'80s films are classic little nuggets of gold from a simpler time that still glisten brightly— especially during Halloween. There are so many memorable and lovable characters from this time that can't seem to be forgotten. It could be that we love remaking movies, but I like to think it's because the '80s, although highly disputed, was a great time for cinema.
This Halloween celebrate that specifically neon colored period of cinema! In order to help you have the most successful Halloween to date, I have gathered some iconic '80s films, one for each year of the decade, and put together a costume guide of a memorable character from each!
The Shining (1980)
Character: Grady Twins
Yes, the creepiest little girls ever! You will have to find a friend if you aren't already a twin, but that's the hardest part of this costume. Any light blue dress will do, the one below is from ModCloth. Men, don't be turned off by the pastel blue - this color is very flattering on just about everyone!
Character: John Winger
While you may not have this stuff lying around, you will definitely be able to find it at a local Army Surplus store. My best advice is to re-watch Stripes, learn the chant and your costume will be a crowd pleaser...that's the fact, Jack!
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Character: Jeff Spicoli
A pair of ripped jeans and an unbuttoned t-shirt is one of the easiest costumes to put together. The sneakers make the costume and luckily you can find them at multiple stores or grab some Keds and a sharpie and have at it. The key to this costume is your Surfer Dude accent.
Risky Business (1983)
Character: Joel Goodsen
A costume where you can stroll around in your skivvies lip syncing to Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band is my kind of costume.
The Karate Kid (1984)
What's great about being the Karate Kid is if you don't already have these clothes, it will cost you under $30 and a sweatsuit is a must have if you're even remotely serious about comfort. And you should be...because I'm dead serious about comfort.
Back to the Future (1985)
Character: Marty McFly
Ideally you can find most of Marty's outfit in yours or your boyfriend's or brother's closet. But the items not on hand, I suggest your local thrift store. they are always good for a sweet pair of vintage high-tops or a denim jacket.
Character: Jareth The Goblin King
The best part of this costume is that there is really only a few choice pieces to make this iconic king really pop, the wig and the blouse. If you're at a loss on where to find this shirt - you can always improvise. A white ruffly scarf over a classic collared shit will do the trick. If you don't have a white collared shirt...then it's probably time to get one.
Some Army-style face paint and camo pants and you've basically got a Major Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer costume. Any black cargo vest will do, but what a great excuse to purchase a Nerf ammo vest and machine gun, right? Over all, it's a fairly simple costume that will be a crowd pleaser for sure!
Character: Lydia Deetz
There are so many great costumes that came out of the film Beetlejuice; Lydia is just one of the more easy-to-put-together choices. The most iconic part of becoming Lydia is her pieced bangs. If you don't have your own already you can always use black face paint to get a similar look. "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle—"
The 'Burbs (1989)
Character: Ray Peterson
Dressing up as Ray Peterson from The 'Burbs might just be the most comfortable costume anyone could ever wear...Sold!