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Retro Halloween Costumes for Adults The 1980s

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 0 1

If You Loved the 80's, You Are Going to Love These 1980's Inspired Halloween Costumes

If you have fond memories of Madonna‘s “Border Line“, Michael Jackson’s mega album “Thriller”, did a “Rebel Yell” like Billy Idol or loved the pop metal of Bon Jovi, then a retro Halloween costume from the 1980’s would be the perfect look for you.

The fashions of the 1980s has yet to be repeated…and probably with good reason! Neon colors, broad shoulders, fringed leather jackets, acid washed jeans, and big hair-the bigger the better! Retro Halloween costumes for adults from the 1980s revisit those fashion faux pas, but only for a night!

1980's Retro Halloween Costumes

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Here are some ideas for 1980’s inspired costumes for Halloween for men and women.

The Madonna Look

1980s Madonna Retro Halloween Costume
Who remembers Madonna rolling around on stage in a white wedding gown singing “Like a Virgin”? If you loved the look you can get it with this replica of the bridal wear. There is a long version and a short version of the gown. Add bright red lipstick and you are good to go!

If you do not want to dress as a bride, then you can go for the Madonna “Boy Toy” look that established her look in the 1980s. Pair it up with fishnet gloves that reach the wrist or go up to the elbow, fishnet anklets and pumps to complete the look. Don’t forget to add the hair bow!

Michael Jackson

1980s Michale Jackson Halloween Costume
For men, Michael Jackson makes the perfect 1980’s retro Halloween costume. There are several different looks from which to choose. First, there is the black jacket with gold braids and black pants. Or you can choose the red jacket and black pants. Or try the more casual “Beat It” look with black pants, a white tee shirt and a leather jackets. No retro Michael Jackson costume would be complete without his signature sequined gloves, sparkle socks, and black fedora!

The Cindi Lauper Look

1980s Cindi Lauper Halloween Costume
Girls just wanna have fun, and Cindi Lauper had fun with her unusual mix of crazy hair and fashion in the 1980s. To replicate this retro look, there are Halloween costumes that pay homage her sense of style. Don’t forget to add the multi-color wig!

Heavy Metal Retro Halloween Costumes

1980s Mens Heavy Metal Halloween Costume
Heavy metal and pop metal were the rage in the 1980s. Bands like Bon Jovi, Quiet Riot, Metallica, and the resurgence of Kiss were on MTV around the clock, and even had their own show “Headbangers Ball”. Relive those glory days when men wore more hair spray than women with this 1980’s rock star Halloween costume.

If you do not want to buy the entire costume, you can purchase the pants separately and add your own tee shirt.

For the ladies of rock, there are retro 1980s costumes for you. Women were mainly eye candy in those MTV videos of days gone by, but rockers like Lita Ford and Vixen were front and center. They had their own rock style, and these costumes replicate that style of dress.

Punk Rock Retro Halloween Costumes

Punk rock was also on the airwaves in the 1980s. Spiky hair and black

1980s Retro Punk Halloween Costume
boots complete the outfit for a look that flashes back in time.

Wearing a retro Halloween costume from the 1980’s is a sure fire way to get the party started!

Madonna Diva Costume

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Jun 1, 2011 6:24pm
I think it would be a blast to dress up as Cindi Lauper for Halloween!
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