15 Best Pop Culture Halloween Costume Ideas for 2020

You'll definitely win this year's costume contest (and a lot of laughs) with these awesome ideas inspired by Hamilton, Tiger King, The Floor Is Lava, Schitt's Creek and other major 2020 moments.

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October 05, 2020

You can always be a witch, ghost, vampire or ghoul for Halloween, but that's not nearly as fun as using your costume to make a witty reference to 2020. Let this year's wildest moments, biggest movies, Emmy-winning TV shows, beloved celebrities and more inform your look, and rock one of these pop culture-inspired Halloween costumes.


Hamilton fans, this one's for you. Nail King George III's hilarious number, "You'll Be Back," with this Halloween costume fit for a monarch. For $14, you'll receive the long red cape and matching crown, which your buddies can easily match with colonial dresses for The Schuyler Sisters or classic patriotic coats for Hamilton, Washington and Burr, sir.

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One of the best things to come out of 2020? Celebrity couples and their babies. If you're looking for a cute way to show off your own bump, take your pick of either Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas or Gigi Hadid and Zayne. For Sophie and Joe, you'll want to opt for a vintage-style Jonas Brothers shirt and black tee and jeans, respectively, and for Gigi and Zayne, you'll want to go with a body suit and jean jacket and another all-black outfit. And don't forget the shades!

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Your search for the ultimate group costume is officially over. Take cues from the most stylish, over-the-top TV family of all (who just swept the Emmys, we might add), and dress your crew like David, Alexis, Moira and Johnny Rose from Schitt's Creek. You'll obviously have plenty of outfits to choose from, but we insist that you start with David's iconic lightning bolt sweater and black pants.

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Here's another clever group Halloween costume idea that the whole family can get in on: The Great British Baking Show. Send your kids to their stations dressed in this baking-appropriate attire, which includes a chef's jacket, hat, oven mitt and name tag. Parents can act as the judges and/or hosts and dress as Prue Leith, Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas.

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This might just be the easiest Halloween costume yet. Take cues from fashion icon Lara Jean Covey in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and use this mock-necked top, a ruffled purple skirt and a yellow headband to recreate one of her cutest looks from the movie. Meanwhile, your partner can rock this Adler High Hoodie to become Peter Kavinsky.

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Yeah, we're still thinking about The Last Dance, too. Pay homage to the greatest basketball player of all time by rocking this retro-style Chicago Bulls shirt with Jordan's number. You can complete the look with a pair of red or black sweats, tennis shoes and a basketball tucked under one arm. Best of all? It's long sleeves, so you can wear it and stay warm all winter.

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Say what you will about Carole Baskin, but the woman is still making headlines. Throw it back to March, when we were all binge-watching Tiger King, with this costume inspired by the big cat keeper herself. You could even pair it with a plush toy tiger or encourage your partner to dress up in a complementary tiger costume.

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Just in case you forgot how adorable The Child is, here's a very important reminder. Make your family's Mandalorian obsession known with this cute costume fit for your group photo op. Your toddler will feel oh-so-snug inside the cream-colored robe, while you rock Mando's suit or Stormtrooper armor.

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Clare Crawley, anyone? After being delayed until mid-October (and sparking a ton of rumors about surprise engagements and last-minute replacements), Crawley's season of The Bachelorette is quickly shaping up to be the most exciting one yet. If you're eager to dig into the drama, snag this scarlet dress and pair it with nude heels and a faux rose. Bonus Points if you include Mr. Right in your getup.

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If you loved The Floor Is Lava, grab your two best guys or gals and go as the highly memorable Virzi Triplets. All you need are matching USA tank tops like this, navy or black biker shorts and sneakers, though you could splatter on some red paint for that "fresh from the lava pit" effect.

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Now this is a group costume idea we can get behind. If you and your family are obsessed with Away, transform into your own international flight crew on an expedition to Mars. Mom can assume the main role of astronaut Emma Green, Dad can become NASA engineer Matt Logan, and thanks to this adaptive rocket ship costume, which slips right over wheelchairs, the kids can join in as Lu, Misha, Kwesi, etc. in matching sweatsuits.

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If we learned anything from Queer Eye Season Five, it's that Antoni really, really loves Corgis. Give your guy the very important task of playing the Fab Five's Food and Wine Expert (complete with a graphic t-shirt and jeans), while you rock this super-cozy Corgi onesie. A button closure down the front makes it easy to get in and out, while a hood lets you show off your adorable ears.

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The arrival of Stephanie Meyer's fifth Twilight Saga book, Midnight Sun, means that Bella Swan and Edward Cullen are fair game yet again. Throw it back to the early 2000s by donning a hoodie, jeans and Converse for Bella or this moody wig, sunglasses and a long gray coat for Edward.

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If you've seen either of The Kissing Booth movies, then you know all about the infamous skirt incident, and why it's so important to have "backup backups." Take a page out of this adorable teen story and snag this blue pleated skirt, a yellow blouse and a tie to become Elle Evans and Noah Flynn in a pinch, or let your guy rock the skirt and a football jersey to become Tupin.

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Thanks to The Boys Season Two, superheroes are more popular (and intimidating) than ever. Shock everyone by donning this stunning Starlight costume — complete with her iconic white and gold dress, belt, cape and gauntlets — and joining The Seven. You could cast your S.O. in the role of Huey or let each of your family members choose from A-Train, The Deep, Queen Maeve, and of course, Homelander.

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