Throwback Thursday: I Miss 90s Halloween

oh yes, i'm almost totally ready for this year's halloween.  but...i miss 90s halloween.  i think it's a mixture of not being a kid any more as well as how the halloween rules have changed since those quality 90s days.  who says i'm too old for trick or treating?  there's an age limit for a deep appreciation of free candy?  and why can't my work have a costume parade?  i call shenanigans.  i miss the 90s in general, but halloween especially.  as do most people i think, since 90s characters are popular costumes each and every year (i see ninja turtles and power rangers every halloween.)

but my personal top three reasons i want to turn every halloween into 90s halloween:

1. can 90s candy make a comeback?  because i miss getting wonder balls, warheads, push pops, ring pops, bubble tape - pretty sure we even got a few squeeze-its in there.  i love chocolate as much as the next girl but no one puts any effort into candy for their trick or treaters any more.  it's just bags and bags of fun size snickers bars.  at least my mom still gives out individually packages taffy apples.

i want to buy this entire box.  also, i need to find some fruit stripe gum.

2. my costumes were fantastic.  i recall 50s poodle skirts, princess outfits, devils, witches, a jester one year (i loved those bell shoes.  mom did not.), little red riding hood and alice in wonderland.  the college years were kind of a pain costume-wise.  you know, all those skanky costumes - it's october.  in iowa.  there is absolutely zero enjoyment in miniskirts and sleeveless cleavage-bearing tops in october in iowa.  at least as i've gotten older i've added more length and layers back to my costumes.  this year i'll be a pinata and my dress absolutely has sleeves.  still though, look at this magic - tights, socks, sneakers, jessica even has sleeves and leggings, and you can bet we had coats on too:


and then add 20 years and take off 5 layers:


i am never too old for matching costumes though, tara is being a pinata with me this year.

3. quality halloween movies.  yeah i'm wussy so scary movies aren't my thing.  but you know hocus pocus is infinitely better than saw eleventy billion.  guess how old hocus pocus is this year?  20.  yes, it came out in 1993 and yes, i have watched it every halloween since.  and i bet you have too.  it's a classic, and they just don't make classic halloween movies any more - even 'kid' ones, which i'd totally embrace.


and if i wanted to be scared, i watched are you afraid of the dark.  yes nickelodeon, if i wasn't before i certainly am now.

maybe next year i'll host a 90s halloween party.  all 90s candy, 90s costumes, hocus pocus playing on repeat and we can eat popcorn balls and taffy apples.  and then read short stories from scary stories to tell in the dark.  who's coming?

23 comments

  1. This post makes me miss all things 90's! And I so want to be invited to that Halloween party! :)

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  2. I think I had that same 50s girl costume!

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  3. Watching Hocus Pocus right now and it'll be on the blog next week. :)

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  4. If you do host that party, I best get an invite! And I'm totally feeling you on all this, duh. I found fruit stripped gum at a store not too long ago! I wanna say it was toys r us?

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  5. I just watched Hocus Pocus last weekend! :)

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  6. Love Love Hocus Pocus! I miss the 90's too, I think this year I will finally start costumes that don't freeze me to death on Halloween.

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  7. 90s Halloween Party, yes. It's your calling.

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  8. I had never seen Hocus Pocus until I was in college and all the girls I lived with watched it obsessively...and I happily joined!

    And mmmm now I want nerds...and gobstoppers...and runts. All my favorites!

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  9. LOVE this. If you host a 90's Halloween party next year- you had better invite me ;) I love all the old 90's candy and that your mom still gives out the taffy apples- the best! Oh, I was also a 50's girl with a big ol poodle skirt for one Halloween!

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  10. I think you should live here, because this is another perfect post & that's 90's Halloween Party is PURE. FREAKING. GENIUS and I would totally be down for helping plan it!
    Also, we don't always give out candy, but when we do, I try not to opt for just the bite sized chocolates (if I'm in charge of buying the candy). I agree, that's a bit to easy. We always had the COOLEST candy.
    Oh 90's, come back to me!

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  11. I love old Halloween movies! And push pops! I want to see your pinata costume!

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  12. YES 90's halloweens were the best. hands down.

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  13. "And then add 20 years and take off 5 layers"!!! Hilarious!
    And I too miss 90's Halloweens!

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  14. I'm now craving some watermelon taffy with the seeds in it. Remember that? The best!

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  15. I was in the cracker barrel store the other day (don't judge me, it is the only place in my podunk town to get car jars :) and they sell throwback candy sets! not sure if they had 90s, but they might. P.S> I am excited to see your costume

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  16. I loved the 90's! I'm pretty sure those were the best years ever.

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  17. I love Hocus Pocus!!! I can't wait- I think I saw in someone's feed they're showing it already!

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  18. I was Angelica Pickles two years ago for Randy/Melissa's Halloween Party.

    and I'll totes go your 90s party!

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  19. i miss the 90s every damn day. everything was so simple and fun.

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  20. omg if you have a 90s halloween party, i want on the guest list! looooove hocus pocus!

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  21. Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie! Not even for Halloween! I'd say it's in my top 10 favorites ever. Can't wait to see this year's costume!

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  22. sweet lord please do a party.
    i'm crashing.

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