Best Halloween Costumes Based on 2021’s Pop Culture

It’s only natural that in a society dominated by screens, some of the best Halloween costume ideas would come from the media we’ve consumed all year. Here’s a selection of costume ideas influenced by pop culture.

1. Kim Kardashian at Met Gala 2021

Fans wait with baited breath every year to see what Kim Kardashian will dress up as for Halloween. Year after year, the reality star goes above and beyond to outdo herself, and she’s particularly adept at recreating classic outfits from the past. Kim Kardashian, who is a fashion icon in her own right, is also motivating others to dress up like her. Her divisive Met Gala dress from 2021 drew so much attention that the all-black Balenciaga ensemble was repeated the following year. So, picture what you could accomplish if you had a little more time. It doesn’t take long to prepare and may be done at home. Since she walked the Met Gala carpet alongside fashion designer Demna Gvasalia, who wore a similar suit, this could be a couple’s outfit.

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2. Coach Ted Lasso

It’s difficult not to adore Ted Lasso’s titular character, regardless of how you feel about the show. The Emmy-winning series has a global audience, and dressing up as Lasso for Halloween seems like the perfect decision for fans of the Apple TV show. Lasso wears a fitted navy blue puffer jacket, khakis or chino pants, a white visor, Ray-Ban aviators, and his signature mustache. If you can find the A.F.C. Richmond track jacket he wears during the training scenes, all the better, but if not, the puffer will serve. To fully nail his essence, blurt out odd encouraging quotes and maintain a positive attitude all night.

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3. Joe Goldberg from Netflix’s ‘You’

In a pinch, this is arguably one of the simplest pop culture-inspired solutions you can come up with. Joe Goldberg from Netflix’s You has become one of the most talked-about characters on television in recent years, with Season 4 already in the works. Joe is one of the funniest characters on the show because he feels that wearing a baseball cap makes him invisible while stalking and plotting his next victim, but it has also become a signature for his character. A plain baseball cap (ideally without a brand), a jean jacket, and a fake firearm are all you need for this simple appearance. If you want to go all out and keep the outfit up to date for Season 3, strap a fake baby on your chest.

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4. Wanda and Vision from WandaVision

In 2021, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began its powerful push across our earthly Earth, this time with a roster of buzzy new shows on Disney+, starting with WandaVision. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) cycle through a range of flawlessly retro and modern outfits in this decade-jumping love letter to sitcoms, providing plenty of costume inspiration for a couple’s costume.

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5. Shang-Chi

Shang-Chi from Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is expected to be one of the year’s most popular costumes. After all, the Simu Liu-starring film is a worldwide sensation, reputedly the highest-grossing film in the last two years (yes for the comeback of cinema and yay Simu!). While you may buy a Shang-Chi costume in a store, we have some suggestions for making this MCU superhero’s outfit at home.

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6. Bridgerton

For this gorgeous, Regency-inspired group costume, break out your ball gowns and finest coats and tails. Although it looked like the entire world was dying for this steamy show back in early 2021 (Netflix declared it was the platform’s most-watched original series shortly after its premiere), given we just got a trailer for next season, this still feels like a very of-the-moment outfit. Here’s how to emulate Bridgerton’s take on the London social season.

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7. Princess Diana in Spencer

Princess Diana had a number of famous looks over her lifetime. We suggested channeling “doing errands” for Halloween back in 2019, but this year, we’re inspired by Kristen Stewart’s black and red wardrobe in her upcoming film Spencer as Diana. While many of us won’t be able to view the film until after Halloween (it’s only been shown at film festivals so far, including Venice and TIFF), given that “Oscar” has been whispered beside Stewart’s name since the first still from the film was released, you’ll be right on time with this costume.

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8. Squid Game

This Halloween, the Squid Game effect will undoubtedly take over. In a short of months, more than 140 million people sat down in front of their televisions to watch the nine-episode Netflix series, which has become a pop culture sensation. Netflix has worked with merchants such as Walmart to sell official Squid Game Halloween costumes and paraphernalia. The green tracksuits worn by the players on the show, as well as the red jumpsuits worn by the guards, may be found online. We prepared a how-to guide to manufacture your own Squid Game costumes at home ahead of the Halloween rush.

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9. Cruella de Vil in ‘Cruella’

For decades, Cruella de Vil has been a popular Halloween costume. However, the simple black-and-white hairdo, Dalmatian print fur coats, and red skirts are no longer in style. Cruella actress Emma Stone’s portrayal of the incredible and outrageous Disney villain has piqued the imagination of fans who want to dress up like her for Halloween. The exquisite high-end clothes is one of the most tempting features of this year’s picture, so fans will have a little more leeway and opportunity to explore. Her signature black and white hair is still a must-have when transforming into Cruella de Vil, and wigs and other accoutrements can be obtained online.

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10. Bernie Sanders at the Inauguration

Bernie Sanders has unintentionally contributed a great deal to pop culture throughout the years. Countless GIFs and memes based on the politician circulate on a regular basis on social media. During Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration earlier this year, Sanders created a moment that will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most iconic memes of all time. The United States Senator arrived in a huge, unremarkable green Burton coat and knit gloves designed by Jen Ellis, while others dressed to the nines to attend the ceremony. He was noticed in the crowd, sitting in a plastic folding chair with his hands on his lap and a bored expression. The Internet jumped on it, photoshopping him into every conceivable circumstance, and it went viral, making it a standout 2021 meme. Despite the fact that the event took place in January, there’s little question that on Oct. 31, people would try to recreate the appearance and wear it as a costume. It’s easy to build at home, and it’ll keep you warm and safe during any Halloween celebration.

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11. Alligator Loki

The MCU takes a third spot on our list with two more beloved characters after a year (if not a decade) of utter dominance. Put on an ultra-warm, full-body alligator suit in honor to one of the most popular Lokis we had the pleasure of meeting this year, Kathryn Hahn as WandaVision villain (and runaway star, who apparently landed her own spinoff) Agatha Harkness in all her big hairdo, brooch-wearing beauty.

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Rimuel Salibio

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