The nostalgia wave for the 1990s is riding high, and with an endless amount of reboots, cool merch and other throwbacks to the 90s being released every day, it’s no wonder 90s kids get a kick out of looking back at this totally memorable decade. If you’re ready for 50 pictures that will have you breaking out your Lisa Frank notebooks to hunt for old Gameboy codes, read on and dive into the past!
Tamagotchis took the world by storm in 1997 and their continued existence (through an app and yes, a reproduction of the original) is a testament to how much we loved these things in the 90s. Tamagotchis game in plenty of colors and animal types, but they all boiled down to the simple pleasure of feeding and caring for little pets that fit in your pocket.
These handheld virtual pets so much in vogue on the school playground that it wasn't uncommon to see bundles of Tamagotchi dangling from the keychains of the coolest kids!
Who doesn't remember huddling around the original Gameboy as a child? Gameboys took the world of gaming to a completely new level by giving kids the freedom to play games wherever they wanted.
No more begging dad to let you play Nintendo; just pop some (pricey) AA batteries into the back, curl up in your bunk bed, and start gaming. While the battery life on early Gameboys was notoriously bad, not even quick-draining AAs could stop kids from relishing the newfound freedoms of the Gameboy.
People born after the 90s would be surprised to learn that PC gamers did exist in the 90s--albeit you had to literally be in the same room as your friends in order to play most multiplayer PC games.
Group PC gaming was a heady combination of parent's basements, mini-fridges stocked with mountain dew, and plenty of 90s-era chips and snacks to tide you over while you waited for the dial-up to connect.
Admit it: you can still feel the way that these squishy buttons felt under your thumbs when you pushed them! Water ring toss games weren't exactly at the top of any 90s kid's Christmas lists, but somehow you always found yourself playing one of these on a long car ride or while waiting out the adult's Christmas party in your aunt's basement.
There was something strangely satisfying about the way the rings gurgled up whenever you pushed a button, even if winning the game wasn't exactly a thrill.
"Pick a color... B-L-U-E... okay now pick a number." Every 90s kid loved hearing these prophetic words which were the precursor to finding out who you would marry--or whatever fortunes your classmate happened to come up with while doodling in their Lisa Frank notebook.
90s kids didn't have the luxury of being able to look up YouTube videos of how to make these, either: the instructions were the stuff of lore, passed down from kid to kid like a sacred text that was not to be taken lightly.
Blank VHS Tapes
"Do we have any blank VHS tapes left?" It might seem hard to grasp in today's world of unending storage, but blank VHS tapes were a hot commodity in any 90s family household. Blank tapes held the key to watching--and rewatching--your favorite shows, movies, or even special episodes.
Some families amassed enormous collections of films and TV stored on blank VHS tapes, kept organized with handwritten labels that would let you know what treasures lay inside. Woe to anyone who made the mistake of recording over a favorite movie or TV show!
90s Cell Phones
Ah, the 90s cell phone. They didn't have many features. They weren't particularly nice to look at. But they were the first foray that many people had into the realm of being able to talk to people wherever and whenever you wanted.
Best of all, these later 90s models were much more pocket-sized than the enormous clunkers that came before them and most of them could came with very limited ringtone technology. Sure, an 8-bit version of Hit Me Baby One More Time doesn't sound the greatest now, but in the 90s it was a ticket to a cooler, hip way to communicate.
Stick on Earrings
Every girl had them--or wanted them. Stick on earrings, especially that iconic monthly chart that somehow always reminded us of Lucky Charms cereal shapes, were all the rage for 90s girls who weren't allowed to get their ears pierced but still wanted to decorate their ear lobes with something shiny.
Stick on earrings came in pretty colors and neat shapes, but as any 90s girl knows, they rarely stuck on your ears for very long. Dipping into the next day's stick-on earring stash was a requirement if you didn't want to spend the rest of your school day with bare ears!
