15 pop culture costumes that are trending this Halloween

Marriska Fernandes
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Halloween Costume Party: Gorgeous Seductive Witch Wearing Dress Holds Burning Pumpkin. Background: Beautiful Devil, Scary Death, Count Dracula, Zombie Dancing in the Decorated Room
Halloween Costume Party: Gorgeous Seductive Witch Wearing Dress Holds Burning Pumpkin. Background: Beautiful Devil, Scary Death, Count Dracula, Zombie Dancing in the Decorated Room

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You can’t deny that 2020 has been a crazy ride. While the coronavirus pandemic has basically cancelled all plans, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to enjoy your favourite holidays in a new and safe way instead.

This year, rather than hitting up the party scene, you can consider dressing up and channeling spooky spirits at home within your social bubble. If you’re unsure of what to dress up as this year, allow us to recommend some of the top trending costumes, you may want to look to 2020’s biggest pop culture moments for inspiration.

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Whether it’s Wonder Woman or Mulan, The Mandalorian or Tiger King, Hollywood has left a special place in the hearts of fans, who resort to trendy pop culture costumes every season.

Not to mention, internet-breaking moments like Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” and Cardi B’s “WAP” will surely serve statement looks this year. Check out some of the biggest pop culture-inspired costumes you’ll likely be seeing all over social media this Halloween.

Mulan

Mulan. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Mulan. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

With the release of Mulan on Disney Plus this past summer, there’s no doubt that this princess will be a treasured look.

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Black Panther

Black Panther Men's Premium Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Black Panther Men's Premium Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

Following the untimely demise of everyone’s favourite Wakandan hero, Chadwick Boseman will fondly be remembered for his role in Black Panther.

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman. Image via Party City.
Wonder Woman. Image via Party City.

With Wonder Woman 1984 set to soon release, a strong female avatar might just be the solution to kick things up a notch.

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Top Gun

Top Gun Flightsuit Costume. Photo via Party City.
Top Gun Flightsuit Costume. Photo via Party City.

This year, fans celebrated the 34th anniversary of Top Gun and many were looking forward to the new film Top Gun: Maverick, which has been rescheduled for next year. That just means you can channel your version of Tom Cruise to the party in 2020 and 2021.

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Tiger King

Men's Tiger Trainer Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Men's Tiger Trainer Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

The true crime documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness instantly became an internet sensation when it launched on Netflix earlier this year. This is definitely a costume that many will be sporting for sheer laughs alone.

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Money Heist

Houselog Cosplay Halloween Costumes. Photo via Amazon
Houselog Cosplay Halloween Costumes. Photo via Amazon

This Spanish heist drama sat firmly in the top 10 most-watched titles when its fourth season premiered earlier this year on Netflix. The show’s global success and massive fan following easily makes this among the top pop culture costumes for this year.

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Cobra Kai

Cobra Kai Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Cobra Kai Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

The wildly popular Netflix series Cobra Kai, which premiered on Netflix in August, picks up 34 years after events of the Karate Kid films. According to Google’s top Halloween trends for 2020, Cobra Kai topped the list of trending costumes.

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The Mandalorian

Mandalorian Beskar Armor Men's Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Mandalorian Beskar Armor Men's Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

With The Mandalorian season two premiering on Disney Plus on October 30, there’s no better costume to rock while binging on the show. According to Google’s top Halloween trends for 2020, Mandalorian was the third-highest searched costume of September 2020.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift wears her own Cardigan, Club Monaco Boiled Cashmere Cardigan. Images via Instagram/TaylorSwift, Club Monaco.
Taylor Swift wears her own Cardigan, Club Monaco Boiled Cashmere Cardigan. Images via Instagram/TaylorSwift, Club Monaco.

Taylor Swift surprised her fans late July by dropping her eighth studio album, Folklore. One of her top singles “Cardigan” inspired her to release her own cardigan merch that has already sold out, but while you’re in quarantine this year, why not snuggle into a warm cardigan that’s similar to T-Swift’s?

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Harry Styles

Harry Styles in the "Watermelon Sugar" music video, Tropical print shirt. Images via Youtube/HarryStyles, Mango.
Harry Styles in the "Watermelon Sugar" music video, Tropical print shirt. Images via Youtube/HarryStyles, Mango.

When Harry Styles released the video for his song, “Watermelon Sugar,” in May, the internet had a collective meltdown. There’s no denying that this pop culture moment translates well into Halloween. Simply sport a floral shirt, colourful sunnies and a novelty watermelon.

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Scooby and Gang

Classic Scooby Doo Daphne Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Classic Scooby Doo Daphne Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

With the release of Scoob! earlier this year, it makes sense to get your crew together and dress up as this crime-solving squad.

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Beyonce in Black is King

Beyonce in Black is King, Marine Serre Brown & Beige Moon Allover Long Sleeve T-Shirt. Photo via Disney Plus, SSENSE.
Beyonce in Black is King, Marine Serre Brown & Beige Moon Allover Long Sleeve T-Shirt. Photo via Disney Plus, SSENSE.

Beyonce broke the internet with her musical film and visual album Black Is King, and in one scene she and her dancers were spotted in a Marine Serre's moon printed bodysuit.

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Mario

Disguise Costumes Mario Riding Yoshi. Photo via amazon
Disguise Costumes Mario Riding Yoshi. Photo via amazon

There’s no doubt that a lot of people jumped to gaming once the lockdown began, so a Mario costume is a no-brainer.

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WAP

Normani in WAP,. Photo via Atlantic Records/YouTube, Balmain.
Normani in WAP,. Photo via Atlantic Records/YouTube, Balmain.

You’ve probably heard about “WAP,” Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s internet-breaking single, and the signature looks seen on its roster of famous faces. In one scene, singer Normani made a cameo clad in a houndstooth latex ensemble not unlike this Balmain one-piece.

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COVID-19

Yandy Hand Sanitizer Costume. Photo via Yandy
Yandy Hand Sanitizer Costume. Photo via Yandy

It goes without saying that the pandemic will be a notable moment at Halloween, so how about channeling the biggest trend to hit 2020? Hand sanitizers.

SHOP IT: Yandy, $70

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