20 Halloween Costume Ideas For 20-Somethings

In college, Halloween was the most ridiculous 3-9 day bender. The amount of days spent celebrating was due to what day of the week Halloween fell on, so – for instance – when Halloween was on a Wednesday we had FIVE different days to dress up… Meaning we needed five different costumes. This was completely different for the boys, though, as they wore the same costume every night they went out for Halloween… if they even dressed up at all. But for us girls, it was our time to shine.

This year, Halloween just so happens to fall on a Wednesday. This would be exciting if we were still in college, but we are not… so, like, it’s kind of ‘whatever.’ What are we supposed to do? Do people actually go out on Halloween night at our age? How many nights are we allowed to dress up for it? Just how skanky can our costume(s) be? Is being in a costume still an excuse for a one night stand with, let’s say, Michael Jackson? We are at a weird age, my friends. Of course if you JUST graduated, you are totally capable of pretending you are in still in college. Go out, get crazy, and hold on to those last couple inches of college madness (please, do it for me). But what about those who didn’t just graduate… but aren’t, like, anywhere near getting married and having kids and being all grown-up and sh*t? What do we do?

Since we’re not in college, we can’t just get dressed up and know that there will be some party we can go to. We kind of have to make plans in advance (yuck). But what if no one is around? What if no one is having or can have a party? What if our apartment is a center for ants and we can’t have a party ourselves? What if we’re completely over the bars in our area and don’t feel like waiting in the way-too-long lines to pay a way-too-high cover at a way-too-overrated bar to show off our costumes to complete strangers. I guess the only thing to do is… pretend we are still in college for a day (or two) and be totally fine with this whole post-college Halloween thing.

Post-college Halloween is tricky, but it’s do-able. And with only 15 days left until Halloween night – and only 10 days until Halloween Weekend #1 begins – it is time to start thinking costumes (if you haven’t already). I was never into buying one of those slutty little cliche costumes because they 1. weren’t original and 2. were expensive. So instead I take the DIY route and create my own clever costumes each year. No, I don’t sew myself together some insanely awesome costume (but I would if I could). I just buy some stuff from the nearest party store, or use what I already have, and be something funny, creative, and – yes- a little bit risk-ay. For me, I most likely won’t be dressing up as much as I did in college this year because – let’s be serious – I don’t have as much energy, willpower, and money to rage as hard as before. I also don’t have the time to create as many costumes – I don’t even know if I have the time to create ONE Halloween costume. Oh, and I have to, like, work on Halloween. Bummer. But I have thankfully developed a list of 20 costumes that can easily be created (well… most of them) meaning not a lot of time and money has to be put into them…

Here are 20 Halloween costume ideas I thought of (and found online) for 20-somethings!

1. Fat Missy Elliot in a Trashbag: If you can’t stand the rain, this costume is for you. It’s funny, you can make it sexy if you’d like (but you don’t have to), and if it’s raining (or snowing… because it did last year), you’ll be in the clear. I highly recommend this costume.

2. Lil Kim at the VMAs circa 1999: Yes, this is the outfit where Lil Kim wore a one sleeved pants suit that exposed her left breast – and a pasty to cover her nipple. You could even have a friend be fellow presenter Diana Ross who gave the boob a little feel on stage. Or you could put a group together of 90s rappers in wild outfits (involving the above Fat Missy Elliot). OR you could get a group together and be…

3. Wild Outfits Strictly From Awards Shows (group costume): Britney’s nude outfit… Britney’s snake outfit… or you could combine both and be naked Britney wearing a snake. Lady Gaga covered in meat. Howard Stern’s exposed cheeks. Katy Perry being Katy Perry. The list goes on.

4. Zoltan from ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’: Yup. The alien-loving freaks from this Sean William Scott moron fest that featured a llama… i mean ostrich. All you need to do is find some bubble wrap and cover your entire body in it over a black tank and black shorts. You can also wear some glasses to make yourself look super nerdy. And of course you must exclaim ‘ZOLTAN!’ while putting your thumbs together to form a Z.