High Platform Sandals
The higher the sandal, the closer to heaven--right? For some reason we were obsessed with massive platforms in the 90s, and sandals were no exception to this trend.
They weren't practical, but they made you tower over all your friends (and the boys in the class) so the occasional slip-and-fall was well worth the benefits of strapping these enormously high sandals on your feet. If you were particularly hip, you could show off your brand new anklets and brightly painted toenails when you wore them!
The teeth of 90s children may have suffered from all the bubble gum we ingested in that decade but oh, was it worth it. 90s gum ran the gamut from chalky strips of Bubble Tape to tasteless pieces of Bazooka that you only bought for the comic strips inside;
all the way to break-your-teeth pieces of Dubble Bubble and the iconic deception of Fruit Stripes, which started off as a fruity flavor explosion that turned to chewing pure nothingness in 5 seconds flat.
Polaroid cameras were essential for anyone growing up in the 90s; after all, how else were we supposed to decorate our vanities and carefully made scrapbooks? Polaroid cameras let you take a picture and print it out immediately, eliminating the need to wait--ugh!--days for your photo prints to get developed at a lab.
And since film was pretty pricey, you might spend hours planning out exactly how you were going to use up your precious roll, whether it was with experimental art photography or the perfect group selfie with your besties.
Magic Eye Books
The longer you stared, the more you might see. Or not see. If you were one of the lucky few kids who could actually create a picture by squinting just-right at a Magic Eye book, then congratulations! You had a 90s experience that many other 90s kids would envy.
These magic eye picture books were the star of many classroom libraries, and they were so popular that even popular brands (like Disney and, yes, Space Jam) joined the mix with their own releases.
90s Triangle Sunglasses
This trend was the love-child between 80s and 90s fashion. They were the perfect combination of out there 80s style with hip, urban trends that dominated the 1990s. These types of shades went perfectly with colorful neon outfits, especially if you happened to be cruising the mall at the same time.
Oddly enough, these dramatic 90s sunglasses styles are starting to come back into style--minus the dayglow neon colors, though!
Read a book? Get a McDonalds gift certificate. Christmas present from an aunt who doesn't see you much? Get a McDonalds gift certificate. These gift certificates were a way that teachers and distant family members could get you something kids were guaranteed to love: the opportunity to stuff your face with a Happy Meal and chocolate milk shake.
These certificates stopped showing up in the 00s, and nowadays gift cards are sadly digital.
The 90s was a revolution in the portable music industry, and the Walkman was the device that started it all. You could play cassette tapes on these tiny players and hook them up to headphones for easy listening on the go.
Walkmans let you listen to your music privately, so no more worrying about mom and dad screaming at you to turn it down! The Walkman also inspired an entire generation to listen to sad music while staring out the window presenting they were in a music video, a tradition which carries over to this day, albeit with smart phones!
Did you love keychains? Did you love super soakers? Then you probably begged your parents to buy you a keychain super soaker that let you carry around enough watery ammo to soak at least one sibling's math homework on a god day.
These tiny little super soakers were perfect for showing off your love for super soakers in a tiny, keyring-sized package.
Russian 90s kids unite! The Dendy was a Taiwanese mimic of the Nintendo Game System. Since no official ports of Nintendo or its games were ever released in Russia, it became a top-seller there.
It is estimated that more than one million Dendy units were sold in Russia, easily earning it the top spot as most popular game system sold there during the 90s.
Movie Time at School
There is no thrill on Earth that can compare to the feeling you got when you walked into your classroom and saw the TV waiting for you in all its majestic glory. Sometimes the VHS tape would already be waiting on the metal stand, other times you would have to wait until your teacher walked in to reveal what you would be watching that day.
Voyage of the Mimi? Bill Nye the Science Guy? Or, dare you hope, Reading Rainbow? No matter what you watched, it was a welcome respite from an otherwise boring school day.
