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The very best TODAY Halloween costumes through the years

Remember Jenna Bush Hager's "Cats" performance? Or Al Roker as Han Solo? We've got all of the crew's best looks going back to 2005.

TODAY's co-hosts love a good Halloween party!

Going all the way back to 2005, the TODAY team has been dressing up in an annual costume extravaganza like no other to celebrate the year's spookiest holiday.

Remember the year that Hoda Kotb dressed as Yoda? How about the time Savannah Guthrie went all-out '80s as pop singer Cyndi Lauper? Better yet, can you picture Al Roker as Superman? We can, because we have the pictures to prove it.

In fact, there have been so many inspired, original and darn funny TODAY show Halloween costumes through the years that we couldn't help but gather them all in one place for a look back at the best.

This amazing collection of pics features all your favorite co-hosts including Hoda, Savannah, Al, Jenna Bush Hager, Dylan Dreyer, Carson Daly, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Willie Geist, and Peter Alexander, along with past anchors Kathie Lee Gifford and Meredith Viera.

Whether you're hoping to find a quick costume idea for you and the family or just can't get enough of Halloween, you'll have a blast taking a trip back in time to see nearly two decades of TODAY show Halloween celebrations.

So throw on some spooky tunes and get ready to reminisce.


Viva Las Vegas! The TODAY team brought the energy of Sin City to the plaza in 2022, and it was a year to remember. All the co-hosts got into the Halloween spirit by channeling some of their favorite Vegas celebrities and performers.

Everyone showed up ready to take the stage, but Al really blew us all away as The Candy Man himself, Sammy Davis Jr.

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Then there was Jenna, who belted out "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" — while dressed as Celine Dion, of course.

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Craig Melvin got into the fighting spirit as legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

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Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker tied the knot (well, sort of) dressed up as celebrity couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, who really did get married in 2022 in — you guessed it! — Las Vegas.

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Adding a little magic to the day were Carson Daly and Dylan Dreyer as illusionists David Copperfield and Adelaide Herrmann.

Carson Daly and Dylan Dreyer as David Copperfield and assistant for the 2022 TODAY Halloween show.

Sheinelle, however, really gave everyone a run for their money. Not only did she dress the part as a showgirl, she also showed off her tap dancing skills — even though she hasn't taken lessons since she was a little girl.

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Talk about a high-flying act! Hoda and Savannah teamed up as Cirque du Soleil performers, and their faces say it all.

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Not only did Willie take the stage as the King of Rock 'n' Roll, but he officiated a wedding for a happy couple. It's Vegas, after all.

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These Halloween costumes were a total touchdown! 2021 was the year of "Football Fright in America" and everyone scored extra points wearing stadium-ready attire.

Jenna led a cheer on the plaza-turned-football field.

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What a crew! Hoda was fabulous as Carrie Underwood, who sings the "Sunday Night Football" theme song. Jenna and Savannah were Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, while Craig represented the opposing team as Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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The lights of Broadway were shining extra bright as TODAY anchors dressed up as their favorite stars.

Dressed as friends (and rivals) from "Wicked," Savannah and Hoda had us spellbound as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively.

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Al and Craig were not throwing away their shot! Al looked ready to host a tea party (then tax it, of course) as King George III, while Craig went as Alexander Hamilton himself.

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Talk about a purrfect performance! Jenna stole the show as Grizabella from "Cats."

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The TODAY anchors really played the part, busting a few moves as they showed off their costumes.

Hoda was stayin' alive while dressed as Tony Manero from "Saturday Night Fever."

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Now this is a story about how Al and Craig dressed up as Carlton Banks and Will Smith from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

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Let's just say that Carson and Savannah, who dressed as Danny and Sandy from "Grease," go together like "rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong."

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Nobody — and we mean nobody — puts Willie and Jenna in a corner. They really impressed us by recreating Baby and Johnny's final dance scene in "Dirty Dancing."

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The TODAY gang went all out bringing their favorite '80s music and movie icons to life.

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Willie dressed as the ultimate school-skipper, Ferris Bueller. Peter Alexander and Jenna clearly felt the need for speed when they dressed as Goose and Maverick from “Top Gun.” Foreshadowing the movie's second life, wouldn't ya say?

Kathie Lee and Carson both took the stage solo: She went as the Material Girl herself, and he went as New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.

Good morning, my neighbors! Craig took us right back to 1988 when "Coming to America" was released.

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Look at Savannah dressed up as '80s trendsetter Cyndi Lauper. See? Girls really do just want to have fun!

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Great Scott! Al and Dylan made the perfect duo as Doc and Marty McFly costumes from "Back to the Future."

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Sheinelle is simply the best (better than all the rest) as the legendary Tina Turner.

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Finally, Hoda was none other than Elton John. The feathers! The sparkly shades! All of it!