5. McKayla Maroney: Wear warmups, do a cartwheel, wear a medal, and act like you’re not impressed. Mouth to the side, not giving a f*ck. It’s pretty easy.

6. Seth, Evan, and/or McLovin from Superbad: This is easy since the movie took place over the course of a day. Don’t shower, wear similar/matching outfits to the boy you’re being, look extremely confused, and act awkward. If you’re being Seth, put a little ketchup on your leg to look like you got period on it. If you’re being McLovin, get awesome glasses and create a fake ID for yourself using, like, Paint or something. Ha.

7. Fembots from Austin Powers: You will need a big blonde wig and a bad attitude. If you’re thin enough, you can dress like the half naked Fembots who wear metallic bras and extremely short metallic shorts. Or you can wear the little pink see-through 70s nightgown that has tons and tons of pink fur over the boobs. Since it’s see through, you will need pink booty shorts or whatever underwear you’re comfortable wearing under it… and little heels with more pink fur. THEN you will need some sort of gun to come out from the fur. You can either put it there permanently or contact a science friend to figure out how to make the gun go in and out of your fur… or metallic bra. *BONUS* Have someone be Austin. Groovy baby.

8. Psy: You can Gangnam Style all night. Just wear a ridiculous suit and bow tie with sunglasses. Bonus points if you’re Asian.

9. Justin Timberlake at age 19: This is a money saver. Hide your hair. Grab some ramen noodles. Bobby pin them to your head. Done. You can also wear blinged out earings and a chain… and, like, a plain blue t-shirt. It’s. So. Easy. If you want, you can have a friend or significant other be Britney at age 19 and be a couple (that couple costume would be 10x better if the guy was Brit and the girl was JT – just saying).

10. Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (group costume): If you have no idea what this is, think back to your childhood (slash your parent’s childhood… or when they were our age… whatever) and remember THE MUPPETS. The Electric Mayhem was the Muppet rock band and they were totally badass. There was Dr. Teeth, Animal (who was f*cking nuts), Janice (who was super cool), Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Zoot, and Lips. You could get a group together and be all of them or you could just be one of them. You would really just need a wig, some face paint, an instrument of choice, and a badass attitude.

They did it…

11. Bananas In Pajamas: This show was actually bizarre, but the theme song was one for the books. Dress in striped pajamas (you might have to buy some from like Target or Walmart – oh well… get over it). Wear some sort of yellow hat with a brown stem on it (you can easily make this). Wear long yellow socks/leggings if you dare. And then walk down some stairs. Comfort and hilarity mixed into one. Love it.

12. Men In Black: Well, this is easy. Wear a suit, wear sunglasses, act mysterious, and pretend your iPhone can erase people’s memory. Oh you think we just hooked up? Think again.

These dudes look legit.

13. The Tanning Mom: Go spray tanning for the next 10 days or paint yourself orange, wear a leather jacket and bow thing in your hair, carry around an orange painted doll, pretend she’s your daughter, and tell everyone you never took her to the tanning salon. Ever.

Kristen Wiig did it.

14. Tickle Me Elmo: When this toy came out, people beat people up over it – literally. It was the hottest thing to hit the market. And yes, this was before iPods and iPads and inexpensive cell phones. This is because Elmo is the sh*t. And if you want to be Elmo for Halloween, but need  to spice it up and be something ‘hot,’ channel your inner 5 year old and be Tickle Me Elmo!  You can wear a small furry red dress, a furry red hat, an orange nose, and furry red slippers. It’s Elmo 2.0. Of course you must have a sign that says ‘Press Here!’ in an appropriate place and then laugh when people press it. Hehe.