Rear Door Ashtrays
90s kids had a unique brand of games to keep them occupied on long car rides. And no, we're not talking Game Boys: we're talking those oh-so-special rear door ashtrays found in older cars from the 70s and 80s. Sometimes it was enough just to run your fingers along each crevice, while other times you might be lucky enough to have an action figure on hand so they could pretend it was a bottomless pit.
It was almost ridiculously fun to meddle with these while you were driving, just so long as you didn't stick your fingers in and find an unwelcome ashy surprise.
Multicolor pens were all the rage in the 90s, along with dozens of other types of pens that formed the basis of sometimes bloodthirsty pen trades on the playground. Multicolor pens let you pick which color you wanted to use with a satisfying "click."
The ink was never very vibrant and teachers would eventually yell at you for changing your ink color every other word, but the clout of owning one of these babies was alone worth the faint ink and occasional reprimands from your teacher.
90s Girl Mullets
Why did parents keep giving 90s girls weird top mullets? To this day, no one knows the answer. Yet there is hardly any 90s girl who can go through her photo album and not find at least one unfortunate mullet-based haircut in her earliest school years.
These awful styles were reminiscent of something that might happen if you took the scissors to your own hair, but no: parents actually paid for these haircuts!
Internet Button on Mobile Phone
It seemed that any time you tried to text someone using the first few letters in the alphabet--or heaven forbid, tried to call them--you would find yourself accidentally pressing the internet button on your cell phone.
Those horrible seconds spent rapidly pressing "end" dragged on in slow motion, like a near-death experience. If you were lucky, your parents never found out. If you weren't... well. Let's just say you wouldn't be tiring your fingers out texting your friends anytime soon.
Did owning a Slinky even count if you didn't get it all tangled up? Plastic Slinkies were especially notorious for getting tangled, no matter how hard you tried to keep them nice and springy. And naturally, plastic Slinkies were the ones everyone coveted due to their shiny patterns and colors that you couldn't find with standard metal Slinkies.
Of course, considering that standard metal Slinkies rarely tangled up in the same way, it was the boring standard Slinkie that had the last laugh.
In retrospect, the plot of Alf is a little--well, strange. An alien from outer space is hiding out with a suburban family because he knows if the government catches him, he'll be subject to awful experiments and likely dissected so they can find out more about him.
Yet in front of that admittedly dark premise was a silly character that either terrified the daylights out of you or inspired you to embrace your inner Alf.
No one was happier than a kid who received a Nintendo on Christmas morning. Nintendos were one of the forerunners of the at-home gaming industry, and while later game offerings like Sega and later the PlayStation had a lot to offer 90s games, there’s no denying that the Nintendo was the system that started it all.
If you weren’t lucky enough to have your own system, there was always your best friend—or at least, closest neighbor—who would let you take turns on his controller!
Starfox was one of the most popular Nintendo games of all time. It sold a whopping 4 million companies, which was the equivalent of a massive game blockbuster back in the 90s.
Whether you had a copy of your own or you went over to a friend's to watch them play (and tell their mom to make them give you a turn) you were sure to enjoy this unique and highly popular Nintendo game.
Slime is making a comeback, but there's nothing out today that matches the consistency, thrill and sliminess that was 1990s slime. This stuff had a wet texture that somehow never left liquid residue on your fingers, all while retaining enough goopiness to make you feel like you were playing around with something that should leave a mess.
Green was the most popular color, but blue and black slime went perfectly well with an afternoon of squishy slime fun too.
You're bored. You're on a computer. You sit, transfixed, as the screen takes you on a maze with no apparent end. You are watching the coolest screensaver from the 90s: the brick Windows screensaver maze. The maze was cool and, if we're honest, just a bit frightening to watch.
It always felt like a monster should be right around the corner, even if all you ever found were bricks, bricks and more bricks.
Tetris is from the 80s, but as any 90s kid will tell you, 80s leftovers were fresh meat to kids growing up in the next decade! Tetris was as addicting as it was difficult, especially if you were playing a handheld version that made it difficult to plan ahead.
