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Ever wish you could return to simpler times, when The Cheetah Girls and Lizzie McGuire ruled Disney Channel, all the cool kids were on Myspace, and Britney Spears took up all the storage on your iPod? The 2000s might have been a wacky time, but there were some things that made perfect sense: like Razrs instead of iPhones, AIM instead of Instagram, and Juicy Tubes instead of Kylie Lip Kits. Although we haven’t found a way to transport back to those golden days yet, you can dip your toes into the past with some clever 2000s-themed Halloween costumes this fall.
Whether you choose to be a nostalgic TV or movie character, or you decide to dress as your favorite celebrity from the early-aughts, you can’t go wrong with these easy ideas you can shop or DIY. You can even pull them together at the last minute before Hallow’s Eve! The whole family can get involved: Dress your toddler as a cartoon character, or get a group of your best friends together and transform into the cheerleaders from Bring It On! The opportunities are endless with these costumes, which are worthy of 2000s icon Paris Hilton’s immortal words: “That’s hot.”
Britney Spears Costume
Britney Spears was one of the biggest musical artists of the 2000s, and she had no shortage of headline-making outfits you can pull from for inspiration. Blogger Annaliese L-K put together this look based on Spears’s outfit for her first album …Baby One More Time.
Penny Proud Costume From The Proud Family
Disney animated cartoons were one of the best parts of the 2000s. They were all so good! But definitely one of our favorites was The Proud Family, and you can mimic Penny Proud’s classic skirt-and-cardigan combo with this easy DIY.
Jenna Rink’s Dance Costume From 13 Going On 30
If you’ve ever dreamed of taking over the dance floor with Mark Ruffalo by your side, you’ve probably, like me, seen 13 Going On 30 one too many times. But it’s one of the best romcoms from the 2000s, so who can blame you? Copy Jenna’s famous dress from that iconic scene with this DIY.
Jenna Rink’s Work Costume From 13 Going On 30
If you prefer Jenna’s outfits from her time as an editor at fashion magazine Poise, we’ve got you covered: You can pull off this leather jacket look for a 2000s outfit that’s still appropriate for work.
Damien Leigh and Janice Ian Costumes From Mean Girls
Sure, everybody who loves Mean Girls wants to dress up as Regina George and Cady Heron, but it’s the side characters who make for the real fun. All you need is a sweatshirt and sunglasses to become Damien Leigh, and with some denim and boots, you can convince the world you’re Janice Ian.
Isis Costume From Bring It On
Gabrielle Union gave us an unforgettable show as Isis in 2000’s cheerleading comedy Bring It On, and you can bring it back when you don this inexpensive Clovers uniform.
Dwight Schrute Costume From The Office
When Hey Arnold! ended in 2004, fans everywhere were devastated. But you can pay tribute to one of the most iconic characters this Halloween.
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*NSYNC No Strings Attached Costume
What would the 2000s have been without boy bands? *NSYNC came out with No Strings Attached in 2000, and the world has never been the same. Recreate the album cover with this super-simple DIY that only requires a little makeup and some string.
Team Rocket Costume From Pokémon
“I choose you, Pikachu!” Thanks to the classic Pokémon cartoons from the 2000s, we all know what that catchphrase sounds like—and how to use it to ward off the nefarious Team Rocket goons, whose uniforms are practically effortless to recreate.
Mia Thermopolis Costume from The Princess Diaries
Don’t we all wish we were Mia, Anne Hathaway’s perfectly awkward teenager who turns out to be a princess? She’s arguably at her cutest during the first half of the film, when she rocks this outfit to school every day.
Princess Mia Costume From The Princess Diaries
Willy Wonka Costume From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The book and original film might have come out decades earlier, but Charlie’s adventure to the chocolate factory was immortalized in film form yet again by Tim Burton in 2005. Candyman Willy Wonka knew how to dress. Steal his purple coat and top hat for this easy-peasy Halloween look.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake Costumes
The time was 2001. The occasion was the American Music Awards. Then-flames Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears wore all-denim outfits, and the world will never let them forget it. Follow their lead with this custom-made costume.
Paulie Bleeker Costume From Juno
We all fell in love a little bit with Michael Cera’s adorable Paulie Bleeker, who became an unexpected father in the 2000s classic Juno.
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