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The Opry took over TODAY! The anchors went full-on country in 2017.

Savannah was laying down how to fold 'em as the one and only Gamblin' Man, Kenny Rogers.

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Hoda hit the stage as "Voice" coach Blake Shelton. The question on our minds: Did anyone turn their red chair around?

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We hardly recognized Al dressed as country legend Willie Nelson.

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Here's something you don't see everyday: "Kenny Rogers" walking through the streets with "Billy Ray Cyrus," aka Carson in costume.

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The decade that brought us Beanie Babies, Tamagotchis and dial-up internet was the inspiration behind these '90s costumes.

Al went as Steve Urkel from the '90s sitcom "Family Matters."

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Hasta la vista, baby! Carson went all out as the Terminator and even rode a motorcycle, just like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Hoda and Kathie Lee cracked us up when they dressed as "Regis and Kathie Lee" hosts. But in an inspired twist, Kathie Lee swapped places with her former co-host.

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Charlie, TODAY's Puppy with a Purpose (a service dog in training), got his very own Halloween makeover as a real-life Beanie Baby. Awww.

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Good grief! The TODAY anchors went completely nuts, and we mean "Peanuts," when they dressed up as characters from the beloved Charlie Brown comic strip by Charles Schultz.

Carson was nearly unrecognizable as Linus and Savannah was adorable dressed up as Charlie Brown's starry-eyed sister, Sally.

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Hoda and Kathie Lee were spot-on with their Snoopy and Woodstock costumes. The only thing missing? The Red Baron.

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Live from TODAY, it was Saturday Night! The TODAY crew paid tribute to the iconic late-night comedy sketch show by dressing up as some of the SNL's most memorable characters.

Savannah, Jenna and Meredith recreated SNL's "Mom Jeans," a sketch that debuted way back in 2003. How time flies!

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Hoda and Kathie Lee went as Garth Algar and Wayne Campbell from "Wayne's World." Party on, Hoda and Kathie Lee, party on.

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Once again, TODAY anchors took a trip back in time. This time, they dressed up as characters from TV shows from days gone by.

"On your mark, get set and go now." Savannah was so sweet wearing this lookalike Laverne DeFazio costume from "Laverne and Shirley."

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Willie came to save the day (whoa, someone needs a razor ASAP) as the iconic "Baywatch" lifeguard Mitch Buchannon.

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Thumbs up to this one! Back in 2013, Carson teamed up with actor Erik Estrada to recreate the motorcycle-riding police duo, Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello from "CHiPs."

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Take a gander at Hoda and Kathie Lee, who went as the Flintstones, a modern, stone-age family. Well, technically only Kathie Lee was a Flintstone — Wilma to be exact. Hoda is dressed up as Wilma's ever-pragmatic neighbor, Betty Rubble.

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We pity the fool! Last, but certainly not least, check out Al as the incomparable Mr. T from "The A-Team."

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In 2012, the TODAY show put a pause on Halloween following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. But in 2011, the year before, things were positively royal. To celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, TODAY anchors dressed up in their British best.

We especially love Hoda and Kathie Lee dressed up as Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. Their fascinators were...well, fascinating.

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What an amazing transformation! Savannah really threw us for a loop when she showed up as Prince Charles, Britain's future king.

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Lucccccy? Lucy? Hoda was spot on as Lucy from the classic TV show along with Kathie Lee, who went as her neighbor and partner-in-crime, Ethel Mertz.

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Arriving just in the nick of time to save the world (or, at the very least, Halloween) Al came dressed as Superman.

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A long time ago at a plaza far, far away, there were a bunch of TODAY anchors who showed off their love of "Star Wars."

Thanks to a collaboration with Lucasfilm, the TODAY gang scored an intergalactic makeover, and we can’t help but get stars in our eyes just looking at these photos.

The force was undeniably strong with Hoda and Kathie Lee, aka Yoda and C-3PO.

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Al outfitted as rakish rebel, Han Solo, looked ready to board the Millennium Falcon and save the galaxy from Lord Vader.

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In 2008, the TODAY anchors got their happily-ever-after.

Kathie Lee and Hoda spent hours in the makeup chair to turn into The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. Oh, Grandmother, what fantastic costumes these were!

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It's the truth, we swear! Meredith was fantastic in this Pinocchio costume and Al as The Gingerbread Man.

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It truly was a Monster Mash in 2007.

We're postiviely batty for Al, who dressed up as Grandpa from "The Munsters."

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Aye Matey! What's a pirate's favorite letter? You'd think it's the "c," but it's really the arrrr. Corny dad jokes aside, Al's transformation into Davy Jones from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was nothing short of astonishing.

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Holy superheroes! Look at that Batmobile!

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Once again, the trophy goes to Al for this Batman costume back in 2005.