20 Halloween Costumes You'll See Everywhere This Year
This cosplay is so good, it'll give you the creeps!
Sure, you could dress up as a witch for Halloween this year. You could be a skeleton. You could be one of a legion of zombies walking down your block. Or, if you're feeling like a more on-trend costume could serve you better, you could toss on a high ponytail and become Ariana Grande, put on your most ghoulish grin and embody Pennywise the Dancing Clown, or break out your ice cream scoop and serve up some Robin (or Steve!) from Stranger Things vibes. If you want a costume that everyone at your Halloween party will recognize—and love—these are the Halloween costumes you'll see everywhere this year.
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Everyone's least favorite overall-wearing, red-headed, knife-wielding plaything will come to life this Halloween as thousands of Chucky-clad folks hit the street on October 31st. You can thank the recent reboot of Child's Play for his resurgence (or maybe he's just been following you around since the 1980s, unnoticed).
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been cool, but after a banner year in the headlines (including a bounce back from pancreatic cancer), you can bet that tons of folks will be paying tribute to the legendary Supreme Court justice by dressing up as her for Halloween. Paired with some serious attitude, this set is all you need to channel your inner Notorious RBG.
For years, Spider-Man was one man: Peter Parker. Then, Into the Spider-Verse came out, earned $375 million at the box office, won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and just generally blew everyone's minds to pieces—all without relying on Peter Parker as the web-slinging hero. Rather, Miles Morales—a half-black, half-Latino middle-schooler in New York—took center stage, introducing mass audiences to a brand new Spidey. Bonus: His suit is way cooler than Peter's.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Just when you thought you could walk by the sewers without yelping in fear, they release the second installment of the rebooted It franchise. And with the demented dancing clown back on screens (raking in nearly $200 million in box office sales, to boot), you can bet you'll be seeing tons of Pennywise costumes this Halloween. After all, we all float down here.
Freddie Mercury has been a rock legend for the better part of 50 years, and with Rami Malek's stunning performance as the Queen front man in Bohemian Rhapsody, Halloween celebrants of all ages will be donning their own glam gear to embody the iconic rocker's essence.
Steve and Robin from Stranger Things
Stranger Things has been a hit for years now, but it wasn't until the most recent season that we got the show's best character pairing: Robin and Steve. And while (spoiler alert!) the characters weren't exactly a love connection on the show, going as the dynamic duo in their Scoops Ahoy uniforms might just be one of the year's best costumes—for couples or demon-fighting BFFs alike.
Is "Baby Shark" one of the most irritating earworms of all time? Yes. Is it going to be one of this year's biggest Halloween costumes? Also yes.
Sure, we've had Batman movies before, but Joaquin Phoenix's haunting performance in Joker—which has received rapturous praise—is sure to have tons of DC fans breaking out their clown makeup and colorful suits this Halloween. Bonus points if you can perfect the villain's haunting laugh by the 31st.
From her hit single ("Bad Guy") to her unique style to her refusal to don skimpy outfits to court music industry approval, there's no denying that Billie Eilish is cultural tour de force. And this Halloween, you can bet your oversized neon green pants that folks will be dressing up like the legend in the making.
Archie from Riverdale
Pennywise isn't the only redhead who'll be getting some love from fans this Halloween. If you want an easy, comfortable get-up that works great as part of a group costume, this Archie Andrews costume is perfect for Riverdale fans—and longtime devotees of the comics that inspired it.
Angelina Jolie has once again taken her rightful place on the throne as Maleficent in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. And while it may be hard to emulate her gravitas (or those cheekbones!), you can always nab this stylish dress and headgear combo, letting everyone know in an instant just what kind of wicked you are.
Pikachu has been a popular character for decades, but with Detective Pikachu hitting the big screen this year, you're going to see countless furry little yellow Pokémon hitting the streets this Halloween. Pair it with a Tim costume (and maybe a Snorlax and a Jigglypuff) and you've got a great costume for your whole family or friend group.
The Genie from Aladdin
The Robin Williams' version of the genie in the original Aladdin was classic. Will Smith's CGI version in the 2019 remake was… strange, to put it mildly. Whether you loved the new edition of the film or just thought its effects were bizarre, you can count on not being the only person to think this is a genius costume this year—whether worn ironically or not.
Men in Black
Here come the Men…er, men and women, in black. With the movie's 2019 reboot (starring Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth) still fresh in the minds of the franchise's fans, you're sure to see this costume on folks of ages this year—if you can remember you saw them in the first place, that is.
The Momo Challenge may have turned out to be a hoax, but that doesn't make the sculpture the viral image was based off of any less real—or terrifying, for that matter. Sadly for scaredy-cats, you're going to be seeing her haunting face—with its unforgettable eyes and unmistakable grimace—everywhere this Halloween.
30 to 50 Feral Hogs
Sadly for Twitter user Willie McNabb, aside from a stronger fence, we haven't come to a consensus on how exactly to keep those 30 to 50 feral hogs out of his yard. What we have gotten from his viral tweet, however, is the costume that keeps on giving this Halloween. Go on your own as a pig, or round up 30 to 50 of your closest friends and some small children to really get the point across like ol' Willie.
She made us grateful for our exes with "Thank U Next." She showed us the true path to happiness (it involves Louboutins, for the uninitiated) with "7 Rings." And for those who stan a high-ponytailed queen, this Halloween is going to be all about Ariana Grande costumes, from this adorable bunny ears mask (the same set Pete Davidson once had tattooed on his neck—RIP!) to the classic Regina George costume she wore in "Thank U Next."
A Cat from Cats
So, Cats is back—to the delight of fans of the original Broadway show and (the horror of folks who watched the trailer). If you want to have a meme-worthy costume this Halloween, all it takes is some stripes, a tail, whiskers, and, of course, a haunting rendition of "Memory," if you can pull it off.
You can debate the merits of White Claw ad nauseam—is it a great alternative to cocktails? Is it Zima in a cuter package? Is it basically a hangover in a can? Regardless of your feelings on 2019's spiked seltzer of choice, you're sure to see this costume at countless parties this Halloween. Or, if you have the guts to wear it yourself and have five friends willing to do the same, you can go as a six-pack.
Sexy Mister Rogers
Sometimes, a costume is so bad, so offensive, so destined to ruin your childhood that it's actually worth wearing. This year's top entrant into that category is the much-maligned Sexy Mister Rogers costume—basically a collar, tie, cropped cardigan, and pair of gray hot pants—that's sure to overtake the usual sexy witches, sexy animals, and sexy zombies as this year's most popular, albeit perplexing, midriff-bearing ensemble. And if you want to get your pet in on the fun this year, check out these 20 Adorable Dog Halloween Costumes You Can Buy Online.
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