Halloween is a time that has evolving importance as you get older. As a kid, all you think is “Free candy!” and maybe you’re excited to dress up with your parents. When you get a little older, it becomes more about goofing off with your friends, happy to have an excuse to get together. Then, as an adult, it can become more about the kids again, dressing up to scare them or entertain them, or maybe it’s about going to grown up parties where you can shock your friends. Throughout, however, arguably the most important element is the costume. In honor of that, I’ve compiled a short timeline of my best costumes from years past, for Halloween or otherwise.