The Top 10 Halloween Trends From the 90's

(Me with my brothers showcasing our Jack-o-Lanterns, 1998)

(Me with my brothers showcasing our Jack-o-Lanterns, 1998)

We all know how it begins. ‘I was working in the lab late one night….’ Then we did the mash. We did the Monster Mash with our entire elementary school. Any 90’s kid will tell you about the best day of the year when we got to wear our costumes to school and walk in the annual Halloween parade.

We can still hear it. Our school’s P.A. system cranked all the way up, blasting static renditions of “Ghostbusters,” “Highway to Hell,” and “I Put A Spell On You.” Talk about a schoolyard smash. And we marched. In a single file line, around the faded track, across the black asphalt. We marched with dignity. And we remember it like it was yesterday.

And that day is soon to be upon us, 90’s kids. With Halloween right around the corner, there is no better time for a trip down memory lane into October 31st nostalgia. This will take you right back to trick-or-treating in your Spice Girls costume and praying for full-sized candy bars from your neighbor with the biggest house. So here goes nothin’.

These are Our Top 10 Favorite Halloween Trends from the 90’s:

(Source: Mashable)

(Source: Mashable)

1. Watching a Halloween movie in class.

Doing real school work on Halloween? Ha! Think again. Everyone knows that school starts with wheeling in the oversized portable TV because Hocus Pocus is about to go down. Followed by the biggest, baddest class party you’ll ever attend…

(My brother in 4th grade at class party, 1997)

(My brother in 4th grade at class party, 1997)

2. A raging Halloween class party.

We’re talking homemade cupcakes with purple frosting, popcorn balls galore, and every soda you could ever dream of. Oh and one tray of celery that no one ever eats. There is absolutely no shortage of food coloring on Halloween. In fact, artificial flavoring is a requirement for all 90’s class parties, and that’s just how we like it.

(Me dressed as a witch in 1st grade Halloween parade, 1997)

(Me dressed as a witch in 1st grade Halloween parade, 1997)

3. The Halloween school parade.

If you’ve never walked around your elementary school’s track in your Halloween costume, then you’ve never really lived. There was nothing like marching to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” feeling like it’s your own personal soundtrack, while your parents take pictures from the sidelines.

(Source: Rusty Zipper)

(Source: Rusty Zipper)

4. Your teacher’s entire month of wearing gaudy Halloween accessories.

It begins on October 1st. Your teacher’s 1980’s holiday wardrobe collection kickstarts its annual rotation. Then each and every day, your teacher manages to wear some kind of gaudy reminder that Halloween is coming. We’re talking knitted cardigans with embroidered black cats, a variety of pumpkin broaches, and beaded ghost necklaces.

(Source: Officezilla)

(Source: Officezilla)

5. The disposable glove stuffed with popcorn and candy corn fingernails.

Oh, you know the one. We put hard work into making these gloves. You have to get the candy corn fingernails just right before putting in the popcorn or you’ll have to start over. And that technique is a skill learned over time. If you could master that before 5th grade, you had a bright future ahead of you.

(Source: Pumpkin Masters)

(Source: Pumpkin Masters)

6. Carving a legit pumpkin against all odds.

The good ol’ days of carving a classic Jack-o-Lantern with missing teeth and triangle eyes. Every 90’s kid knows it always starts with using the cheap plastic carving set that has never worked, then switching over to a butcher knife (with no parental supervision).

(Source: Over the Big Moon)

(Source: Over the Big Moon)

7. An extra large pillowcase full of candy.

Any trick-or-treating pro knows that an extra large pillowcase is the only way to guarantee that your candy bag doesn’t overflow. Because there’s no way we’re stopping down to run home for a candy drop-off mid Trick-or-Treat.

(Me and brothers at Pumpkin Patch week before Halloween, 1998)

(Me and brothers at Pumpkin Patch week before Halloween, 1998)

8. Wearing parts of your Halloween costume all week.

We are no strangers to planning our Halloween costumes months in advance. So when October hits, we can hardly wait to start wearing bits and pieces of our costumes leading up to the big reveal. That’s when you’ll catch us rocking snap-off track pants all week before Sporty Spice takes the town by storm.

(Trick-or-Treating with the neighborhood crew, 1999)

(Trick-or-Treating with the neighborhood crew, 1999)

9. A solid trick-or-treating strategy.

If you don’t go into trick-or-treating with a solid game plan, then what are you even doing here? Everyone knows you hit the big houses first, so they don’t run out of big candy bars. But when houses don’t have Halloween decorations up, it could be risky. And even worse, houses with no lights on. That’s when you have your younger sibling run up to the door, check for an unattended candy bowl, then yell down to the others. If you hear, “Keep going!” then it’s every man for himself.

(Source: SCPR)

(Source: SCPR)

10. Dumping out your candy on the living room floor.

No Halloween night is complete without sorting your entire loot of candy on the living room carpet. Then you know what to do from there. Let the trades begin. And if you end up with enough Kit Kats to last the whole week, then job well done, my friend.

So this Halloween, when kids are eating celery sticks, just remember that we came from a time when Sarah Jessica Parker was Sarah Sanderson before Carrie Bradshaw, food coloring was allowed at bake sales, and getting slimed was a real fear. But whatever you do, don’t look under the bed.

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