Halloween is just around the corner, so chances are you’re Googling up a frenzy: What should I be for All Hallow’s Eve? Fortunately, we’ve got you covered: From viral memes to unexpected couples to billionaires in outer space, our costume idea list has something for everyone. Read on for 21 pop-culture-themed Halloween costume ideas.
AOC at the Met Gala
New York representative AOC caused quite a stir (and a myriad of memes) with her Met Gala look this year. Easily recreate the controversial costume with an off-the-shoulder white dress and red paint — and write whatever your heart desires.
While 2021 has been the year of unexpected relationships, we don’t think anyone saw Bennifer Take-Two coming. So why honor honor the iconic former and present couple this Halloween? One half just needs to dress as JLO (lots of options) while the other wears a Boston t-shirt and drops their Dunkin’ Donuts (yes, this is technically a throwback to 2020 but it was after Halloween, okay?).
Bernie melted our hearts, as usual, with his cozy attire at President Biden’s inauguration in January, making the perfect pop culture callback for Halloween. This costume wins for comfort alone, and one comes pre-made for purchase, too.
Beyoncé at the Grammys
Beyoncé became the most awarded woman in Grammys history that night — and then a viral reaction meme. Possibly equally impressive — and surely worthy of a Halloween shout out. All this requires is a long sleeve, bodycon black mini dress, black teardrop earrings, several (fake) Grammys and very volumised hair.
With all the commotion around Britney Spears’ conservatorship and the subsequent international movement to #FreeBritney, Britney deserves to have her most iconic — and happiest — moments memorialized for once. Emulate the “Lucky” video with baby pink, fluffy robe, or her “I’m A Slave 4 U” VMA’s performance with a green bikini top, denim shorts and a (hopefully fake) snake.
Cat on a Zoom call
This one’s easy. Find any random cat costume — and put yourself in a frame. Boom: You’re one of the greatest memes of 2021.
Christopher Meloni’s iconic “Interview“ photoshoot
The Ever Given, AKA the ship that blocked the Suez Canal, is officially notorious — mostly because of all the memes it prompted. Dress as a boat (you might need to make it yourself unless you’d like to try this one for children) and get in everyone’s way, and you have a winning Halloween costume.
Jeff Bezos returning from space in a cowboy hat, or, ‘Space Cowboy’
Jeff Bezos barely won the billionaire space, and upon landing, inexplicably put on a cowboy hat. He then proceeded to thank his notoriously mistreated employees for paying for his excursion. Find yourself a blue tracksuit and a cowboy hat and you’re ready for take-off (or landing).
Kim Kardashian-West at the Met Gala (or, a shadow)
Kim’s interesting aesthetic at the Met Gala is the ultimate Halloween vibe — in the most classical sense of what Halloween is: A celebration of the dead. It’s very grim-reaper-esque, so it’s really right on the nose. Plus, a costume for it already exists!
We think it’s safe to say this album changed everyone’s life this year, so it deserves its fair share of Halloween recognition. Cover your faces in gemstones and stickers and voila — you’re the ‘Sour’ album cover.
Simone Biles is a champion every year, but especially this year when she put her well-being first at the Tokyo Olympics. She’s our hero in so many ways, so why not dress like her on the best night of the year?! All you need is a red, white and blue leotard!