If you have a sweet tooth, Halloween is all about candy corn and miniature Snickers. If you’re a kid—or were once a kid—Halloween is all about the candy, yes, but it’s equally, if not more so, about what you’ll wear while receiving the aforementioned candy.
Trick-or-treating is no fun unless you can do it as someone other than you. Most years are unremarkable in that you can always find the basic princesses and superheroes trolling the neighborhood for sugar, but those same years are also remarkable when a certain costume or theme stands apart, usually based on trends in pop culture.
Inspired by the blog Personal Creations's infographic of the most popular costumes from the past 25 years, we've put together some of the most iconic looks.
Illustrations by Alex Coward