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A lot has happened in 2023. Kylie Jenner and Timothée Chalamet hard-launched their relationship with PDA seen around the world. The Succession series ending had everyone online becoming body language experts. Barbie outfits became the fashion standard. Team Jeremiah Fisher got a boost on The Summer I Turned Pretty. And Beyoncé's Renaissance tour and Taylor Swift's Eras tour became the biggest thing since sliced bread. Now, as the season of Halloween parties approaches, it's finally time to put all these pop culture moments to good use. We're talking Halloween pop culture costume ideas, bb!
Transforming a pop culture moment into a costume can be tricky. How does one dress like Meta's Threads, Bluesky, or any other Twitter replacement app, exactly? Sometimes inspiration hits, but sometimes it doesn't. And if you're drawing a blank, I've got just the thing to get you started: a list of 21 Halloween pop culture costume ideas. Whether you're looking for a Barbie Halloween costume, a Taylor Swift Halloween costume, or something more Olivia Rodrigo-inspired, there's a pop culture look for you. I've even included some shopping inspo so you can get your costume together ASAP. You'll be trick-or-treat ready before you can say "Barbenheimer."
Kylie Jenner's Schiaparelli Dress Costume
Remember that time Kylie Jenner wore a giant lion head replica to Paris Fashion Week? Well, the real Schiaparelli dress is a little expensive (and rare) for a Halloween costume, but, believe it or not, you can recreate Kylie's lion dress with just a slinky dress and a novelty backpack.
FITS EVERYBODY TUBE DRESS
Lion head backpack
Lock Down Links Small Statement Earrings
Nepo Baby Costume
Warning: don't attempt a nepo baby costume unless you're willing to potentially get into a debate about the Hollywood phenomenon with a stranger. Have your talking points at the ready.
Nepo Baby T-Shirt
Nepo Baby Tee - White
Star Rainstick Rattle
Mojo Dojo Casa House Ken Costume
Sure, he's an incel misogynist who stole Barbie's house, but no one can deny that Mojo Dojo Casa House Ken has some serious style. Bonus idea: get your friends to dress up as other Barbie movie Kens and make it a group costume. Bonus points if you perform "I'm Just Ken."
Fringe Open Front Vest Jacket
Ken Horse Mojo Dojo Necklace
Active Fleece Jogger Pants
⚡KEN⚡ Logo Fanny Pack
Ruleewe Ken Costume Headband
Leather Punk Half Finger Hollow Out Gloves
Long Sleeve Fluffy Faux Fur Coat
Portia from The White Lotus Costume
Season 2 of The White Lotus gave us many iconic fashion moments (I'm still recovering from that Peppa Pig drag, TBH), but none divided fans quite like Portia's messy outfits. Her looks would give middle school dance vibes one second, hippie-light the next. Whether you liked it or not, you can't say that her fashion sense wasn't memorable, which makes it a perfect costume this season.
Womens Summer Bohemian Vintage Print Elastic Long A Line Skirt
Women's Basic Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Crop Top
Olive Satin-Lined Baseball Hat
Medium Square Satin Headscarf
Todd from Jury Duty Costume
This might have all been an elaborate Truman Show-like prank, but Todd's idea for "chair pants" was honestly genius, and someone should make them a reality STAT.
Slim Fit Corduroy Sport Jacket
Regular-Fit Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt
Classic-Fit Wrinkle-Resistant Chino Pant
PVC Inflatable Crutch Toy
The Succession Widows and Mistresses Group Costume
Logan Roy's two widows sitting together with his two mistresses at his funeral was absolutely iconic. I can only hope my exes all sit together at my funeral someday...
Black Handmade Pill Box Bridal Fascinator
Double Breasted Blazer
3 Strands Gold Layered Necklace
Double Breasted Padded Shoulder Mini Blazer Dress
Vintage Women's Green Flower Brooch
— Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) July 18, 2023
The biggest crossover event in history happened this summer when Barbie and Oppenheimer opened on the same weekend, giving us memes galore that translated into packed theaters and a huge box office weekend and will definitely result in some Halloween lewks this year.
Vintage Wide Brim Warm Wool Fedora Hat
Mens Fashion One Button Slim Fit Pink Blazer
Fake Cigar Pipe
Hillendale Silicone Strap Watch in Pink
Depression Barbie Costume
Not into the sunny pink vibes of stereotypical Barbie, but still want to get in on the Barbie trend? Try Depression Barbie, aka the most relatable Barbie to ever exist. Her mascara is smudged, her sweats on, her hair messy, and her heart belongs to Pride & Prejudice.
Women’s Casual Baggy Fleece Sweatpants
Retro Fitzwilliam Darcy T-Shirt
All Pink Fruit Chews Sharing Size
Weird Barbie Costume
If you're someone who enjoys some arts and crafts, a Weird Barbie costume could be a fun way to fuse all your artistic talent with a pop culture reference. Stay weird, folks!