15. Pinata: If you want to get hit (on) this Halloween, this costume is for you. Grab a leotard or strapless dress (preferably nude) and wrap multi-colored crepe paper around yourself in patterns (depending what look you’re going for). Then you can either put horns on your head… and just put the head of a real pinata on top of your head – attach with bobby pins or make into a party hat. Not many people have real pinata heads, but I just so happen to. Perhaps this costume is calling my name… You can also make an opening in your outfit and tape candy to yourself. Be sure to carry around a bat. Beware of bruising, though, as drunk people may actually forget you are a person and hit you a little too hard.

16. The Gang Bang Guy from Old School: This works best if you’re Jewish. You’ll need a Jew fro, a necklace/chain with a Hebrew letter, a maroon velour sweatsuit, a mustache, and glasses. Perhaps wear or hold a sign that says… ‘Hi. I’m here for the gang bang.’ Better yet – wear that sign… in sticker form.

17. Loofah (and Soap – if you have a friend): Saw a picture of this costume online and couldn’t resist. To be the loofa, attach matte net to a dress (or shorts and a top) to make a poofy loofa-looking dress. Then attach white felt in a loop in the front. If you have a friend who wants to do it (or a significant other), they can be soap. AKA put a white box around your stomach and write soap on it. HOW CUTE.

18. Cher!: I f*cking love Clueless and if you’re reading this, chances are you do too… so why not be Cher for Halloween?! You can also grab two friends and have them be Dionne and Tai. As if! All you need to do is get a pleated plaid skirt, a matching plaid blazer, knee high socks, a faux fur bag, a large furry pen, and a gigantic ancient cell phone. You will then need to talk like a moron all night and quote the movie. Bonus points if you live in California and go to a Valley party.

19. Stick Stickley: You will need a giant Popsicle stick. As in one as tall as you… or one that goes from your hips to above your face. You will center the popsicle stick in front of your face so it covers it and wear it as a mask. Put a smiley face on your stick and there you have it – Stick f*cking Stickley – straight from 1997.

20. Fired Big Bird: He’s such a big deal right now, why not? Save PBS.

So… what do you think? Do you have any more costume ideas? Send us a picture of you in your Halloween costume (especially if you happen to be any of the above) to sam@forevertwentysomethings.com by October 30th at noon. We’re having a costume contest and will be posting the winner on October 31st AKA Halloween! Good luck 😉

Flashback Friday: 15 Things That Will Make You Feel Old

All together, the Spice Girls have 11 children.

Justin Timberlake left Nsync and went solo 10 years ago.

Nick Lachey is 38.

Nelly was in his prime 10 years ago.

People who were born in the 90s have already graduated from college.

The last episode of Boy Meets World aired 12 years ago.

Start -> Programs -> Games. No one does that anymore. Except my boyfriend. Because he is Amish.

Fights broke out over Tickle Me Elmo during the holidays 16 years ago.

12 year old kids didn’t know who Madonna was before she performed at this year’s Super Bowl. Believe me. I have a 12 year old brother… and I asked him.

The first iPod came out over 10 years ago.

Anchorman came out EIGHT years ago.

Tetris and snood? More like Twitter and Facebook.

We obsessed over Furbys 14 years ago.

Crank Dat Soulja Boy came out 5 years ago.

It feels like Justin Bieber’s first single “One Time” came out yesterday. However, that was three years ago and he sounds like a baby in that song. Completely different than he does now.

10 Things Kids These Days Are Missing

1. Boy Bands. Ask a 9 year old who Nsync is. Chances are they will have no idea. 98 Degrees? BSB? LFO? Hanson? Nope. If you ask a kid their favorite boy band, they will probably say “The Jonas Brothers” or something. But The Jonas Brothers are no Nsync or BSB. They might be famous now… but I’m sure they won’t be giving birth to another Justin Timberlake anytime soon. And I’m sure they won’t sell out stadiums on a reunion tour in 10-15 years. Boy bands were a pre-teen’s best accesory from 1998 – 2003. Our childhood would have sucked without those bands full of young, attractive boys who danced (very) well while singing about stuff that didn’t matter. The MMMBop’s of our generation have turned into I-Kissed-a-Girl-and-I-Liked-It’s. Life just doesn’t right for a kid without real boy bands.

