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80s Costumes: Party Ideas & 80s Halloween

80s costumes

Not sure what to wear to an 80s costume party or how to put together the perfect 80s Halloween costume? This is your guide to what to wear to an 80s party. The key to achieving the 80s look, regardless of the specific costume you choose, is excess. It was after all the decade of excess – the me decade, the greed decade. So don’t skimp or be weighed down or held back by your 90s and 00s sensibilities – go for it. Add the extra layer of blush or blue eyeliner, go for another spray with the Aqua Net, and pile on another couple of bracelets. Moderation is for other decades – there are no points for class, subtly or understatement. The 80s look is about color, volume, and abundance. Whether you choose the Like a Virgin, the Preppie, or the Let’s Get Physical, do it with flourish and abandonment. Choose from the 80's costume party ideas below or use them as inspiration and develop your own.  

Please let us know how it goes! Tell about your 80's costumes and by all means, send us your pictures. Click on the costume ideas below to get decked out to the max or look at the examples sent in by our site readers.

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80s Costumes:

Rubik’s Cube
Smurfs
80s Bride and Groom
The Mad Bomber from KABOOM!

80s Costumes for Women:

Let’s Get Physical
Like a Virgin / Madonna
The Preppy
Punk Rock Girl
Flashdance
Punky Brewster
Mall Rat
Blondie / Debbie Harry
Hey Mickey / Toni Basil
Prom Queen 1983
Joan Jett
Jem 
Simply Irresistible (Robert Palmer Video Girl)
Fatal Attraction (Alex Forrest)
Where's the Beef? (Wendy's Commercial Lady)
The Golden Girls
The Go-Go’s
Andie Walsh (Pretty in Pink)
Cyndi Lauper
Debbie Gibson
Creepy Twins (The Shining)

80s Costumes on Amazon:

Halloween Shop
Rubik’s Cube Costume
Smurfs Costumes
Madonna Costumes
Jem Costumes
Karate Kid Costumes
Michael Jackson
Mullet Costumes

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80s Costumes For Men:

Robert Smith of The Cure
Karate Kid
Michael Jackson
Boy George / Marilyn
Breakdancer
Metal Head / Axl Rose
Twisted Sister / Dee Snider
Devo (great as a group costume too!)
Flock of Seagulls
Mullet Man
Miami Vice
Preppie/Yuppie - Val Dude
The John Bender (Breakfast Club)
Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
Danny Noonan (Caddyshack)
Lane Meyer (Better Off Dead)
Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe (site reader submitted!)
Ronald Reagan
Marty McFly (Back to the Future)
Bluto (Animal House)
Chris Knight (Real Genius)
Stiles (Teen Wolf)
Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China)
Milli Vanilli
B.A. Baracas (A Team)
Ralphie (A Christmas Story)
Wham!
Cousin Eddie (National Lampoon’s Vacation)
Magnum, P.I.
Farmer Ted (Sixteen Candles)
Adam Ant
Rambo
Snake Plissken (Escape from New York)
Duckie Dale (Pretty in Pink)
Bernie Lomax (Weekend at Bernie's)
Jack Torrance (The Shining)
80s Bathrobe Look
Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything)
Louis Scully (Ghostbusters)

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