No matter how you played Tetris, one thing is for sure: the feeling of slow building dread as you realize you blocked yourself in with no way to eliminate rows before the blocks reach the top and doom you to Game Over.
Velcro Paddle Ball
Did anyone ever actually buy Velcro paddle ball sets or did all parents and distant uncles simply have them stashed for days when they wanted you out of their hair? Velcro Paddle Balls let you strap on a Velcro shield to your hand, while the ball itself was wrapped in neon-pink Velcro material that would stick to your shield if it made contact.
It was a strange combination of "catch" and the 90s fascination with Velcro that made for a bland, if mildly enjoyable, afternoon.
America's Funniest Home Videos
The idea of watching compilation footage is not a YouTube phenomenon. 90s kids will recall sitting down to watch American's Funniest Home Videos every week--same time, same day--in order to see some of the most outlandish home videos submitted by families who didn't seem to mind embarrassing themselves on national television.
Falling and getting hit in sensitive areas were the name of the game, but there were plenty of hilarious moments of sassy kids, silly pets, and everything else that is now the crux of the YouTube video industry.
Solitaire on a Windows computer rarely got booted up, except when you were waiting for your mom or older brother to get off the phone so you could use the internet.
When you did play, you were faced with the ultimate test: Which solitaire cover do you choose? The Spooky Castle was an obvious choice for anyone with a penchant for the dark side, but the sunny beach and cute fish were also popular options.
Who needed play sets when you had this amazing town rug featuring everything you need to make grand adventures set in a seemingly peaceful town? This is another 90s item that just seemed to find its way into your bedrooms, doctor's waiting offices, and kid's playrooms at grandma's house.
Kids would enjoy zooming cars around the carefully marked roadways, complete with roundabout circling a water fountain, while making the occasional pit stop to pass the time.
There were two types of 90s kids: those who used regular pencils and those who used mechanical pencils. Mechanical pencils came with a refillable cartridge which you would have to refill once the lead stick wore out.
You also had to make sure you picked the right size cartridge, or your refills might not fit. Mechanical pencils required a certain patience and lighter writing style that did not always come easy to 90s kids.
The instant gratification of the modern camera is a truly sobering look at just how far camera technology has come in 2 decades. In the 90s, if you wanted to see how your photos turned out, you were stuck waiting a few days for your photos to be developed.
Opening up a pack of newly developed photos always created a mixture of interest, excitement and genuine fear that your photos turned out awful.
Cassette Insert Lyrics
Cassette tape inserts were the "google + lyrics" of their day. When you wanted to know the lyrics to your favorite song, or a brand new song on a band's album, you had to carefully unfold the insert included with the tape.
Then, because the print was so astronomically small, you would either have to press your face up against the text and hope for the best--or break out the magnifying glasses!
Cleaning the Mouse Ball
Modern kids won't know the strange satisfaction of cleaning the mouse ball, and there's something a bit sad about that! Computer mouses in the 1990s featured tracking balls on the bottom, which were used to navigate the mouse around a mouse pad.
Regular use meant your mouse would get bits of dust, hair and even plastic wrapped up on it; so once in a while you were tasked with cleaning out the mouse ball to get it working in top shape again.
Brown Alarm Clocks
It's a fact of life: every dad to a 90s kid had this alarm clock. Doesn't matter what his job was or where you lived, you knew that this alarm clock would be the one gracing your parent's bedtime stands.
They weren't exactly the most complex pieces of equipment, yet somehow your dad or mom would always know when you got bored and pushed a few buttons here and there.
CD Mix Tapes
Before Spotify and other playlist platforms, there was only this: burning your own carefully curated CDs and writing down the track lists (and sometimes more) on the front.
In Sharpie marker, of course! CD Mix tapes required an intense amount of personal thought, since you wanted to give the recipient of the mix tape just the right impression of you and the circumstances at hand. The wrong song could ruin you--while the right song could have them bopping along.