2. Girl Bands. There really is no girl power anymore, is there? For young female artists, we have Selena Gomez (Who is Justin Bieber’s bitch – literally. She just ended her show about Wizards to spend more time with him), Demi Lovato (Who recently got out of rehab), and Miley Cyrus (Who is a self-acclaimed weed addict). What great role models. But back to talent – where is it? These days, young celebs cannot chose to be an actors OR a musician. They have to be both. This poses a problem, because I’m sure there are some girls that excel at only one of these talents – but they can’t be won over by Disney because they don’t have the whole package. The all-time greatest girl band – the Spice Girls – were “bloody” horrible actors, but they embraced their bad movies and in return, we loved them. Someone needs to tell young girls that they don’t need it all to be successful. Young celebs are totally sending the wrong message out these days. Girl Power! *cue peace sign*

3. Skip It. Instead of playing with N64 or PlayStation, Skip It provided youths with a fun game that made you work for a win. And they came in pink. I mean, treadmills don’t even come in pink. Talk about a workout disguised as stylish fun. Kids have their interactive Wii Fits now (and I will admit – Just Dance is one hell of a workout), but you can’t bust it out on the playground. However, you could with Skip It. You could play it at recess, in your driveway, in your backyard, at the bus stop, in a friend’s backyard, etc. But you can’t play Wii outside, can you? Do kids even play outside anymore? Do kids even play at all? Wtf.

4. TRL. I remember racing home from school every day to watch TRL. The excitement was pretty much equivalent to a weekend (or weekday) night of drinking in college. As far as I know, there is no TRL anymore. In fact, there are no music videos worth watching anymore. Okay, so maybe there are music videos worth watching, but I wouldn’t know because MTV now shows drunk idiots and pregnant teenagers. Not music videos. Of course, you can still catch the vids online, on MTV2, or during VH1’s throwback shows – but no one celebrates, talks about, or learns dance moves from music videos anymore… so why would you even bother? The music video is just not as cool anymore.

5. (Annoying) Stuffed Animals That Talk/Go To The Bathroom. Since 2012’s children are a bunch of technology snobs, a stuffed animal wouldn’t be cool to them (not even a talking one… unless it spoke to them through an iPad app). Did you see all the holiday shopping fights on the news this year? Those were over Air Jordans and HDTVs. “Back in our day” (yes, we’re that old) those fights were over Tickle Me Elmos, Furby’s, and that horrible doll that went to the bathroom. I guess iPads, iPods, iPhones, and iAnthing is better than those horrible, overpriced “toys.” And I guess todays’ kids would rather have the Apple products too. But as a 23 year old, I should not be wanting the same things as a 10 year old. Kids are really missing out on being kids. I mean play with a toy that isn’t virtual! We had our Tamagotchi’s. That was our high end technological toy. But guess what? That phase ended quickly, and we were soon back on to lame, annoying stuffed animals.

6. Full House. I grew up watching awesome shows such as everything on Nickelodeon… and Full House. 11 years later, my now 12-year-old brother is growing up watching Family Guy, Jersey Shore, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, and Hannah Montanta. There is a big problem here: Kids are missing out on being kids. Maybe growing up watching Jersey Shore and Curb only applies to my younger brother, since he grew up around elders (his siblings)… But I’m pretty sure other kids who aren’t allowed to watch such vulgar shows are either sneaking around watching episodes online… or are stuck watching the Disney Channel (where all kids can sing, dance, and act), forming unrealistic ideas in their head about life. Are there any shows that teach kids real, valuable lessons about life anymore? And I don’t mean the repeats of Full House on ABC Family every day…

7. Good Nickelodeon Shows. All That, Rugrats, Doug, Hey Arnold, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Clarissa Explains It All, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Aaah! Real Monsters, The Angry Beavers, CatDog… Please – stop me now. I could go on all night. No one makes television like that anymore. No one. I’m talking television that makes you want to sit on the couch in your PJs with your parents watching television on a weekend night. We spent our Saturday nights watching SNICK and our Friday nights watching whatever that night of TV was called on ABC watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Kids now spend their weekend nights skyping with friends, facebooking acquaintances, and texting the guy/girl they like from their iPhone. If a show is on that they want to watch (which it most likely isn’t), they can watch it online the next day or something. There’s no need for a SNICK-like program anymore (except for us twenty somethings late at night – way past my bedtime – during the week).

