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Boo, Barbie: Let these dolled-up cosplayers inspire your Halloween costume

These Barbie cosplayers know the doll's impeccable fashion choices!

National Barbie Day 2022
Image credit: Cosplayers From Left To Right: aliceyuric, strawberry.cosplay (photography: overthebrookphoto), nikkililgrl (photography: rmegusta_photo), & lynx.nikita

Expect to hear a lot of "Hi, Barbie"s this Halloween.

Sure, it might be the spookiest time of year, but a lot of revelers are choosing pink over poltergeist as they hit the town dressed as the fictional character of 2023, Barbie. And you might just be one of them.

Whether you're pulling directly from the Greta Gerwig-directed, Margot Robbie-starring, Ryan Gosling-parading film or from Barbie's long history as a pop culture icon, these cosplayers know just how to capture the spirit of the doll in an outfit.

We hope they'll inspire your Halloween costume.

The One That Started It All

Every iconic toy has a beginning and this classic black and white swimsuit was just that for Barbie. Simple, but a moment that set this doll up for a lifetime of adoration.

At The Lake

While the 2000s gave the world low rise jeans, it also delivered major Barbie content in the way of movies like ‘Barbie of Swan Lake.’ Fans now had another way to take on Barbie’s looks and have flocked to the dreamy ways of ‘Swan Lake’ for almost 20 years now.

Holiday Must-Have

If there was one thing that made my day in the ‘90s it was walking down the Barbie aisle at Toys R’ Us and breathing heavily on the glass case that housed all the ones I could never afford, Holiday Barbie included. Barbie never failed to impress around that time of year, and apparently neither do the cosplayers who take on those one-of-a-kind looks like this one from 1994.

Strike a Pose

Simple yet effective because we all know just who this cosplayer is imitating with that pose in pink!

Her Main Squeeze

Despite shocking the world in 2004 with a breakup heard around the world, Barbie and Ken are a pair that’ll always be one of the most loved pairs in pop culture, so we couldn’t celebrate National Barbie Day without a side of Ken.

Princess Charm School Realness

If you’ve yet to look up the backstory to the Barbie character Blair Willows, do so now. It’s a wild ride set in pinks, purples, and blue.

Rock Out!

Some may argue that the true renaissance of Barbie was in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. She was truly doing the most during that time, like delivering hair, hair, hair in rocker looks like this one.

Popping Pauper

If there is a story we’ve seen done time and time again, it’s this one inspired by Mark Twain’s ‘The Prince and the Pauper.’ You take a rich person and a poor person who look the same and have them switch places, but Barbie fans will argue her version is the best.

Holly Jolly Time

If you wanted to be the standout at your next holiday party, this 1995 Holiday Barbie look would make it so.

Fun in the Sun

Once it became apparent that Barbie and pink would forever coincide together for all eternity, she just had to have a suit fit for the summer sun.

Sugar-Plum Goodness

Barbie wasn’t going to do a slew of movies and not to ‘The Nutcracker,’ and her fans weren’t going to let the looks from this one go unnoticed. So many have done cosplays based on this Barbie movie, and this is just one of many that are breathtaking.

Vacation Babes

We’re not sure if Barbie and Ken are still on the outs, but we love seeing them obviously enjoying one another’s company here.

Biker Barbie

There is 100% a Harley Davidson-inspired Barbie out there, but this look celebrates her more environmentally conscious mode of transportation.

More Lake Please

We told you Barbie fans go hard for her rendition of ‘Swan Lake,’ and we’re doing the same because just one look from this movie was not enough.

Elegant Holidays

This Holiday Barbie look from ‘96 was beyond decadent and we’re beyond impressed with how well this cosplayer executed it.

Simply Put

Not all of Barbie’s looks are elaborate. Some of the best ones come through in everyday fashion that she always manages to make look pristine like this cosplayer working it.

Tell Us a (Toy) Story

When ‘Toy Story’ dropped in ‘95 everyone wondered where Barbie was. Mattel swiftly got on board after seeing the success of the first, and Barbie was then a huge part of the sequel, and fans got a huge dose of Ken in the third installment. So yeah, Barbie and Ken's looks from the animated fan-favorite are aplenty but we couldn’t help but fall head over heels for this fun, campy pair.

Work It!

These dolls are ready for their workout!

Serving Poolside

This cosplayer combined Barbie’s initial look with a moment at the pool and we’re living for it.

Fairy Tales

Barbie Mariposa would be proud to see this cosplayer take on her winged look.

Let It Snow

With ‘Frozen’ dropping the same year as this Holiday Barbie, it’s hard to say who inspired who but all we know is this cosplayer truly captured the wonders of winter.

Barbie Girl

All we can say is, “Imagination, life is your creation.”

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