Square Neck Short Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
Fabric Paint Set for Clothes
Twistable Face Paint Sticks
Colorful Snakeskin Knee High Boot
Hailey Bieber & Justin Bieber Couples Costume
Recruit your significant other to dress up as one of the most talked about couples of 2023: Hailey and Justin. This pop culture costume is easy to recreate because you don't really have to recreate a specific look, though we did here. Just have one person wear the fanciest thing in their closet and the other wear sweats and Crocs!
Structured bandeau mini dress in red
Grace Heel Sandals
Lightweight French Terry Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
Terry Lounge Short Pants
Even non-Bravo girlies tuned into Vanderpump Rules this year to watch the fallout of one of reality television's most jaw-dropping cheating scandals. Overnight, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, and Raquel Leviss became household names after it was revealed that Tom had been cheating on his longtime partner Ariana with their Pump Rules co-star Raquel for months. I'll never look at lightning necklaces the same way again...
I SURvived Scandoval Crewneck
Geometric Lightning Bolt Pendant Necklace
Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Like A Virgin
Top 10 Manliest Mustaches of All Time
The Renaissance Tour Costume
Colorfix in Platinum
Sparkly Sequin Jacket
Classic Western Cowboy Hat
Disco Ball Tiles
Olivia Rodrigo in "Vampire" Costume
There are many possible Olivia Rodrigo Halloween costumes, but none is as 2023 as her bloody, yet classy, look in the video for "Vampire," the first single off her new album Guts. Sure, some uneducated people will think you're just another vampire victim, but the real fans will know.
Mesh transparent Sarong Wrap
Boulevard Tube in White
Fake Blood Gel with Black Stipple Sponge
Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored
Water Drop Pearl Long Dangle Earrings
Daisy Jones Costume
Fictional singers more your thing? Go back to the '70s with this Daisy Jones and the Six-inspired costume.
Sequin Beaded Fringed Shawl
Perfect Lace Triangle Bralette
Wide Fit Camden Flat Western Boots
Open Front Faux Fur Vintage Jacket
Muse Tinted Lenses by Look Optic
Rihanna at the Super Bowl Costume
Rihanna's red Super Bowl look is immediately recognizable and definitely worthy of a Halloween homage. (Baby bump not included.)
Mock Neck Tops for Women
Men's Tall Size Zip-Front Cotton Coverall
Invisimatte Instant Setting + Blotting Powder
Fenty Icon Velvet Liquid Lipstick in The MVP
Roman Roy from Succession Costume
I never knew I needed to see Roman Roy, a grown man attempting to take over a multi-million dollar media enterprise, in children's clothes, but when he came out in that Walmart Boys' t-shirt, I knew it would be a moment.
Boy's Short Sleeved Pieced T-Shirt
Roman Roy’s Walmart T-Shirt
Mens Micro Fiber Volley Short
Classic Polarized Aviator Sunglasses
Suits becoming Netflix's most popular show years after the law procedural ended is a twist nobody saw coming. Thankfully, it gives you an excuse to put together a relevant Halloween costume out of your best offie looks. Plus, this costume also doubles as a pre-royal wedding Meghan Markle.
Women's Pencil Skirt
Better-Than-Silk Shell Top
Anna Pointed-Toe Stiletto
The Eras Tour Costume
Taylor Swift's Eras Tour features many outfit changes, but none is as accessible or recognizable as her "A Lot Going On At The Moment" t-shirt, which harkens back to her 1989 days. Just don't forget the friendship bracelets!
A Lot Going On At The Moment T-shirt
Wool Pork Pie Hat
Women's Sequins High Waist Shorts
Friendship Bracelets for The Eras Tour
Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty Costume
Belly's style is normally pretty laid back and beachy, which is why it was so much fun to see her embrace a retro style in season 2 when she threw a blow-out party at the beach house. Here's how you can recreate the look on Oct. 31st.
Flower Tile Endurance Light High Waisted Biker Short
Women OrangeLong Sleeve Crop Top
C7skate Roller Skate The Summer I Turned Pretty Summer Sunset
Matte Fluid Eye Paint in Blue Monday
Stereotypical Barbie Costume
Of course, you should expect to see many Barbies out on Halloween night, but that shouldn't stop you from putting your own spin on the iconic doll!
Pink Gingham Dress
White Flowers Necklace and Earrings
Big Bow Barrette
RIP Twitter Costume
2023 will forever be the year that social media was thrown into absolute chaos after Elon Musk bought Twitter, and subsequently renamed it X. Turn this sad development into a costume by dressing up as a dead bird, just place tape in an X over the eyes of this inflatable costume and you've got yourself a very topical conversations tarter.
Adult Inflatable Parrot Costume
RIP twitter T-Shirt
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