BySarah O'Connell, writer at

Dressing up in a gut-wrenching gorefest of a Halloween costume isn't for everyone. And maybe you're not really inclined to be a sexy version of a public service employee either?

In that case, I've got just the thing for you.

Everyone has experienced the resurgence of '80s and '90s pop culture in recent years, with bands reforming and fashion re-trending. I'd like to take a moment to get all up in your face about beloved cartoons from an era past.

Check out these nostalgic cartoon costume ideas!

1. Daria and Jane - Daria

Already a moody hipster? Then add some glasses and a green jacket from some overpriced vintage store and you're all set.

2. Velma - Scooby Doo

This will also score you some cool points among the '90s kids. Velma over Daphne any day.

3. Hey Arnold

That head might be tricky... paper mache project!

4. Helga - Hey Arnold!

This is my absolute favorite!

Helga was our childhood poster girl for unrequited love and psychotic obsession.

"I once sculpted Arnold's likeness out of wads of his used gum."

5. Johnny Bravo

Learn a few classic Johnny quotes and you'll be set to break hearts on Halloween:

"You look pretty...I look pretty...why don't we go home and stare at each other?"

"Hey Foxy Mama, You smell kinda pretty. Wanna smell me? Hoohah!"

"Hello, 911 emergency? There's a handsome guy in my house" Oh, wait, cancel that. It's only me."

6. Powerpuff Girls

Everyone will recognize Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.

7. Inspector Gadget

Our favorite clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective. What a great costume!

8. Recess

This is a pretty decent group effort. I would definitely call dibs on dressing up as Gretchen. Homework is my favorite.

So put away those scary and/or sexy costumes and go as a childhood favorite for Halloween. You are bound to have lots of conversations with random people that are pulled down memory lane by your nostalgic costume genius.

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