No-Internet Computer Games
Not every 90s kids had access to the internet, whether it was due to parents not being willing to cover the rather expensive cost or because they lived in an area with no solid internet connections.
Whatever the reason, there was one thing that 90s kids could do on the computer with no internet: play free games! Minesweeper, 3d Pinball Space Cadet and Solitaire were the games of choice for many kids; but artistically inclined kids took to creating masterpieces on MS paint instead.
School Library Checkout Card
Who didn't love opening up a library book and seeing who checked it out before you? Library books used to require you to sign up on a check-out sheet permanently adhere to the inside of the book.
This was a way to keep track of who checked out each book, when they checked it out, and when it was due back. For kids, though, the real enjoyment came from the names themselves: for instance, you would jump for joy if the names of your best friends even your crush appeared on the card!
McDonalds doesn't make Onion Nuggets anymore, and they probably never will again. But anyone who was lucky enough to enjoy this short-lived promotional item from McDonalds in the 1990s knows just how tasty they were!
McDonalds discontinued this item after it did poorly on broad sales, but we will always look back fondly on the onion bites that went so well with McDonalds brand BBQ sauce.
McDonalds Styrofoam Containers
Modern McDonalds packaging leaves less of an economic footprint, but who doesn't look back fondly on the McDonalds packaging of yesteryear? In the 90s, Styrofoam was big, big, big; and McDonalds was no exception!
McDonalds Styrofoam packaging let you easily tell which item was which, while keeping the meal warm inside long enough for you to get home and eat.
Pizza Hut Old Deign
Pizza Hut used to look like a very different place. If you think about Pizza Hut visits from your childhood, you're thinking of the old Pizza Hut: a beige, casual homage that combined the food quality of a local pizza joint with the class of a local restaurant.
Guests would have to wait to be seated, and they would need to clear it with waitresses if they wanted to hit up the sweet, sweet Pizza Hut buffet.
Ghostbusters Slimer Toothpaste
With all of the sugary drinks and snacks eaten in the 1990s, it's no wonder that 90s kids aren't all lacking full sets! Then again, maybe the Ghostbusters Slimer toothpaste had something to do with it.
This Ghostbusters-brand toothpaste was perfect for fighting evil ghosts... and cavities. It came in a tube featuring Slimer in a basic design, while the toothpaste itself was a green, slime consistency sure to appeal to kids who love the movies.
It wasn't enough to own a landline in the 90s; you wanted your phone to stand out in the best way possible. One way you could do that was through novelty phones, which were designed to look like carton or movie characters.
Popular choice included Mickey Mouse and Garfiled, two of the most popular characters in the world at the time. The phones were perfectly functional, too: some even came with special features such as built-in answering machines.
Buttons, buttons--and more buttons! The 90s was like an explosion of decorative buttons, ranging from official (and unofficial) movie characters to quotes to sport teams and everything in between. It was very popular to wear these buttons on vests and jackets for a time, or display them on a corkboard for visiting friends and family to see.
Buttons were essentially badges of honor, letting the world see your personality and interests stuck to your sleeve--or shirt, or vest, as the case may be!
Got Milk? These ads were everywhere in the 90s, and we do mean everywhere! It was impossible to turn the corner in a big city and go a few more blocks without seeing a Got Milk? commercial of some kid.
A shocking amount of celebrities participated in this campaign, making it one of the most popular--and pricey--ad campaigns from this era.
A Current Affair
Before TMZ and the constant bombardment of celebrity, social and political news, there were programs like A Current Affair to fill people in regarding current events and a host of other topics.
This program was risqué by 90s standards, since it wasn’t afraid to showcase grittier aspects of crime scenes or feature stories that included mistresses and not-quite-ex-wives. 90s kids who were interested in true come no doubt got a kick or two out of A Current Affair.
