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Kathie Lee and Hoda go retro as ... Regis and Kathie Lee for Halloween!

by Randee Dawn / / Source: TODAY

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It's the costume we suspect Kathie Lee Gifford has wanted to wear for years!

Yep, on Halloween morning we went all the way back to the classic days of "Regis and Kathie Lee!" The real-life Kathie Lee Gifford put on her best dark wig, suit and tie to play her longtime co-host Regis Philbin!

Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb as Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis
Regis and Kathie Lee back in the day, and today's costume adaptations with Hoda Kotb.TODAY

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Of course, that meant we needed another Kathie Lee, so Hoda Kotb got her hair fluffed out big time, put on some chunky jewelry and long nails and became ... the perkiest, cheeriest Kathie Lee ever!

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda are Kathie Lee and Regis
Regis Philbin (actually Kathie Lee Gifford) and Kathie Lee Gifford (actually Hoda Kotb) go on a retro-journey to the pair's talk show past!TODAY

Confused yet? Brace yourself: Regis Philbin himself also stopped by the TODAY plaza to enjoy in all the fun and games.

Regis and Kathie Lee as Regis.TODAY Halloween 2016.
Regis Philbin and ... Regis? (Actually Kathie Lee.)Nathan R. Congleton / TODAY

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"Don't mind me! Nobody does around here, nobody!" said Regis, slapping their desk and storming off the set in his best grumpy ex-host style.

Kathie Lee, Hoda, Regis
Kathie lee as Regis, Hoda Kotb as Kathie Lee, and Regis Philbin as ... Regis!Nathan R. Congleton / TODAY

Of course, in the fourth hour of TODAY, the trio was back to ham it up as much as possible.

There was Kathie Lee as Regis continuing to grump along, and Hoda as Kathie Lee singing show tunes and showing off photos of her children ... and then there was the actual Regis as "Live!" executive producer Michael Gelman, whose job seemed to entail collecting video tapes and getting bossed around mercilessly by "Regis."

Regis as Gelman
Gelman (Regis Philbin) joined "Regis" and "Kathie Lee." What a wig!TODAY

They ran through 1990s headlines about whether Apple would be able to succeed as a company, a new "blue pill" to help men in bed, and then got up to do the "Macarena," creating a 90s trifecta rarely seen on TV in the new millennium.

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So what did it take to pull off Regis? "Attitude!" said Kathie Lee in her best Regis voice.

Talk about a trick ... that's also a treat!

The TODAY anchors have created some memorable costumes and themes over the past two decades. Check out some of the highlights.

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