8. Beanie Babies. If you were not a child or a parent of a child during the “Beanie Baby Craze,” you will never understand the obsession and fascination people had with these little bean-filled stuffed animals. People not involved in the craze probably thought beanie babies were “just little bean-filled stuffed animals…” Well, they weren’t. They had names. They had poems. They were cute. And best of all – they were worth money. And a lot of it if you had the right TY branded animal (Princess Diana the bear, anyone?). It should be normal for a kid to get excited over a stupid, squishy stuffed animal. But now, it is not. Now, things that excite kids include iPhones, their mom’s laptop, and Skype. There is one thing we can be grateful for, though: The demise of Teenie Beanie Babies. What a horrible idea. It totally promoted obesity. How many 20-somethings out there filled up on McDonalds for a straight week just so they could get multiple mini versions of Beanie Babies?! It wasn’t even, like, the real thing. Gross. At least (most) kids are healthy nowadays.

9. Line Dances. Think back to a middle school dance. Everyone is standing around… Girls on the left. Boys on the right. And then it happens. A magical song starts to fill the cafeteria. Everyone gathers into lines and starts doing the same dance. No, this is not a cult-like rebellion or zombie takeover like the one in the Thriller video. It is a LINE DANCE. Now, what happens when you put on the Macarena in front of an 8 year old? I’ll tell you what happens. NOTHING. Nothing. What about the Cotton Eye Joe? Electric Slide? Cha Cha Slide? Even that stupid dance everyone did during that Vengaboy’s song (We Like To Party – Hello Six Flags… RIP dancing man)? No. They listen to Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (the Justin and Brit of this generation… kind of… not really). A 2012 “line dance” consists of middle school students grinding with one, two, three, or more people in a straight line next to each other to a song by one of the following: Katy Perry, LMFAO, Pitbull, The Biebs, and David Guetta (AKA everything we listen to). The only time you’re going to see a line dance these days is at a bar on 90s night, a wedding, a bar/bat mitzvah, an old person’s birthday party, or a party at my apartment. Come on over.

10. AOL. Cue the dial-up tone – AKA the excitement of getting to use the internet. There is no excitement anymore. Only anger. If the internet isn’t working (even when we aren’t using it) we go into a psycho rage (this goes for children and adults). No one appreciates logging on to the internet because we are always logged on – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Kids don’t know that one day people did not have wireless internet. In fact, they did not have internet. They did not have AIM. They did not have Facebook. And they did not have video chatting. Now don’t get me wrong. I think video chatting is cool. BUT I think it would be a little messed up if I video chatted with more than, like, 5 of the people I chatted with on AIM during middle school and even high school. It was awkward enough receiving an IM from your crush. It took you like 10 minutes to think of something to say back, after consulting with friends of course (thank god AIM didn’t show when people were typing back in the day). Imagine getting a video chat request from your crush??? Or even worse – the school bully? WTF. This is where I get confused as to how Skype is as much of a staple in a middle school-er’s life as AIM was in ours.  Instead of using AIM, kids choose to force face-to-face communication upon each other through Skype. I guess this gives them the satisfaction of having friends without actually hanging out with them in person – so they have more time for extracurricular activities in hopes of getting into a better college (once again – kids don’t have time to be kids anymore). Thanks Internet for so quickly advancing and ruining childhood. Oh, and thanks for making my childhood so awesome… and making my entry to adulthood even better. I’m torn.

