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The best holiday of the year—Halloween, of course—is basically right around the corner (well, kinda) and I’m already trying to figure out the perfect costume idea to make all my friends jealous that they didn’t think of it first. If you’re in the same boat, I highly recommend perusing some of the best 2021 Halloween costume trends as a much-needed source of inspo. You’ll definitely see these costume ideas everywhere this year, but honestly, most are still too good to pass up.
So many of the top 2021 Halloween costume trends are inspired by the shows and films you’ve been binge-watching or discussing in your group chats all year long. I’m talking about Wandavision, (obviously), Gossip Girl, Loki and the like. If you’ve been paying attention to the hit TV shows and movies this year, you’ll know that there are so many amazing costume opportunities just waiting to be brought to life this October. You and your friends are obsessed with the characters already, so you might as well embrace them and go as them for Halloween, right?!
Typically, popular Halloween costumes are either classics—like a witch, a skeleton or a cat—or something that’s trending within pop culture, so pay close attention to what you see as you scroll through Instagram and TikTok this month. By taking note of what everyone’s talking about this year, you can easily come up with a fun costume that’s bound to get plenty of compliments. Creativity + Pop Culture Relevancy = Halloween Costume Gold, baby!
Below, you’ll find a bevy of culturally relevant Halloween costume ideas to give you major inspiration for your costume. I hope you have several Halloween outings lined up, because you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one of these Halloween costume trends.
And, if you’re worried about how to actually recreate some of these looks, we got you. We’ve included plenty of tips on how to DIY these costumes wherever possible, so you don’t have to frantically Google your favorite character and brainstorm in the fabric aisle at Hobby Lobby.
You’re welcome. Now, let’s get spooky, y’all.
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Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion From The “WAP” Music Video
Let out your inner freak this Halloween and channel Cardi B and Ms. Megan Thee Stallion. Pick up a sexy cut-out bodysuit and add on some fishnet tights for the full effect. Bonus points if you can get a few friends to dress up as the celeb cameos. Dibs on Normani’s look!
Harry Styles At The GRAMMYs
You know the deal here: head-to-toe leather and a furry feather boa! If you’ve got a friend who is just as obsessed with Mr. Styles as you are, have them dress up as his other plaid look from the evening.
Loki & Sylvie from Loki
There are a few options with this one. You can buy some workwear-inspired jumpsuits to DIY your own “Variant’ versions, or dress in head-to-toe green. Don’t forget the lopsided horns! And, if you’ve got a third person in your friend group, they can dress up as Miss Minutes.
A TikTok-Approved Coconut Girl
Now you can live out your Gen Z fashion fantasy! Pile on the pastels and accessorize with hibiscus-printed pieces. The more florals, the better! Brands like Beginning Boutique sell tons of adorable pieces that fit the vibe for Halloween and can totally be worn on any other weekend of the year.
The Trio From The Sex and The City Reboot
If you have two BFFs and love all things fashion, figure out who is more of a Carrie, a Miranda or a Charlotte and dress to the nines in this fun group costume. Bonus points if a fourth friend comes as Samantha and you stage a faux-fight.
The New Gossip Girl Cast
I didn’t think the fashion on the new reboot of Gossip Girl could ever outdo the ‘fits on the original, but I stand corrected. This new batch of Upper East Siders really knows how to dress. The looks are still preppy but in a modern way. Think oversized button-downs layered over micro-mini skirts with white knee-high boots.
Wanda + Vision From Wandavision
There are tons of options for this theme! You can try one of their retro outfits from the earlier episodes (I personally love ‘70s-era pregnant Wanda) or even go meta and try out their fun Halloween costumes from the show.
Olivia Rodrigo From The “good 4 u” Music Video
The outfits in this music video were seriously second to none. You have the baby blue cheerleading uniform—with the latex gloves—of course, but you could also totally rock her messy-haired-plaid-skirt look, too!
Ariana Grande’s Wedding Dress
Your costume may not be custom Vera Wang, but it can still be fabulous! Other key elements of this look are the super high ponytail (obviously), platform white shoes and stunning ‘90s-inspired matte makeup. Oh, and a fiancé.
