Entertainment TV The 'Today' Show Crew's Greatest Halloween Costumes From the best of the '90s to a royal wedding almost as good as Will and Kate's, look back at the cast's over-the-top outfits By Jocelyn Vena and Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on October 29, 2021 02:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 18 1997 Dave Allocca/Time Life Pictures/Getty 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. 02 of 18 2000 NBC Three years later, the hosts really upped the ante with their pop-culture-inspired costumes. Roker dressed as Diddy and Lauer as Jennifer Lopez in the infamous Versace dress she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards. 03 of 18 2005 Albert Ferreira/Reuters/Corbis Marilyn Monroe – er, Couric – posed between Batman (Lauer) and Robin (Roker) the year Batman Begins hit theaters. 04 of 18 2006 Sara Jaye Weiss/INF 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. 05 of 18 2007 Jamie McCarthy/WireImage The cast paid homage to TV's most spooktacular 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. 06 of 18 2008 Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic "Fairytales" was the theme in 2007. Vieira, Lauer, Curry and Roker dressed up as Pinocchio, Humpty Dumpty, Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man, respectively. Kathie Lee Gifford, Kotb and Amy Robach also got in on the fun, donning the Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel costumes. We just hope everyone had a happily ever after! 07 of 18 2009 Janet Mayer/Splash News Online 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. 08 of 18 2010 Richard Drew/AP 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. 09 of 18 2011 Peter Kramer/NBC; Erik Pendzich / Rex The Today hosts were pretty spot-on when they recreated the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with Lauer and Curry dressed as the current Prince and Princess of Wales (known then as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). Savannah Guthrie went as Prince Charles (now King Charles III), Roker as Prince Harry and Vieira as Queen Elizabeth. Meanwhile, BFFs Gifford and Kotb took on the roles of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. 10 of 18 2013 Dennis Van Tine/Abaca USA Playing legendary TV stars paid off for the Today crew when Carson Daly imitated CHiPs cop Erik Estrada and Lauer dressed as Baywatch's Carmen Electra on the morning show. Rounding out the cast of small-screen favorites: Roker as Mr. T, Gifford and Kotb as Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble, Morales and Guthrie as Laverne and Shirley and Willie Geist as Baywatch's Mitch Buchannon (a.k.a. The Hoff). 11 of 18 2014 Erik Pendzich/REX USA The gang didn't have to go far to find their costumes in 2014 — 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. 12 of 18 2015 Today Show Good grief! In honor of The Peanuts Movie's release, the team dressed up as all the fan favorites, with Lauer as Lucy and Roker as Charlie Brown. Once again, Vieira made a surprise return (as Pig-Pen!), and the gang did a cute dance to the hummable theme, "Linus and Lucy." 13 of 18 2016 Today Show/Instagram 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.) 14 of 18 2017 Country stars 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 Daly as mullet-wearing Billy Ray Cyrus, Gifford as Miley Cyrus, Roker as Willie Nelson and Megyn Kelly as Shania Twain (in a corset!). Kotb even 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 Twain on stage. But perhaps the cream of the crop was Guthrie as Kenny Rogers and Lauer as Dolly Parton performing the country legends' 1983 duet "Islands in the Stream." 15 of 18 2018 Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock Today went totally '80s for Halloween 2018, with the entire crew dressing up as movie characters like Doc (Roker) and Marty McFly (Dylan Dreyer) from Back to the Future as well as Ferris Bueller (Geist), plus music stars like Cyndi Lauper (Guthrie) and Madonna (Gifford). Coincidentally, Good Morning America had the same idea, with the staff of both morning shows dressing up as beloved TV characters. 16 of 18 2019 NBC News’ TODAY The anchors pulled out all the stops to celebrate the spooky holiday with their epic dance-themed costumes. Roker and Craig Melvin went as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Carlton and Will, respectively. Kotb dressed up as Tony from Saturday Night Fever, Dreyer as Seinfeld's Elaine, Guthrie and Daly as Sandy and Danny from Grease, Sheinelle Jones as Janet Jackson and Alexander as Kevin Bacon's character in Footloose. Hager, who was on maternity leave, even stopped by, dressed as Baby from the beloved romantic comedy Dirty Dancing — with help from Geist as Patrick Swayze's character Johnny. 17 of 18 2020 Tyler Essary/NBC via Getty With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping theaters closed, the Today cast brought Broadway to viewers with their epic stage costumes. Dreyer and Jones dressed as Chicago's Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, Melvin and Roker were Hamilton's Alexander Hamilton and King George and Hager portrayed Grizabella from Cats. Kotb and Guthrie also united as beloved characters Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked. 18 of 18 2021 John Lamparski/Getty Images Ahead of Halloween 2021, the Today show hosts embraced the holiday spirit with a group costume inspired by NFL players and Super Bowl performers. Kotb stepped out as Carrie Underwood, lip-syncing the lyrics of the Sunday Night Football theme song. Geist and Daly dressed up as Tampa Bay Buccaneers duo Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, wearing a handful of real Super Bowl rings. Melvin appeared as Patrick Mahomes, with a video included of a young fan cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback. The NFL theme continued with Roker dressed as The Weeknd. The weatherman mimicked the singer's halftime show performance from Super Bowl LV. Jones went a similar route with her Bruno Mars' inspired costume as she emulated his Super Bowl XLVIII headlining act. Guthrie and Hager wrapped up the segment as Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and performed a brief routine alongside members of the famed dance crew.