The Best Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes This Year

October = spooky szn, which means costume prepping all month long in preparation for the big day. Searching for an Insta-friendly ensemble that’s culturally relevant and will rack up the likes and a slew of “omg DEAD” comments from all your social media friends? Well, we got you covered. Here’s a list of costumes that are so 2018, they’re basically Pete Davidson.

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande

Well, you had to see that coming from the opener, yeah? We might still be suffering in the wake of the out-of-the-blue breakup of one of 2018’s most talked-about couples, but consider it all the more reason to pay Pete and Ari a little homage this Halloween. Grab a ratty tank top, an artistic friend with a sharpie, and some dark under eye circles to pull off Pete’s look. For Ariana, an intense high ponytail and significant cat eyeliner are the main components, oversized hoodie and over-the-knee boots for real commitment. This couples’ costume can be paired with a broken heart emoji cutout depending on the actual relationship status by the time All Hallow’s Eve rolls around.

Avengers: Infinity War

Mr. Stark, we don’t feel so good. But our costume game is dead on. (Too soon?) All you really need to do for this one is snag your usual run-of-the-mill Spiderman costume and slap on some black triangle cutouts to give the illusion of fading off, a la the film. Bonus: thanks to the evolving meme-ness of this costume, we’re willing to argue that it can be applied to pretty much anything.

The Carters in the APES**T video

The queen and king of music took over the Louvre for a night to film the outlandishly extravagant and iconic video for one of the hottest tracks on their collaborative album, so what better way to pay tribute to one of 2018’s most iconic music moments than by channeling your inner Bey or Jay. Double up on pastel suits and some glitzy bling to achieve the cooler-than-thou costume.

Respect the é Bring Back Philo

Bring Back Philo

The Old Céline

If you’ve been keeping up with the fashion world at all, you’re definitely familiar with the uproar over all of that Céline (oh, sorry, Celine) drama. We recommend paying homage to the Philophiles with a t-shirt bearing the now-retired logo, or even just a giant “é.”

Cardi B

This was truly the year to party with Cardi, and our favorite money mover has delivered countless iconic outfits worthy of a hauntingly-accurate imitation. You can totally go big or go home with the Met Gala look of our dreams, but we’ll cut you some slack if go for something more inspired by the “You Like It” music video or that green faux fur look.

Jughead and Betty

For Riverdale fans, this is the ultimate couples’ look. A high pony, your old high school cheer outfit, and a seriously furrowed brow complete Betty’s getup, while all you need for Jughead is a lumberjack-adjacent outfit, drooping beanie, and that loner vibe you just can’t shake.

Justin Bieber looking mad fly in Hawaiian shirt

(New) Justin Bieber

The Biebs has made a serious style shift this year from gelled-up popstar to “guy who works at the local gas station on the weekends,” and you can pretty much pull off the costume by visiting any local thrift store or Walmart sale section. Stay comfy dudes, but please, don’t rush into any engagements. It hasn’t worked out that well for most of this list so far.


If the internet is any indication, DC’s anti-hero will be one of the hottest costumes of the year. It’s probably easier to buy this one online than to go for the elaborate makeup look (huge props if you do though). Wildly long reptile tongue is not included.

The Royal Wedding

Buy yourself a ballgown and play an actual princess bride for the evening, as long as your knight in shining armor is there to help you with your train. A boat-neck white dress, extremely over-the-top veil, and low-sitting, middle-parted bun topped with a tiara should do the trick for Meghan Markle’s wedding day look, while Prince Harry’s can be accomplished with any old British military regalia you have lying around. (Oh, sorry, you don’t just have British military regalia lying around? Well, you can always just do a black coat and pants with a bit of red tape, too.)

Viral Instagram Accounts

For the super fashion-oriented Instagram fiends who really don’t care if anyone at the party “gets” their costume, we suggest GryffindiorChecking Invoices, or any other viral Instagram account that we can’t help but waste ample time scrolling through on the regular. Draw a scar on your head and pair it with a “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt and you’ve nailed one of the most iconic mashup accounts on the internet. For the ultimate look in fashionable mystique, find a wildly patterned morph suit and pair it with your most elaborate ensemble. Whatever account you decide to go as, this is really a chance to get a little extra creative (read: outlandish).

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