90s Bull Cut
If there is one take away that boys learned from the 90s, it’s this: stay away from the bowl cut! For whatever reason, this type of bowl cut was incredibly prominent in elementary schools, middle schools and even high schools!
It didn’t matter that it looked like your mom cut your hair in the dark or that it would inevitably grow in strange due to the shaving pattern. All that mattered was their sons thought—keyword; thought!—they looked good.
"Do you have change for a pay phone?" Gone are the days when you would always have to have change in your pocket, just in case you needed to call home on a pay phone. Pay phone booths were either oddly comforting or completely scary depending on the time of day.
They were even the subject of countless urban legends, such as myths that drug dealers would stick used needles inside the coin slot in order to infect unwitting pay phone users trying to call for a ride home. Today, pay phones are obsolete--but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy thinking back to a time when you had your own private booth to call home.
Wrestle Buddies were THE plush toy of the 90s, and you--and your siblings--no doubt amassed a massive collection of these Buddies in an attempt to be the true leaders of the wrestling ring. These Wrestling Buddies were perfect for tackling or, if your siblings were driving you crazy, chucking at their heads before mom or dad could see.
Quite a few of these go for a pricey sum on eBay, so if you've been hoarding your Wrestling Buddies in your childhood home for years, maybe now is the time to bring them back out for one last match.
McDonalds Halloween Buckets
In the 90s, choosing your candy bucket for Halloween was just as important as your costume. 90s kids didn't rely on pillowcases or shopping bags. The most popular buckets from the 90s were these sets from McDonalds, which could only be purchased with a Happy Meal.
Once you had sucked down the last sip of soda and dipped your last fry in ketchup, mom would rinse these buckets out and set them aside for Halloween. If you were lucky enough to get the pumpkin bucket--aka, the coolest bucket!--you would definitely be a hit on October 31st.
Ring Pop Mysteries
Ring Pops were one of the bestselling candies of the 1990s. After all, who doesn't love wearing jewelry on their finger that they can eat? Ring Pop Mysteries were the "blind bag" of the 90s era, but instead of getting a random figurine to stick up on your shelf, you could get a mysterious flavor that would either be your absolutely favorite... or a weird blended flavor that you couldn't pin down.
Many playground arguments were had over these mystery flavors, and to this day we're still not sure what some of them really were!
Playskool Cassette Players
Before 90s kids were all carrying around their own Walkman’s, they carried around Playskool Cassette Players. These radios were small cassette players that could be used to play your favorite Disney books on tape or, if you were lucky, a cassette that mom and dad let you borrow.
They could even record via a microphone, so you got to practice your singing skills--or start up a "pop band" with your besties, recording your songs in the privacy of your bedroom with the door shut.
Any 90s kid knows that Nerds were best eaten not one-by-one but by the literal handful. One Nerd was nothing, but 30 at once? Heaven. Nerds came in fruity flavors that were hard to distinguish once you had a ton of them in your mouth, but they were amazing anyway.
The fact that they were made under the Willy Wonka brand definitely helped give them an air of whimsy that took them from being tiny hard candies to something that kids loved to have in their pockets while at the movie theaters.
Disposable cameras ushered in a brand new area of photography for people in the 90s. You didn't have to buy expensive film and handle your family camera with the utmost care anymore; you just had to go down and buy a disposable camera that had a limited amount of shots.
When they were all out, you'd take them to the photo development lab (preferably at a Kmart or pharmacy, so you could ask mom and dad to pick up some candy while they were out) and then get your prints back within a few days.
Train Track Sets
There was something incredibly calming about carefully setting up a train track for a remote controlled train. And in the 90s, these types of tracks were all the rage with kids and adults alike.
Adults preferred to create elaborate sets for their trains, while kids simply loved setting up a massive train track around their home that they could play with for hours; or at least until mom said it was time to clean it up because she was tired of stepping over the tracks.
