Hit the 2000s 1 More Time With These Nostalgic Halloween Costume Ideas
If the early 2000s had to be described in two words, they would have to be “so raven.” They were the years when boy bands captured the hearts of choker-wearing tween girls, pop princesses ruled Hollywood with bared midriffs, and Disney Channel original movies were the peak of television greatness – so, millennial and Gen Z costume ideas are ripe for the picking! Here are some incredible costumes inspired by the new millennium. If you can manage to choose a favorite from this fun-filled list, any 20-something who experienced life from 2000 to 2010 will love your nostalgic costume choice! Put down your Motorola Razr and check out these blasts from the past.
– Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes
Princess Tiana: The Inspiration
The Princess and the Frog is such a sweet Disney movie, and Princess Tiana steals our hearts.
Monica Wright: The Inspiration
Monica and Quincy’s love story from Love & Basketball is a nostalgic favorite.
Aaliyah: The Inspiration
Aaliyah was a true testament to the early 2000s, and her look in the “Try Me” music video was one we can’t get over.
Isis: The Inspiration
Isis is a motivated leader who is determined to beat the Toros in the original Bring It On. Ultimately, she does, coming to a place of mutual respect and admiration with their captain, Torrance.
Sharpay Evans: The Inspiration
High School Musical star and East High drama club president Sharpay Evans is always dressed in a flashy getup – it suits her personality!
Whether Pokemon the Movie 2000 introduced you to Pokemon, or another avenue like the trading card game or its Cartoon Network TV show, Pokemon will never go out of style.
Spongebob Squarepants: The Inspiration
The chipper sponge from Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants wore the same outfit every day: a red tie, white collared shirt, brown pants, and a pair of striped knee-high socks.
Margot Tenenbaum: The Inspiration
While any Wes Anderson film makes for great costume inspiration, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums is one of the absolute best.
Mean Girls: The Inspiration
There might be some jealous burn book entries when your friends see your totally fetch Mean Girls costume!
Mia Thermopolis: The Inspiration
No matter what phase of Mia’s makeover in The Princess Diaries you decide to replicate, your costume is sure to be a royal hit.
The Cheetah Girls: The Inspiration
This Disney Channel movie series made every girl want to be “cheetalicious” in the early 2000s.
J Lo: The Inspiration
Before J Lo became the glam goddess she is today, her famous booty was the icon of Juicy sweats.
Lizzie McGuire: The Inspiration
Hilary Duff’s representation of this wild-haired tween inspired many girls to crimp their locks.
Britney Spears: The Inspiration
Britney Spears’s most iconic outfits were those worn in her ” . . . Baby One More Time” and “Oops! . . . I Did It Again” videos.
Lara Croft: The Inspiration
Angelina Jolie used her tough-girl qualities to play a perfect Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.
Penny Proud: The Inspiration
Disney Channel cartoon The Proud Family featured many fun characters, but protagonist Penny is the most memorable.
Totally Spies: The Inspiration
Every early 2000s girl wanted to be a chic spy thanks to Totally Spies‘ grown-up take on the Powerpuff Girls.
Avril Lavigne: The Inspiration
Long before she married a Nickelback frontman, Avril Lavigne was just an angst-ridden teen from Canada.
Coyote Ugly: The Inspiration
After watching Coyote Ugly, many 2000s teens considered bartending as a career.
The Dancing Lobsters (From The Amanda Show): The Inspiration
When she played Judge Trudy on her namesake variety show, Amanda Bynes ended her courtroom cases with dancing lobsters.
Raven Baxter: The Inspiration
It’s the future we can see . . . and we are having visions of many awesome Raven costumes!
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: The Inspiration
The feisty female lead in this cartoon has a very distinctive hairstyle, along with an uncharacteristically cheery outfit.
Britney and Xtina: The Inspiration
During their naughty phases, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera turned heads in these iconic outfits.
Meg: The Inspiration
Though Family Guy is still on the air, Meg was definitely an early 2000s TV staple.
Crazy in Love Beyoncé: The Inspiration
After ’90s power group Destiny’s Child parted ways, Beyoncé began her reign as Queen Bey with “Crazy in Love.”
Paris and Nicole: The Inspiration
The “hottest,” sassiest, and most iconic reality TV duo of the new millennium was definitely Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
Eliza Thornberry: The Inspiration
Eliza’s role in The Wild Thornberrys may have been talking to animals, but you can start conversations with fellow Halloween partygoers by dressing like her!
S Club 7: The Inspiration
You can start the S Club Party by dressing as this British pop group for Halloween!
Raven: The Inspiration
This goth member of the Teen Titans makes an amazing costume for a spooky holiday.
Kim Possible: The Inspiration
When people see your envy-inducing costume, they might start calling and beeping you to ask where you found it!
Dexter and Dee Dee: The Inspiration
Dexter’s Lab was one of the top cartoons from the early 2000s, so why not build a themed costume in your own laboratory?
Go Go: The Inspiration
This fierce fighter from Kill Bill: Volume 1 steals the show with her impressive weaponry and intimidating demeanor.
Elle Woods: The Inspiration
With her all-pink ensembles, cute little dog, and spunky personality, Legally Blonde‘s Elle Woods makes the perfect girlie costume inspiration.