Halloween Flashback! The Best Pop Culture Halloween Costumes Of Our Childhood (Photos)

Whenever you think of past Halloweens, surely you think of the ones that happened during our childhood (because really, that’s where the best Throwback Thursday pictures come from on Instagram!). There was nothing more that made us as happy as our GI Joe, Smurfs, and Barbie costumes from back in the day! They were simple, they were fun, and most importantly, they had masks that would totally conceal our faces, making it incredibly difficult to see and breathe in. Yep, totally fun! Ahhh, the ’80s!

I’m sure that you’ve noticed that while parents these days go the extra mile to sew, glitter, and sparkle our children’s over-the-top and VERY original Halloween costumes (have you seen all of those costumes that look like they just came off a Hollywood movie set??), the plastic masks and simple fabric costumes from our childhood made us just as happy. In fact, we might have had more fun, as we had more room to maneuver and run around than most of the elaborate costumes that you see today.

Plus, did we ever wear “Naughty Leopard” costumes for toddlers during our day? Nope, I didn’t think so!

Check out our photo gallery of some of the best (and most nostalgic!) Halloween costumes from the ’80s and let us know what you think. Did you wear any of these?

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    Check out our slideshow!

  • Michael Jackson 2 of 10
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    He's Bad! There were little mini-Michael Jacksons everywhere during the 1980s. The man was the one and only King of Pop and even though he's not with us today, he still is to many.

    Source via Amazon

    Check out Michael Jackson's Thriller here

  • Madonna 3 of 10
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    Madonna. Need I say more? The woman was the Queen of the '80s (and she is still the Queen of Pop), and if you were a teen or in your twenties during that time period, you wanted TO BE HER. No one can do lace gloves and frills like Madge!

    Source via Amazon

    Check out Madonna in Borderline here

  • Alf 4 of 10
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    It's Alf! Was there anyone else who could crack sarcastic jokes as well as he did? Yeah, I didn't think so! Still, this costume is the stuff that nightmares are made of. The kids of today would be like, "Alf who?"

    Source via Amazon

    Check out the pilot episode of Alf here

  • Teen Wolf 5 of 10
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    If you were a teen boy in the 1980s, let's face it, you wanted to be Michael J. Fox. He was everywhere on both television and the big screen, with one of his most memorable roles being that in Teen Wolf

    Source via Amazon

    Check out the Teen Wolf trailer here

  • Fred Flintstone 6 of 10
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    "Wilmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" Surely you know who this guy is even though he looks awfully creepy in this mask, right? LOL. It's good old Fred Flintstone! Too bad you didn't see many Barney Rubble costumes back in the day, too.

    Source via eBay

    Check out The Flintstones on YouTube

  • Cabbage Patch Dolls 7 of 10

    OMG. Could you imagine dressing up as an adult-sized Cabbage Patch doll? For some reason I just can't look away even though I am totally creeped out by these. I'm just getting these visions of a future Miley Cyrus video with these costumes.

    Source via Amazon

    Check out the Cabbage Patch Dolls on YouTube

  • Jem 8 of 10
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    "Jem is her name, no one else is the same. Jem, she's truly outrageous, truly, truly outrageous. Whoa, Jem!"

    Ok, I'll stop now.

    Source via eBaby

    Check out Jem on YouTube

  • GI Joe 9 of 10
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    GI Joe, he's an American hero! Even though GI Joe costumes aren't that much in demand these days, little boys still play with the popular toy soldier figurines to this day.

    Source via eBay

    Check out on GI Joe on YouTube

  • Strayberry Shortcake 10 of 10
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    OMG, everyone. OMG. I had this EXACT costume when I was 6 years old back in 1986. I'm almost tempted to buy this for my daughter, even though the mask is a bit creepy looking. Well but then again, all the masks from these 1980s costumes were a little creepy looking! Still, this costume makes my heart feel warm. Very warm.

    Source via eBay

    Check out Strawberry Shortcake on YouTube

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