32 Pop Culture Halloween Costumes We're Loving for 2023

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Pop culture Halloween costumes: Picketing strikers, Barbie, Beyonce
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Halloween is approaching fast, so if you have yet to think about what you might want to dress as this year, now is the time to start planning. Yes, you could always default to a classic like Tom Cruise in Risky Business or a generic “scary” face mask you pick up at CVS. But pulling together a pop culture costume that works for this year and this year only is infinitely more fun and is sure to ring in many more compliments than a repeat of last year’s simple witch hat. (And don't forget to select a little costumey something for your pet, too.) Here's to pulling together looks at the very last minute with pieces you already have tucked in your closet or stowed somewhere in the house—as well as to freshening them up for this year's news. And now, the 30 best pop culture Halloween costumes to wear in 2023 (and a few honorable mentions from 2022).

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1. Beyonce on Tour

What you need: Blond wig, leotard, boots

We’re not not saying this silver leotard-and-thigh-high boots combo is going to get a lot of wear other than tonight, but you will enjoy yourself in this dramatic outfit. Extra points if you can find a strong fan to stand in front of at the party, to fetchingly blow back your wig like Bey does.

Get the look: Nlife Silver Leotard ($40 at Amazon), Arqa Over the Knee Boots (from $66 at Amazon), Light in the Box Blond Wig ($45; $29)

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2. Coco Gauff

What you need: tennis skirt, racket, trophy

She’s sunny, sharp and, at only 19 years old, Coco is America’s new sports sweetheart (as well as the reigning U.S. Open women’s singles champ).

Get the look: New Balance headband ($11 at Amazon), tank top ($45), tennis skort ($60), Head racket ($139).

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3. Striking Workers

What you need: signs, T-shirts

Fight the power—and have fellow Halloweeners guess which striking union (actors, writers, hotel workers, etc) you are repping.

Get the look: Gotprint poster board ($12), Strike t-shirt ($20; $16), Pyle Bullhorn ($19; $14 at Amazon)

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4. Wednesday Addams from Wednesday

What you need: black dress, braided wig

All you aspiring ghoulish teenage sleuths, prepare to do the Goo Goo Muck dance.

Get the look: Maisonette Ravensmore Academy dress ($51), Naturalizer Mary Jane shoes ($100), Urban Decay black eyeliner ($25), Mersi Black Braided Wig ($25)

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5. Venice Barbie

What you need: neon leotard, roller blades

It's not easy in the real world, but wearing this costume gives you a chance to discuss the year's most marketed film (and to drop America Ferrera's "state of womanhood" monologue).

Get the look: ComfyCamper leotard ($30; $25) Lorna Jane bike short ($70; $60); Wimco knee pad set ($23 on Amazon); Cosmic Skates Neon Roller Skates ($80)

Pop culture Halloween couples: Kylie Jenner and TImothee Chalamet kissing
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6. Kylie Jenner and Timothee Chalamet

What you need: sunglasses, lip balm

What's not to love about a celeb couples costume? Honestly, we’re betting this particular match up won’t be timely next year, but for now, this celeb couple’s PDA and random pairing is punchline-worthy.

Get the look: Dollger sunglasses ($8 at Amazon); Amazon Essentials hoodie ($24)

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7. M3gan

What you need: babydoll dress, samurai sword

We love this murder doll as a men’s outfit—just look at how terrifying producer Jason Blum looked when he dressed up as the title character for the film’s January 2023 premiere.

Get the Look: Keepreal Babydoll Dress Costume ($37), A New Day Opaque Tights ($9), Master USA Ninja Sword ($15 at Amazon)

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8. Queen Elizabeth II

What you need: Gray wig, lime green suit, green heels, silver brooch, pearl necklace, white gloves

You can honor the late queen by recreating one of her standout ensembles, which typically include an eye-catching suit, white gloves and a pearl necklace. If you want to take it up a notch, you can even pair the outfit with a matching hat.

Get the look: Costume queen wig ($20); Cupgriade green suit ($159); Steve Madden heels ($80) Rhinestone star brooch ($10 at Amazon); Pearl necklace ($18 at Amazon)

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9. Taylor Swift on Tour

What you need: sparkly jacket, high boots

So much fringe, and so little time…with boots, a sparkly mini dress and that fab red lip.

Get the Look: Nasty Gal Tinsel Jacket ($168; $101); Lyric Over-the-Knee boots ($280); Rosalind Mini Dress ($72; $51); Urban Decay Vice lipstick ($27)

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Marvel Studios

10. Shuri from Black Panther

What you need: Black Panther Shuri costume set, combat boots

We're sure you've heard the rumors about Shuri possibly stepping up to become the next Black Panther. And if you ask us, she definitely has what it takes. Take your own journey to Wakanda with the full costume, including a jumpsuit, armbands and knuckle busters.

Get the look: Women's Deluxe Shuri Costume (from $22 at Amazon); Removable face tattoos ($8 at Amazon); Black combat boots ($89; $35)

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11. Loretta Sage from The Lost City

What you need: Sparkly pink jumpsuit, pair of heels

Since Bullock played one of the standout characters in The Lost City—one of Paramount's biggest releases of 2o22—so it's only fitting that you pay tribute to her character, Loretta.

