 was all about channeling your inner Don Vito Corleone from Godfather.
The Brady Bunch It’s a classic now, but in 1973 it was one of the most popular shows on television.
1974: Daisy Buchanan from The great Gatsby
The first film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is a complete throwback to the 1920s.
Before Left Shark became a thing, Jaws was the all-important shark in 1975.
In 1976, Rocky wanted boxers to come to the ring to compete for its lead.
If you don’t change the channel Star Wars 1977, what did you even do
1978: Tony Manero from Saturday night fever
Many people stepped onto the dance floor in 1978 in their best looks Saturday night fever – the film was released in late 1977.
Superman made those celebrating Halloween in 1979 want to be the Man of Steel for one night.
1980: Daisy Duke from Duke of Hazzard
Lovely high heels and plaid shirt helped the ladies transform into Daisy Duke from Dukes of Hazzard in 1980.
You may have seen many people walking around with a hat and a whip attached to their hips in 1981 to become Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In 1982, it was hard not to fall in love with Annie, the star of the movie of the same name, and her unbelievably positive attitude to life.
In 1983, Madonna fans loved the singer’s sharpness and wanted any excuse to dress like the Material Girl.
1984: The Crew From Ghostbusters
Everyone caught the supernatural bug with the release Ghostbusters in 1984.
1985: Marty McFly from Back to the Future
In ’85, nobody was cooler than Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future.
1986: Jem and the hologram
For Halloween 1986, pink hair and a microphone became all the rage, thanks to the animated series Jem and the hologram.
RoboCop reality begged to become a Halloween favorite in 1987, and fans were not disappointed.
Who doesn’t want to experience being a lazy cat like Garfield for a day?
In 1989, the first film in Batman The series was released and fans have been dressing up as the Caped Crusader ever since.
1990: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
You can’t think of the early 90’s without thinking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In 1991, the dream of becoming a member of the Addams Family could finally come true.
Michelle Pfeiffer brought Catwoman to life in 1992 Batman is back. Cat ears for victory!
1993: A Dinosaur from Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park gave fans the dinosaur craze in 1993.
1994: A lion from Lion King
Lion King was released in 1994, and you could have lived under a rock if you hadn’t dressed up as Simba or Mufasa.
The success of Star Trek: The Next Generationseries that pleases space dreamers in 1995.
Screaming The mask has become the mask of all masks.
When “Wannabe” was released in 1997, everyone said “girl power”.
What’s not to like about a character named The Dude? This film by the Coen brothers quickly became a favorite.
Tarzan was unbeatable in 1999.
Halloween lovers went “yabba dabba doo” for Flint in Viva Rock Vegas in the year 2000.
2001: Josie and the Pussycats
Comedy music Josie and the Pussycats took over Halloween in 2001.
The hype for Harry Potter is still alive and well, but it started appearing during Halloween in 2002.
In 2002, Tobey McGuire brought Spider-Man to the silver screen for the first time, prompting fans to activate their Spider-Man senses.
Walk into a party and see a bunch of Jack Sparrows from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl popularized in 2004.
2005: Incident Grey’s Anatomy Cast
Grey’s Anatomy Exfoliating in 2005.
2006: V word V for vendetta
The mask that V wears V for vendetta was a Halloween festival in 2006.
Hannah Montana was one of the biggest shows on television in 2007, and the girls wanted to be double life.
2008: Events Music High School Cast
Music High School 3 had its final premiere, and the Wildcats flashback didn’t hurt either.
In 2009, music lovers fell in love with Lady Gaga and her unique style.
In 2010, The Princess and the Frog captivate audiences and inspire Halloween costumes.
Glee drew a lot of attention in 2011 and viewers couldn’t help but dress up as cheerleader sqaud’s coach.
In 2012, the success of The Hunger Games which means Katniss Everdeen has inspired women everywhere to travel with bows and arrows.
Iron Man 3 was released in 2013, so you know what that means.
Frozen *everything* took over in 2014, so you’ve definitely seen one of its characters during Halloween.
2015: Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad
Heavy promotion of Suicide Squad there were partygoers making Harley Quinn come to life even before its 2016 release.
2016: Children from Strange things
If you haven’t heard about Strange things in 2016, you may be living under a rock.
Halloween hasn’t happened yet, but it’s safe to say Wonder Woman will get the cake this year.
This crazy spooky movie was released a month before Halloween 2018 and it gave people everywhere serious inspiration for a horror costume. Joyous!
In 2019, everyone dressed up as the cast of Hustlers, because all the costumes are so beautiful. Who are not want to look like J.Lo?!
2020: ‘Baby Yoda’ from Mandalorian
So what if “Baby Yoda” isn’t his real name?! Lovely Grogu is everyone’s favorite character when season 2 of Mandalorian premieres just in time for Halloween 2020.
Hide your dalmatians! No wonder Emma Stone’s Cruella is a hugely influential outfit in 2021.
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