Fantastic 90’s Fads

Remember that time when we were kids? Yeah, things have changed quite a bit since then, haven’t they? When I was in elementary school, I was playing Spice Girls & Rugrats at Recess, listening to the young, innocent Britney Spears in my discman, and trying to keep my tamagotchi alive. Now, just about 12 years later, kids are listening and singing songs such as Katy Perry’s latest hit about getting wasted and having random sex on a Friday night, sneaking their iPads and iPhones on the bus so they can check their Facebook newsfeeds, and playing Jersey Shore at recess (my 11 year old brother confirmed this). The other day, I went into this brother’s 5th grade classroom to watch his class do a poetry reading and at the end, the teacher turned on Teach Me How To Dougie – and the kids started dancing. What in the world happened to youth???? I don’t really think anything happened actually… When we were young, I’m sure older people were saying the same thing about our excessive use of the phrase “Girl Power” and our obsession with emailing our friends on AOL for Kids the minute we got home from school. Technology just advanced… pretty quickly… or wait, maybe we just got old? Yeah, that happened too. But anyway, this list below of fantastic 90s fads will not only leave you begging for your youth back, but also simply amazed at how much technology has advanced since we were kids.

Beanie Babies

Talk about a significant waste of money, time, and effort! Not only did beanie babies become more expensive every day, but they also became harder to get. When the Princess Diana beanie baby came out, that thing went for WAY too much money. I have it – It’s in my room, stuffed on a shelf. It does not look like the Princess… and it’s probably not worth a cent anymore. Can you imagine a Kate Middleton beanie baby being made? That thing would be stylish as f*ck.  So remember the days you spent researching information about your stuffed toys on ty.com? Or remember the times you waited in the long lines at McDonalds to get a teenie beanie baby?! Yeah, in the long run all that did was score you a few short-term friends (if you had the cool beanie babies) and make you fat (by eating fast food & sitting online).


This has to go down as THE creepiest and most annoying toy EVER – The Furby. It was actually kind of terrifying. It spoke – and not in a playful voice (like that doll that WENT TO THE BATHROOM). I honestly have NO idea what was so cool about furbys… You even had to put the thing in a dark place to make it shut up! And it said “Let’s have fun!” What was it? Michael Jackson?


This toy came fresh off the boat from Japan. Thanks guys. At least this toy had a purpose, unlike furbys and beanie babies. You had to keep it alive! I remember when it would start to die… It would turn into that face/shape, kind of like a worm if I remember correctly. It was pretty sad… I remember always having to reset mine by pressing pens into the reset button. If tamagotchis were made now, they would be colorful and have videos. Actually, maybe tamagotchis are still creeping around – is there an app for that?

90s Nickelodeon

There is no better TV than the awesomeness that was All That, Doug, Rugrats, Keenan and Kel, Clarissa Explains It All, Ahh! Real Monsters, Figure It Out, Cat Dog, The Angry Beavers, Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold, HEY DUDE, Legends of the Hidden Temple, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Sponge Bob (when it was good, duh), The Adventures of Pete & Pete, GUTS,  etc. But seriously… take that list and think of what kids watch now. Hannah Montana (not on anymore, but still), iCarly (love that show, but still nothing compared to the above), Wizards of Waverly Place (what does that even mean?), and other meaningless shows that promote eating disorders (because all of these shows are promoting the fact that the average is kid is nothing). Hannah Montana was famous… iCarly has a web show and super, talented smart friends AND she also seems to live with no parents. I have never seen “Wizards,” but Jeff from Curb is apparently in it.. and they make fun of the show in the episode where Larry is caught texting bad things to a 9 year-old (now THAT is good TV). But anyway – 90s tv was for the AVERAGE kid. Thanks to the awesome people now working at Nick (aka our generation), we can now catch some 90s shows on Nickelodeon from midnight – 2am. Unfortunately, that is past my bed time… so I am hoping Nick will make a channel dedicated to only 90s shows (this way – more jobs will be open, and I will have a better chance at scoring one in television… please).