Get the look: Aelidaya sequin top ($39 at Amazon) and pants (from $39 at Amazon); Black heels ($32 at Amazon)

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12. Anna Delvey from Inventing Anna

What you need: Shawl scarf, bodycon dress, oversized sunglasses

Julia Garner definitely had fans talking with her standout performance as Anna Delvey, who scammed an entire community of socialites into thinking that she was a famous heiress. (One with great fashion taste, we might add.)

Get the look: Floral print shawl scarf ($9 at Amazon); Off the shoulder bodycon dress ($43 at Amazon); Oversized sunglasses ($16; $14 at Amazon)

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13. Evelyn Wang from Everything Everywhere All At Once

What you need: Cosplay Costume, Googly eye sticker, Black jeans

Evelyn starts off as a seemingly normal mom, then blossoms into a powerful heroine who embarks on a complicated quest to rescue her daughter. While there are quite a few memorable moments across parallel universes, it's this epic action sequence that's seared into our memory.

Get the look: Evelyn Wang Cosplay Costume ($61; $49); Googly eye stickers ($6); Black skinny jeans ($35; $22)

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14. Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

What you need: Galadriel dress, blond wig

Sure, you could opt for LOTR staples like Frodo or Gandalf, but why not take a trip to Middle Earth as the younger version of Galadriel? She's the bold, fierce heroine we can't help but root for—and this costume is sure to turn heads.

Get the look: Galadriel Cosplay Costume Dress ($56); Blond wig ($21); Elf ears ($6)

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15. Mabel Mora from Only Murders in the Building

What you need: Faux fur coat, plaid pants, beanie, headphones

If we could add every outfit of Mabel's into our own fall closet, we totally would. But if we had to pick her best look so far from Only Murders in the Building, then it would have to be this cozy/chic yellow ensemble.

Get the look: Yellow faux fur coat ($55); Allegra K. plaid pants ($37) Zando Beanie ($7); Wireless headphones ($26)

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16. Kate Sharma from Bridgerton

What you need: Teal regency dress, heels, teardrop earrings

If you’re looking for a costume that's equal parts glamorous and elegant, you’d be hard pressed to find better inspiration than Bridgerton's Kate Sharma.

Get the look: Foghorn Satin Regency Dress ($80); Patent Leather Pumps ($39); Teal drop earrings ($30)

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17. Daphne Bridgerton from Bridgerton

What you need: Empire-waist gown, gloves and a dainty tiara

Speaking of Bridgerton, Daphne is another brilliant source of inspiration for your royal look. If you want to add a special extra touch, tote around a pamphlet from Lady Whistledown with all the hottest gossip from the year.

Get the look: Princess tiara ($13; $9); Lace gloves ($10); Blue maxi dress ($14)

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18. Serena Williams at the 2022 US Open

What you need: Workout dress, black headband, tennis racket, tennis shoes

The tennis legend announced her retirement late in 2022, and only continues to be a cultural force. So yes, this means it's the perfect time to channel our inner Serena and practice our serve. (Bonus points if you've got a new baby to hold along with your tennis racket.)

Get the look: Infinity dress ($60); Airlift headband ($22); Tennis racket ($32); Stan Smith shoes ($70)

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19. Anyone from Ted Lasso

What you need: ’70s sunglasses, mustache, coach’s jacket and a whistle

We can’t get enough of Ted Lasso’s infectious positivity, or his comfy coaching outfit. Etsy has great options if you want to buy a realistic looking team jacket or uniform, or you can use colorful washi tape and a printed out Richmond logo to transform any navy zip-up into a coach Lasso’s jacket.

Get the look: Fake mustache ($12); Whistle ($7); Le Specs sunglasses ($95; $48); Track Blue Jacket ($50)

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20. Britney Spears

What you need: Long blond wig, sparkly minidress and handcuffs

The Free Britney movement first came to a head in 2021 with Spears’s father stepping down as her conservator. Then this year, Brit became free once again as divorce proceedings from her husband Sam Ashgari ensued. If you have an old Britney costume (like her Oops!... I Did It Again red catsuit, her Hit Me Baby One More Time schoolgirl ensemble or her 2001 VMAs look complete with boa constrictor) you can simply add a pair of handcuffs and a sign reading “Free Britney”, or you can slip into any sparkly minidress you own to embody red carpet Brit.

Get the look: Blond wig ($22; $20); Lovers + Friends dress ($178); Handcuffs ($11)

Pop culture Halloween costumes: Robby Hoffman and Gabby Windey
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21. Gabby Windey and Robby Hoffman

What you need: A fancy dress and a rose + round glasses and normcore

Fun media couple Gabby from The Bachelorette and writer-comic Robby get our vote for the opposite-styles attract award of Halloween '23.

