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27 Halloween costume ideas Generation Z just won’t understand – A N I T H
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27 Halloween costume ideas Generation Z just won’t understand

27 Halloween costume ideas Generation Z just won’t understand


Millennials may be one of the biggest generations (and most scrutinized), but there’s a large demographic rising behind them – Generation Z.  

The iGeneration, sounds straight out of a War of the Worlds movie, are generally not talked about, but are ahead of the game in technology and new lingo to fast to catch up on.

There are plenty of cultural references and trends the young generation will never understand, or be apart of, and boy, does that make us feel old.

So, here are a few costume ideas that will trip up anyone born in the early 2000s. 

Prehistoric Technology

Gen-Z aren’t going to remember a time without the iPhone or DVR. So, dressing like rotary phones, VHS or a walkman will throw them off completely. What do you mean no wifi?

Rotary Phone

Sailor Moon VHS Tape 

First-Generation iPod Nano

Television shows not owned by Netflix, Hulu or Amazon 

Some of these shows might be playing on Netflix, but before the streaming service, we actually watched shows on television…in real time. *gasp*

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

Zack Morris & Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell

Kenan & Kel in Good Burger 

The beginning of social media 

Before Instagram and Snapchat, or even Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook, older generations had to deal with dial-ups and one instant messaging tool. While some things still exist, (how are you holding up Myspace?) there’s ways to pay tribute to the fallen ones. RIP AIM

Tom from My Space

AIM chatroom

Windows 95 Dial Up

The first content creators 

While the younger generation is looking at Youtubers and beauty influencers to idolize, here’s your chance to dress like the first game changers. There are so many singers, athletes and even reality stars that will make them go, ‘Who are you suppose to be?’

1980s Madonna

1998 Gwen Stefani

Freddie Mercury (not Rami Malek)

’90s Cartoons 

Before cartoons like Rick & Morty, Bob’s Burgers and Stephen Universe there were shows like Beavis & Butthead. The young generation aren’t going to understand the dark humor references or join in on the sing along to the Rugrats theme song.

Beavis & Butthead 

Rugrats characters

Captain Planet characters

Before fidget spinners…

Kids were hiding their gameboys and tamagotchis in school. Although tamagotchis are making a comeback, the costumes are just going to have to explain why its still damn good idea. 

Tamagotchis

Troll Dolls

Jumanji boardgame 

Old memes before memes were a thing

We can’t get enough of Salt Bae, Mocking Spongebob, and White Guy Blinking, but there are old memes out there before social media even existed. 

Keyboard Cat 

Peanut Butter Jelly Time Banana

Chuck Norris

Original movies, not the remakes

Before Pennywise was breaking the movie box office and Chris Pratt was gracing the screen with dinosaur science-experimented sequels, older generations had television mini series and original movies. Don’t let the young generation undermine the original inspirations behind these popular hits. 

IT from the 1990 television mini series

Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler from the 1993 Jurassic Park

Willy Wonka from the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Pop culture fashion trends 

Put away your dad hats and millennial pink attire for this group. They won’t understand the fashion choices of the early ’90s and 2000s and would probably just avoid your clothing habits even after Halloween. 

Popcorn Shirts

All Denim Look (inspired by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake)

Oversized, silk clothing (inspired by TLC’s ‘Creep’ music video)

So, continue to puzzle the younger generation just as much as they confuse you 365 days of the year. 



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