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7 Pop Culture-Inspired Costumes for Halloween 2021

The month of October is a whole mood: It signifies the arrival of the crisp fall air, the sound of crunching leaves, all things pumpkin pie spice and of course; Halloween.

When it comes to Halloween, there are two types of people in this world: those who prepare an elaborate costume weeks in advance and those who don’t have an idea until the very last minute. If you consider yourself a member of the latter group, we got you covered with these 7 pop culture-inspired Halloween costumes.

Keep your eyes peeled, ghouls and creepy crawlies; because this list includes some of 2021’s most prominent pop culture moments - including our favorite celebs, shows, and movies. Scroll down to sink your fangs in some All Hallows' Eve inspiration (if you dare...)!

Squid Game

Squid Game
Image courtesy of Netflix

Okay, it goes without saying that Squid Game was one of the biggest shows to grace our screens in recent memory. As such, we can expect this to be one of Halloween's trendiest looks. You can opt for a green jumpsuit to be one of the contestants, or a pink jumpsuit to be a guard. If jumpsuits aren’t your thing, you can also dress up as the Red Light, Green Light doll. This look is guaranteed to serve serious spooky vibes that will guarantee that nobody jaywalks ever...ever again, unless they want to get shot by this sociopathic doll.

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

Ah yes, Kim K’s head to toe Balenciaga Met Gala outfit is the look that launched a thousand tweets and memes. It is only fitting, therefore, that it also become the inspiration for a perfect pop culture themed Halloween costume. It is perhaps one of the most recognizable red carpet moments of the year. It is also one of the easiest looks to achieve, considering most of us have black clothing in our closet. Plus, it's also pandemic-friendly. Yup, no COVID-19 will be getting through that opaque sheet over her face! We can't say much about it being vision-friendly nor breathing-friendly, but still...

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl Serena Van Der Woodsen
Image from @gossipgirl_fashion1

The only thing more iconic about Gossip Girl than Blair Waldorf, is the fashion. This also applies to the 2021 Reboot of the beloved show which continues to wow with show stopping ensembles. But if there is one distinct look that is most associated with Gossip Girl, both new and old, it is the Constance Billard School Uniform, which is perfect for a Gossip Girl themed Halloween costume. If you want to channel Blair Waldorf, accessorize with a headband. For Julien Calloway, pair the suit with biker shorts and for Serena Van der Woodsen– add a plaid skirt and stylish handbag.

Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso was the feel good show about a football coach we all needed this year. Its popularity increased after winning big at the Emmys this year, propelling it to pop culture sensation status. Halloween is the perfect chance for you to channel your love for all the wonderfully wholesome characters in the show, whether it be Ted Lasso himself or Rebecca Walton. Also, I never thought I’d say this, but Mitt Romney just proved that he is the king of Halloween with his Ted Lasso inspired costume.


Speaking of TV show characters that provide ample Halloween inspiration, one cannot ignore WandaVision. The first Marvel Cinematic Universe TV show for Disney+ that had us all falling in love with Elizabeth Olsen. Olsen rocked various iconic looks, from her actual Halloween costume she wears on the show, to her badass Scarlet Witch outfit she wears as she fights Agatha in the WandaVision finale; both are equally perfect for this year’s spooky season.

Oliva Rodrigo

No doubt, Rodrigo is one of music’s biggest breakthrough stars of 2021. She came bursting into our lives with the heartbreakingly beautiful “Driver's License” and then with the Y2K reminiscent bop “Good 4 U”. With its distinct butterfly stickers, the cover art for her album Sour is the ideal Halloween costume, but her pop-punk cheerleader look from the “Good 4 U” music video is also a winner. For more fashion inspiration, check out her Instagram, where she rocks the cutest outfits ever.

Emma Stone’s Cruella De Vil

Hide your doggos, because Cruella De Vil made a comeback this year, with Emma Stone’s fresh portrayal of the notorious Disney villain. Considering the success of the film, we can also expect that Cruella will be a popular Halloween costume choice this year. However, not the classic Glenn Close 1996 inspired look (which is a classic and worthy choice, with its signature animal print and famous cigar holder). Instead, we suggest donning the show-stopping red gown featured in the film together with a black and white wig. As RuPaul would say, this outfit is Eleganza Extravaganza!

(But seriously, hide your doggos...)

Happy Halloween, fellow freaks!


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