The Today Show Crew's Greatest Halloween Costumes
In the early days of Today's Halloween celebrations, the staff's costumes were a bit more 'eh' than 'awesome.' For Halloween 1997, the gang went DIY: Katie Couric got all dolled up as screen legend Mae West, Al Roker and Matt Lauer went as Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble and Ann Curry channeled her inner Cleopatra.
The festivities will look slightly different in 2018, as Lauer was fired from Today in December 2017 following sexual misconduct allegations. Megyn Kelly, who had been hosting the third hour of Today, is also on her way out of the network.
Marilyn Monroe – er, Couric – was safe sandwiched between Batman (Lauer) and Robin (Roker) the year Batman Begins hit theaters.
It was girls vs. guys in 2006 as the divas – Cher (Curry), Bette Midler (Meredith Vieira) and Madonna (Natalie Morales) – faced off against Lauer's Captain Jack Sparrow and Roker's Davy Jones of Pirates of the Caribbean.
The cast paid homage to TV's most spook-tacular family, The Munsters, in 2007: Lauer and Vieira were Herman and Lily Munster, Roker was Grandpa, Morales was son Eddie and Hoda Kotb was their "normal" niece, Marilyn. Contributor Tiki Barber went wild as the fictional family's pet, Spot.
"Fairytales" was the theme as Vieira, Lauer, Curry and Roker – dressed up in as Pinocchio, Humpty Dumpty, Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man – joined Kathie Lee Gifford, Kotb and Amy Robach as the Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. We just hope everyone had a happily ever after!
The Force was with the Today show cast and their costume department in 2009 when Lauer dressed as Luke Skywalker, Roker as Han Solo, Vieira as Princess Leia, Curry as Darth Vader, Kotb as Yoda, Gifford as C-3PO and Morales as Queen Padmé Amidala.
Close pals Gifford and Kotb paid homage to TV's original best friends, Lucy and Ethel – and I Love Lucy's memorable grape-stomping scene.
The Today hosts were pretty spot-on when they recreated the royal wedding with Lauer and Curry as Prince William and Princess Kate, Savannah Guthrie as Prince Charles, Roker as Prince Harry, Vieira as Queen Elizabeth and Gifford and Kotb in the roles of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (sorry, Camilla!).
Playing #ThrowbackThursday TV stars paid off for the Today crew when they were visited by CHiPs cop Erik Estrada (imitated by Carson Daly) and Baywatch's Carmen Electra (Lauer dressed like her – again in drag). Rounding out the cast of small-screen favorites: Roker as Mr. T, Gifford and Kotb as Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble, Morales and Guthrie and Laverne and Shirley and Willie Geist as Baywatch's Mitch Buchannon (a.k.a. The Hoff).
The gang didn't have to go far to find their costumes that year – just over to the wardrobe department of Saturday Night Live, where they pulled looks from the show's iconic sketches. Geist and Tamron Hall brought cheer as the Spartan cheerleaders; Morales did saucy schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher (with Peter Alexander as a forlorn priest); Lauer was the androgynous star of "It's Pat!"; Gifford and Kotb were Wayne and Garth (excellent!); Roker and Lester Holt donned Blues Brothers' garb; and Guthrie, Vieira and Jenna Bush Hager recreated the not-so-stylish "Mom Jeans" digital short.
Good grief! In honor of The Peanuts Movie's impending release, the team dressed up as all the fan favorites, with Lauer as Lucy and Roker as Charlie Brown. Once again, Meredith Vieira made a surprise return (as Pig-Pen!) and the gang did a cute dance to the hummable theme, "Linus & Lucy."
Nostalgia was alive and well for the cast, who dressed as '90s icons including (from left) Demi Moore, Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega, Steve Urkel, Regis and Kathie Lee (with a surprise Regis Philbin appearance!), Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Seinfeld. (A bonus: Charlie the puppy went as a Beanie Baby.)
Country's finest joined the Today cast dressed as, well, country's finest, for a mega-concert on the show's Rockefeller Center stage. Reba McEntire introduced "legend’s night," which included Carson Daly as mullet-rocking Billy Ray Cyrus, Kathie Lee Gifford as Miley Cyrus, Al Roker as Willie Nelson, Megyn Kelly as Shania Twain (in a corset!) and Hoda Kotb rocked a better Blake Shelton than Blake Shelton himself, who showed up for a surprise performance. “Every shred of my dignity is gone,” quipped Kelly, before being surprised by the real Shania Twain on stage. But perhaps the cream of the crop was Savannah Guthrie as Kenny Rogers and Matt Lauer as Dolly Parton, who performed a duet of “Islands in the Stream.”
Today went totally '80s for Halloween 2018, with the entire crew dressing up as movie characters like Doc (Al Roker) and Marty McFly (Dylan Dreyer) from Back to the Future as well as Ferris Bueller (Willie Geist), plus music stars like Cyndi Lauper (Savannah Guthrie) and Madonna (Kathie Lee Gifford). Hilariously, Good Morning America had the same idea, with the staff dressing up as beloved TV characters.