Get the look: Gabby - Faux rose ($17); Rails Julie Mini Dress ($198; $119); Black sandal heels (from $34); Robby - Round glasses ($39); Chambray shirt ($25 at Amazon)

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22. Wanda Maximoff from Wandavision

What you need: Red one-piece bathing suit, pink tights, red shoes, cape, gloves and Wanda’s signature headpiece

There are tons of fun Wanda looks you can recreate from this time-hopping series, but if you don’t want to be confused for Lucy Ricardo or a generic ’60s babe, opt for Wanda’s very meta Scarlet Witch costume from the show’s Halloween episode. (P.S. If you want to make the headpiece yourself, here’s an easy tutorial using cardboard.)

Get the look: V-Bathing suit (from $35); CozyWow tights ($10); Journee Collection Glorria Bootie ($120; $60); Superhero cape ($9); Wanda Maximoff headpiece ($14); Babeyond opera gloves ($9)

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23. Deborah Vance from Hacks

What you need: Sequin everything and a microphone

Be sure to work on your tight five before hitting up any parties...or at the very least prepare a few quippy comebacks that would make a legend like Deborah Vance proud.

Get the look: Nshypoi sequin blazer ($40 at Amazon); Prop microphone ($7)

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24. Harry Styles at the 2021 Grammys

What you need: Black leather jacket and pants, and a green feather boa

Harry Styles is our fashion inspiration for pretty much every other day of the year, so why not use him to craft your Halloween costume too? Besides, how often does one find an excuse to wrap oneself in a feather boa for the evening?

Get the look: Leather trench coat ($199); Vegan leather pants ($98; $94); Feather boa ($18)

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25. Janine Teagues from Abbott Elementary

What you need: Beige turtleneck, brown skirt, waist belt, golden hoop earrings, lanyard

Let's face it: Janine is the second grade teacher we all wish we had—but we'll settle for watching her shenanigans with the rest of the staff at Abbott. (And of course, dressing up as her for Halloween.)

Get the look: Turtleneck long-sleeve top ($89); Stretchy waist belt ($17); Brown pleated skirt ($32); Gold hoop earrings ($18; $14); Lanyard & badge holder ($9)

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Columbia Pictures

26. Rockford Peaches Player from A League of Their Own

What you need: A League of Their Own costume set, white sneakers

Prime Video dropped a reboot of the classic film that's gotten plenty of praise. Sports fans, gather your squad and join the Rockford Peaches with these epic uniforms, complete with red caps and pink dresses.

Get the look: Baseball Dress Halloween Costume (from $48); Skechers BOBS ($50)

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27. Bernie Sanders and His Mittens

What you need: Blue medical face mask, gray parka, black pants and hand-knit mittens

So, you want a fun pop culture costume that prioritizes comfort over everything else? Look no further than Bernie’s iconic inauguration getup. It’ll keep you warm, cozy and safe from spreading disease, all with a hilarious pop culture twist.

Get the look: Etsy mittens ($28); 3-Ply face masks ($11); ASOS coat ($50; $22); The high-way jean ($98)

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28. Megan Rapinoe

What you need: soccer shorts, knee socks

This July Rapinoe announced that she would retire from professional soccer after the 2023 National Women's Soccer League season, and she’ll continue to give us kicks as an activist.

Get the Look: Blue hair wig ($30; $10); The Victory Store jersey ($28 at Amazon); knee high socks ($13 at Amazon)

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29. Hopper from Stranger Things

What you need: A Hawaiian shirt, light-wash jeans and a mustache

As we continue to anticipate season five, we might as well channel Hopper's laid-back, Hawaiian shirt-ed style. Simple, comfortable and can also pass as someone’s dad on vacation in the ‘80s in case people aren’t familiar with Stranger Things.

Get the look: Fake mustache ($20; $11); Hawaiian shirt ($30; $21); Pacsun Dad jeans ($57; $43)

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30. Fran Lebowitz

What you need: Round glasses, oversize button-down shirt and blazer, loose jeans and practical boots

Martin Scorsese’s Pretend It’s a City made us fall in love with Lebowitz all over again and introduced the writer to a whole new group of fans ready to embrace her signature no-fuss style.

Get the look: Diff glasses ($89); Black blazer ($77); Classic cotton shirt ($70; $35); Levi's Wedgie Straigh jeans ($98); Timberland boots ($140)

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31. Star And Barb from Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar

What you need: Tropical tops, elastic-waist capri pants, leis and a tropical cocktail

The brighter and tackier the clothing, the better. You can also add a visor or large sunhat and oversize sunglasses, or opt for a one-piece bathing suit and coordinating sarong. And don’t forget to blow your hair into voluminous mid-western curls for the perfect finishing touch.

Get the look: King Kameha shirt ($18); L.L.Bean capris ($79); Pack of 12 leis ($13)

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32. Wordle Game

What you need: Wordle-themed dress, Wordle earrings

If you need some creative inspo that's got recent years written all over it, then look no further than this word-teaser game, which took over social media and went viral at the beginning of 2022. (Pro tip: Personalize your look by adding some letters to your Wordle-themed dress.)

Get the look: Ajmatos Wordle A-Line Dress ($56); Customizable Word earrings ($12)

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