20 Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas for 2018

Peep our picks and shop the musts to create a killer Halloween costume this year.

September 10, 2018
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Year after year, pop culture paves the way, serving the masses with inspiration to create the perfect Halloween costume. This year is no exception. Steal the show at your spooky soirees and pumpkin parties by shopping our top ideas for trendy, of-the-moment costumes. From blockbuster movies, best-selling books and self-made billionaires to music mavens, we've got a little something for everyone this Halloween.

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The Fab Five

I mean, could there be a better group costume than Queer Eye’s Fab Five?! Pull inspiration from this photo to dress your crew accordingly. Go for an oversized, over-the-top cardigan for the ever-gorgeous JVN of your group. Recreate Antoni’s look with a cool, black varsity jacket, and do Tan justice with a tailored, cognac jacket. Create a killer Karamo look with a metallic bomber. And for Bobby? A very crisp and professional suit vest.

Handmaid's Tale

Recreate all the eerie, unsettling vibes for your Halloween celebrations with an Offred-inspired cloak and bonnet combo.

Paddington Bear

Is this not the epitome of preciousness? Your pint-sized Paddington is guaranteed to melt the hearts of all your neighbors and social media friends this year. All you need is a toggle coat, a floppy felt hat and a petite travel trunk.

Mr. Rogers

Who doesn’t love an easy-to-assemble costume? This one is darling and you could probably find most of the moving parts in the back of your closet (or maybe your dad’s closet). Use a red zip-up sweater, canvas low-top sneakers and a plaid tie for an extra-neighborly look.

Mama Mia

Denim-on-denim and flashy flares? Yes, please. Recreate this groovy look from the gals of Mama Mia 2. Snag a blue-jean jumpsuit, some high-waisted ruffle pants and a tailored, denim vest for a cohesive look, head-to-toe.

Jack & Rebecca Pearson

It’s so easy to love these two. Recreate the Pearsons' wedding day look with a long-sleeved lace dress, flower crown, à la Rebecca, and dress your Jack in a ruffled shirt, brown bow tie and a tan suit jacket.

Black Panther

Where does one even begin when there are so many incredible costume opportunities in one film? Start with a Black Panther costume and let your creative juices kick in to create costumes for the rest of the cast.

The Royal Wedding

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were truly breathtaking on their wedding day and we have a hunch couples will attempt to recreate a little of that "Markle Sparkle" for themselves this Halloween. Step into a sleek, minimalist white dress and throw on a veil and tiara before heading out for Halloween candy with your dashing, military jacket-clad Duke.

Jurassic World: Claire + Owen

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom boasts a killer cast with killer Halloween costume opportunities. Recreate Owen’s look with a green cargo shirt layered under a tan utility vest. For Claire, tie up an ivory, linen button-down over a neutral camisole and throw on a fun auburn wig with bangs.

The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire

Kylie Jenner made many headlines in 2018 — one of them from Forbes, dubbing her the youngest self-made billionaire ever. You know what they say — dress for the job you want. And who doesn’t want to be young and filthy rich? Pull your hair back in a slick bun, slip into sky-high pointed stilettos and get down to business in a sharp blazer with shoulder pads. Don’t forget her signature liquid lip to polish off the look.

A Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse may have happened in 2017 but we’re still not over the celestial vibes of the once-in-a-lifetime moment. Relive the wondrous event one last time and pair up with your bestie to create a solar eclipse costume. One of you dress as a golden sun and the other as a silvery, sparkling moon. The must-have to create this costume? A goddess-worthy sun headdress, moon headdress and glitter galore.


Moana is a major Halloween muse, you guys. Her festive, Hawaiian outfit is sure to be a hot pick for peeps of all ages. Go the extra mile and snag a sweet flower crown from Etsy to complete the look.

A Simple Favor

If you haven’t read the book, do yourself a simple, little favor and do so. Immediately. When you’re done, you’ll be obsessed and want to start shopping Emily and Stephanie’s looks ASAP. Grab a structured, high-fashion A-line dress for Emily and a simple, black dress for Stephanie. Don’t overlook the importance of that martini glass, either.

Wonder Woman

We’re always a fan of girl power around here. Go ahead and steal her look, head-to-toe.

The Carters

Emulate America’s power couple with a powerful, plunging pink blazer and a baby blue, double-breasted suit for the boo. Use a blinding, rhinestone bib-collar necklace and statement earrings to accessorize the Beyonce-inspired look and give Jay-Z’s blue suit some flare with a gold necklace.

Debbie Ocean

So is this a Halloween costume or classic, everyday clothes that everyone wants/needs to have? Both. Use Debbie Ocean as an excuse to treat yourself to some chic streetwear with black sock booties, a crisp tuxedo pant, modern aviator glasses and an oversized grey trench coat.

Adam Rippon

Ah, America’s sweetheart! All you need to pull off this costume is a navy USA t-shirt, black jogger pants, some black gloves and BOOM! You’re instantly transformed into the wittiest, most talented Olympic figure skater at your Halloween party’s punch bowl.

Cardi B

Cardi B serves so many marvelous looks, it was hard to narrow it down to just one. This iconic album cover does the job though, don’t you think? Shop a checkered jacket, colorblock turtleneck and some bold, white shades for the perfect Cardi-costume. Swipe on some purple metallic lip gloss, too, okurrr???!

The Shape of Water

Channel the Oscar-nominated Sally Hawkins as Eliza with a vintage-inspired, A-line dress under a simple grey cardigan and Mary Jane shoes. Push your hair back with a simple, satin headband to complete the look.

Stranger Things

Looking for a costume that’s an instant hit and easy icebreaker for your upcoming party? Just take your pick from the cast of characters of the Netflix cult classic, Stranger Things. Whether you go as Eleven with Eggos in tow, Dustin with his signature trucker hat, the alphabet wall, Jim Hopper or even poor, unfortunate Barb, you’re guaranteed to garner plenty of praise and tons of conspiracy conversations with fellow partygoers and ST fanatics.

Eleven’s Costume — Amazon, $58+
Dustin’s Signature Hat — Amazon, $7
The Alphabet Wall T-Shirt — Spirit Halloween, $20
Barb Wig — Amazon, $19
Jim Hopper Costume — Amazon, $75

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