Music today is at your fingertips on a number of different--and legal--platforms. But as any 90s kid knows that the best way to have music at your fingertips was through LimeWire, a downloading service that let people from around the world share their music and video collections.
Sure, you would probably end up with 5 prank mp3 files for every 1 legitimate one, but that was the risk that people were willing to take to gain access to their favorite music. Just cross your fingers and hope mom or dad doesn't pick up the phone in the middle of your download.
The toy crazes of the 2010s were absolutely nothing compared to the toy crazes of the 90s. Literal fistfights were had over Furbys, and in retrospect, all of the fighting and dramatics over an electronic animal toy seems rather ridiculous. Yet it happened, and these cute nondescript electronic animals were the source of much drama when they were first released.
They were notoriously hard to find in stores, resulting in huge secondhand prices on the aftermarket; and there was even drama regarding their supposed spy capabilities, earning them a ban from government spaces.
Continuous Printer Paper
There were few things more satisfying in the 90s than watching an endless stream of continuous printer paper coming out of the machine. Well--maybe getting to be the one who carefully tore off the perforated strips came close.
If you were lucky, your parents let you have sheets of this continuous paper for your many, many art projects; if not, you could always sneakily use the backs of the computer work they printed during the day to practice your Picassos.
Spacemaker Pencil Boxes
Pencils boxes were an essential school item for any 90s kid. They weren't just for holding pencils: they were your treasure box that you could carry from class to class or leave in your home room desk to be admired by others.
When you wanted to showcase your personality, you could decorate them with an endless amount of stickers. Or you would leave them blank and let that oh-so-cool Spacemakers brand do the talking.
We often wonder whether or not it was exactly safe to be sniffing scented markers so much in the 90s. Regardless of any long-term effects, there was something undeniably fun about getting a whiff of those plasticky, faux scents that clung to these markers like grandma's perfume.
The best scents were fruits and bubblegum, and if you were lucky your teachers would let you use them on art projects so you could always associate plastic strawberry for your favorite report on penguins from 5th grade. Not surprisingly, scented markers haven't gone out of style--though we're sure they're safer nowadays.
Halloween McNugget Toys
The Halloween McNugget toys were the coolest McDonalds Happy Meal toy in the history of Happy Meals. These McNuggets came with a variety of Halloween costume options, ranging from witch to ghost, and they were the perfect toy to play with on a rainy October morning.
It may seem strange now that 90s kids were so happy to play with pretend McNuggets, but there was something undeniably special about these cool toys that made them so coveted. If you managed to collect them all--no easy task in the 90s, when you couldn't just pop on eBay and see thousands of listings of the Happy Meal toys you wanted--then you were definitely the coolest kid on the block.
Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School
Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School was a mandatory October film in the 1990s. This quirky Scooby Doo adventure brought Shaggy, Scooby and (ugh) Scrappy to a mysterious school full of witches, vampires, mummies and other ghoulish creatures--though they are more interested in beating a rival school in volleyball than doing anything mean or scary.
The animation may not be the best, but this quirky Halloween film is definitely one of the better older Scooby movies, whether you were born in the 90s or are watching it for the first time on digital release.
There was something special about the way that 90s kids managed to create an endless series of paper-based games. Cootie catchers, the mysterious S--and of course, MASH. MASH was the perfect way for predicting the way that the rest of your life would go, from your husband/wife to your job, what you'd drive, and everything in between.
Sure, they weren't exactly scientific, but there's no denying the thrill that came with finding out you were totally going to marry your elementary school sweetheart.
When it was first released in 1997, there was never a game quite like GoldenEye 007--and there never has been one quite like it since its release. This first person James Bond game put you right in the shoes of the titular character, and as you'd travel across the platform killing your enemies and performing serious spy work, you'd experience thrills, chills and everything in between.
The game was also popular for its multi-player feature, and many afternoons would be spent with friends screaming at anyone who picked Oddjob as their character.