Daphne From Bridgerton
Or, honestly, any member of the cast. A pastel corset top is a must, but you can change it up a little when it comes to your skirt. I would go for something made out of tulle for a light-as-air feel that will leave you looking like the Diamond of the Season.
The Cast Of Succession
Are you a Kendall, a Shiv or a Roman? Suit up and find out. If you’re going for a more Cousin Greg-inspired look, wear Crocs and socks with your suit. Oh—and carry a water bottle (or two) because of IYKYK. Season three is afoot! Lastly, don’t forget your Waystar Royco merch.
The Chicago Bulls from The Last Dance
If, like me, you really got into ‘90s-era basketball thanks to The Last Dance on Netflix, this is for you. Sites like Etsy and Amazon have tons of vintage-inspired (and actually vintage!) pieces from that time, so you can peruse both sites for inspo. Or, if you just want to dress up like Michael Jordan himself, you’ll need a massively oversized suit and a pair of chunky gold hoop earrings.
If you still have your prom dress kicking around in the back of your closet, it’s officially time to pull it out. Carry a bouquet of red roses with you and give them out to all the cute people you meet on your night out.
Harry Styles + Phoebe Waller-Bridge from the “Treat People With Kindness” Music Video
The iconic music video features Styles and Waller-Bridge in head-to-toe white suits with sparkly tops, so that’s the direction you need to head in! If suits feel a little over-the-top, try going for a pair of white jeans with a shiny blouse.
The Characters from Space Jam
Choose from the OG movie or the 2021 reboot! Etsy has tons of different pieces from the old and new versions, so head over there ASAP. Lola Bunny is forever my go-to costume, just FYI.
Machine Gun Kelly & Megan Fox
Hollywood’s hottest It Couple doubles as a pretty amazing Halloween costume for 2021. If you’ve got a partner who’s down to play MGK, they’ll need tons of fake tattoos, and baggy tees. For the Megan Fox side of things, consider sexy bandage-style dresses, corsets and sky-high heels. Bonus points if your couple BFFs go as Kourtney and Travis.
If you’re just as TikTok obsessed as I am, why not dress up as The Backyardigans this year? Pick a character and wear only those colors. Oh—and have the “Castaways” dance memorized, obviously.
The Olympic Gymnastics Team
Channel some gold-medal energy this year. You can either all buy the same leotard (sites like Amazon have tons), or go for an athlete-off-duty look by wearing matching USA-themed tracksuits. Slicked-back hair and tons of shiny eyeshadow are a must!
Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie from The Simple Life
I know that this show debuted like, 20 years ago, but it’s still a winner! Plus, fashion from the early aughts is seriously blowing up on TikTok right now, so this costume still feels fresh. It’s great if you’re in need of a last-minute look because you probably own a bunch of the pieces! Think cowboy boots, denim mini skirts and baby tees.
Olivia Rodrigo + Talia Ryder from the “deja vu” Music Video
Yes, this is another Olivia idea! Dress up as the music video that inspired a whole TikTok trend in 2021. This costume is all about the silk headscarves and square-framed glasses. Strawberry ice cream is not necessary but will definitely earn you some bonus points.
If you want a vaccine-themed costume, go as a Pfizer fox! Be literal and wear a fox costume, a bandaid on the arm and carry a (fake!!!!) needle. Bonus points if you can bring your vaxx card out and not lose it.
Taylor Swift Through The Ages
Have each one of your friends dress up as a Taylor Swift album. You can wear cowboy boots and a pretty dress for Fearless, all-red (plus red lipstick!) for Red, serve retro vintage vibe for 1989 or go edgy with black-on-black for Reputation….You get the picture.
TBH, you could be Jennifer Lopez and ANY of her men for Halloween and it would be amazing. Have someone else be ARod to really complete the costume.
Meghan & Harry At Their Oprah Interview
A very funny and smart costume if you can make it work. You just need your Harry in a gray suit, a dress that resembles Meghan’s, a faux baby bump (or the real deal, if you’re expecting), oh—and an Oprah, of course!
Stages Of Quarantine
This is a great group costume in which you all act out different phases of the pandemic. Have someone bring a laptop and drinks and be Zoom Happy Hour, make another friend carry Banana Bread, etc.