AOL basically defines the 90s. But it also really, kinda defines our youth. Is the dial up noise stuck in your head yet?! Because it’s stuck in mine. First, there was just basic AOL accounts with email. I had AOL for Kids where my mom would set preferences of what I could and couldn’t do. Not long after this, I started emailing friends… and then AOL Instant Messenger began where I could chat with my friends not through email if they were online… followed by AIM… AKA the beginning of the end. Email fights turned into AIM fights. Profiles were created listing inside jokes no one got, names of boyfriends and girlfriends with a “<3″ next to it, and giant lists of people’s initials (those were your friends – or just every single person you spoke to at school). Soon, subprofiles were created – where you had a whole webpage dedicated to your profile. Nowadays, kids have Facebooks, just like us, to do all of this and more from… And parents pretty much have no control of it.

Skip It

Talk about a great toy! This toy actually provided exercise to youth – something they needed after wasting time on AOL & ty.com. And you could get it in any color. I had pink. You could play with this toy at recess too – much more productive than playing Jersey Shore. I bet if skip it was around now, they would tell you how many calories you burned. At least you could be outside and do this – unlike Wii Fit. (Please note how this girl is dressed in the pic – SO 90s)

Boy Bands

Boy Bands do not exist anymore – as long as you don’t consider The Jonas Brothers a boy band… because they aren’t. At least not like Nsync, BSB, 98 Degrees, Hanson, LFO, Five, O-Town, Soul Decision… and the list goes on! These guys not only sang in harmony, but they also danced… and they were pretty damn good at it. They climbed the charts on TRL (another 90s fad, along with Carson Daly & Tom Green’s “The Bum Bum Song” which hit number 1 one week) and they were attacked by young, screaming girls at their various concerts throughout the nation. Ya, NKOTBSB is on tour right now but I don’t see any 8 year old girls running around doing dance moves taught to them by Darren’s Dance Grooves (another awesome fad) at school.

The Macarena

Ask a 10 year old to do the macarena. He/she will have no idea what you are referring to. Personally, I think this dance should be brought back to life. This or the Cha Cha Slide. You could bust out those moves to Pitbull no problem.

Girl Power

I wish Girl Power was still a common term used today not just by feminists. In 5th grade, I had a “Girl Power” themed party and some women came to our house and dressed us up to look the 5 fabulous, girl-power promoting Brits. Do kids even have such parties anymore?? The Spice Girls were THE staple of our youth. Sexy Spice even had to be changed to Ginger Spice because the name was too provocative… Now, the name Sexy Spice would be way too tame.


Pagers were really annoying. This later turned into 2-way or “beep beep” on Nextel phones – Giant Nextel phones are another 90s and early 2000s fad – I do miss mine sometimes.

Games on CD

Oregon Trail, The Sims, etc. These games didn’t really go anywhere. They just don’t come equipped with installation CDs anymore. You can now play these on Facebook, on your phone, and online… CDs are sooo 1990. Where’s the app?!

Britney Spears

All you have to do is listen to a track off her first album, “…Baby One More Time,” or watch her awesome performance at the VMAs with then boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, and his band Nsync – and then listen to a track off her new album, “Femme Fatale.” Then, please tell me what happened. Actually – don’t. It’s a long story and I know what happened. It’s kind of like 90s Lindsay Lohan (Parent Trap, anyone?). Kind of.

Other fads included:

VCRs (no one is going to know what a tape or VCR is anymore… depressing, right?)

Power Rangers (I’m talking about Mighty Morphin… not the others)

Discman (Remember those bus rides to school and camp listening to your CDs?)

Walkman (And remember those bus rides listening to your CASSETTE TAPES?)




Mambo No 5

Tickle Me Elmo

Mini Vans

Full House


Limited Too

Now That’s What I Call Music!

Slap Bracelets

Roll On Body Glitter

Fake Tattoos


Have any others? Comment away!