Horror was a continued hit in the 1990s, and the pop-up of various horror magazines like Fangoria were a testament to its popularity. Before there were online website and blogs dedicated to all things horror, horror fans had to turn to these magazines to learn the latest news, see behind the scenes information, and read reviews and editorials from fellow horror lovers.
At the peak of its popularity, Fangoria was the most prominent horror magazine in the world; it ceased publication in 2016, but it was purchased by a new company who is now releasing it on a quarterly basis.
School lunches today are a mixed bag, but they are a far cry from the school lunches of the 90s which seemed to have two modes: bland vegetables and fried foods. It was almost as if school administrators thought putting a heaping spoonful of unsalted green peas would negate the fries and fried chicken sandwich.
In any case, school lunches were usually served lukewarm with equally lukewarm milk; they were not the most appetizing of lunches, but when your only other option was going hungry until you got home from school, you wolfed them down anyway.
Johnny 5/Short Circuit
Johnny 5 is alive! These quirky robot movies were the precursor to 2000s and 2010s robot movies featuring loveable robots who wanted nothing more than to be alive. And get sick mohwaks--though we'll save that for the sequel.
The films haven't exactly stood the test of time, but they were a fun and enjoyable film for 90s kids who probably got a kick out of hearing a robot say a few curse words now and then. Repeat after me: "Los Locos kick your ____, Los Locos kick your face, Los Locos kick your ____ into outer space!"
90s kids loved to collect stuff, and they loved bright colors and cartoon characters. Pogs combined that love into one rather confusing hobby. Pogs were technically a game, but many 90s kids collected them for the sole purpose of collecting. Whether you played or not, one thing was for sure: there were a lot of different pogs to collect! Cartoon characters, fantasy characters, and even risqué pogs with quotes that your parents definitely didn't approve of could be found at gas stations and supermarkets around the country during the pog heyday.
While they have fallen out of style, there's no denying the nostalgic feeling of holding a stack in your hand.
Welch's Glass Jars
If you didn't drink milk out of a Welch's glass jar, are you really a 90s kid? These glass jars were iconic for featuring popular cartoon characters of the day, and they were equally iconic for being the go-to glass when you had friends over.
Over time, the paint would chip off and the glasses would lose their luster, but that didn't stop mom from reusing them again and again until you moved out for college. Some of these jars are considered collectible now--just probably not the ones with your 20 year old strawberry juice stains.Pink Lemonade Bubble Gum
The 90s were a heyday period for all sorts of wacky candy, especially bubble gum. The teeth of 90s kids is a testament to the popularity of many types of bubble gum, including this pink lemonade flavor which managed to be tart, sweet and sour all at the same time.
If you were feeling adventurous, you would stick a few pieces in your mouth at once while preparing for an onslaught of flavor. This particular brand was discontinued, but any 90s kid looking for a nostalgic kick can probably find similar lemonade gum to hit that nostalgic sweet (and tart) spot.
There was nothing like heading to the arcade in the 90s armed with a pocketful of quarters and a dollar bill to buy a huge slushy at the arcade counter. Arcades were continuing their heyday from the 80s during the 1990s, and arcade cabinets featuring popular games and characters were all the rage. Whether you were playing Bart's Nightmare, Street Fighter, or Turtles in Time, you were only too happy to spend your summer afternoons inside the local hang-out arcade.
Today, most of these arcades have long since closed, but there are still some arcades hanging out--and yes, they even feature vintage arcade cabinets that are sure to get you feeling nostalgic.
Butterfly Hair Clips
Butterfly hair clips were all the age in the 90s, and if you were a 90s girl, you likely had a collection as expansive as any real-life butterfly house.
These clips usually weren’t worn alone: it wasn’t unusual to see girls with rows of butterflies running down their hair, sometimes in brands and sometimes in little clumps created by the vise-like grip of the plastic butterfly legs. Oddly enough these popular 90s clips are making a comeback, so don’t throw away your old clips just yet!