Last Minute, Relatively Simple, 80’s and 90’s Halloween Costumes

I keep managing to out-do myself for worst title of all time. At least I’m not reviewing anything. I seem to find a way to review anything I touch, watch, or read. I just need to reside in a padded room from now on.

Anyway, for those of you panicking about finding a Halloween costume last minute, don’t you worry. I have some fun ideas that even the biggest idiot can pull off. Hopefully you’re familiar with the movies these characters are from, otherwise congrats! You might be the biggest idiot.

Let’s start with the easiest costume first: Joel Goodson from Risky Business474e3_fashion_risky-business-cruise

All you need is an oxford button down shirt (preferably with a pinkish hue, but white is passable too) and white socks. If you want to go above and beyond, you can also bring a tennis racket to use as a fake guitar while you’re standing on your friend’s coffee table. Note: It’s possible that you will become a mega douche when you wear this outfit. Beware.

Mia Wallace from Pulp Fictionmia-wallace

I was actually planning on going as Mia this year but now I don’t have a party to go to. How generous of me to provide you with my easy costume idea. Mia is a great female costume. All you need is a ten dollar black bobbed wig from one of those crappy Halloween stores, a white button down shirt, black cropped pants, and a cigarette. You could enhance this outfit by throwing some fake (or real, I don’t really care) blood on your chest and under your nose and plunging a fake (or real) syringe into your chest (above your left boob). Note: if you have a friend that has a suit, he can play Vincent Vega (John Travolta) or Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson). The latter would involve either being black, or wearing black face (I wouldn’t suggest it, but again it’s your life).

Cameron Frye from Ferris Bueller’s Day Offtumblr_muj1ma6IbQ1qaed4ho1_500

Things can get a little tricky with a Cameron costume. You need a pair of khakis and a Detroit Red Wings jersey (#9 Howe). Getting the jersey itself could take a while and end up being too pricey. Unless you’re a fan, in which case you might as well kill two birds and buy yourself a damn jersey. Treat yo’self. Otherwise you can always purchase a red long sleeve t-shirt and print out the logo and tape it or pin it onto your shirt. Let my Cameron gooooo.

Wendy Peffercorn from The Sandlot

What girl wouldn’t want to be the heart-throb for a league of adorable prepubescent boys? To truly morph into Wendy you will need a red one piece bathing suit, white sunglasses, a red ribbon for your hair, red lipstick, and a whistle. It would be awesome if you could find someone to be Squints that you could give mouth to mouth, but that might be going overboard.

Daniel Larusso from The Karate Kidkaratekid

Daniel didn’t really have any stand-out outfits in the film, however, the most memorable scene is the final fight in the dojo. All you have to get is a white karate uniform. I’m sure you could find one of these at a Halloween store, a thrift store, or online. You’ll also need a sweet tie-on headband. Your nearest Chinatown should have one. You’ll also need to wear a clueless look on your face the entire night. Make sure to enlist one of your friends to shout “GET HIM A BODY BAG!!” every so often.

Cher Horowitz from Clueless90sFashionTrendsCluelessCher

Cher’s ensemble is a little tougher to pull off. I wouldn’t suggest going as Cher unless you have blonde hair because a blonde wig would look totally lame. Cher has a couple of looks you could go for. All of them include 90’s mini backpacks. So invest in one of those if you can. Her most popular look would perhaps be her yellow school attire. Find a yellow plaid mini skirt, a yellow cardigan or blazer, and white knee socks (American Apparel should have you covered in this department). You could also wear a black blazer with an argyle mini skirt and knee socks for her Rodeo shopping look. OR you could wear a red dress and glue a feather boa onto a jacket for her Valley party look. Choices, choices. You’ll end up looking like a total Betty no matter what outfit you choose.

Max Fischer from RushmoreMax_Fischer-Meet_The_Matts

If you want to be poor little Max Fischer, you’ll need a light blue button down shirt, a navy blazer, preferably a maroon and navy striped tie or a red and navy striped tie, a red beret, khakis, and maybe some gold pins or prestigious patches as proof of your achievements. Oh, you’ll also need some tortoise shell glasses. You could also go the extra mile and acquire some racing goggles because you never know when the Yankee Racing Club will need you.

Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family (1991 version)wednesday-addams

Wednesday is kind of awesome. All you need is a black long sleeve dress (not skin tight) preferably with a white collar, black tights, black Mary Janes or any type of black shoe, and a black braided wig. Also you should think about draining all of the color from your complexion by powdering it white. It’s best to have an absent look on your face the entire night. Practice looking unimpressed–it helps if you actually feel this way all the time. I would know.

Hope those ideas were helpful and easy.

What’s the best costume you ever wore for Halloween? What are you going to be this year?


20 thoughts on “Last Minute, Relatively Simple, 80’s and 90’s Halloween Costumes

  1. I had one costume that I reused each year – a white sheet with two holes cut into it so I could where I was going.

    This post was very educational actually. Never before did I realise that Mia Wallace and Daniel Larusso wore similar outfits.

    • Haha the old ghost sheet is a go-to classic. Still a suitable costume to this day.

      Thank you very much! Yeah Mia’s can be a little more bloody, but yeah quite similar actually!

    • Lol no way! You’ve probably heard of most of the movies though, right? I actually haven’t seen Risky Business all the way through. And I don’t think I’ve seen Addam’s Family either. Haha maybe I’m the biggest idiot? 😉

  2. I like that your question isn’t “What are some other ones?” because you know nobody can top the ones you came up with. I especially like the combination of actors/actresses who became big stars while the others are nothing now.

    Most interesting costume I had was Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer while my sister was Buffy. Kind of gross considering the two characters slept together.

    • Haha of course. No one could come up with better ideas. If the post wasn’t perfect then I wouldn’t have published it. But I did call Wednesday Addams Thursday on accident. I’m so stupid.

      Haha I never watched Buffy but that’s amazingly awkward. It seems like you guys always had good Halloween costumes going on. I remember I was a 50’s “poodle girl” for like 6 years in a row.

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  4. Last year my boyfriend’s sister did Mia from Pulp Fiction. It was pretty cool 🙂
    I’d say my last year’s outfit was probably the best one as I recreated most of it myself with old clothes and bought some accessories. I was Alice from Resident Evil but from Resident Evil Apocalypse.
    I’m still trying to decide what to do for Halloween this year. Right now, I’m leaning on doing Princess Mononoke.

    • Ahh cool! I’ll try the Mia costume this year and see how it works.
      That sounds pretty complex! I haven’t seen any of the Resident Evil movies, but it seems like Alice would have a hard costume. Hah but maybe I’m wrong.
      I didn’t even know who Princess Mononoke was! How embarrassing…I had to look her up! That would be a good one!

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