While 2016 has been a difficult year, there has also been a ton of great pop culture along the way to brighten things up. And lucky for us, many of the year’s most viral moments also happen to make great Halloween costumes. With October 31 right around the corner, we took the liberty of drafting up a list of costume ideas inspired by the most popular movies, TV shows, and viral moments of the year. (After all, you’re much more pop-culture savvy than those tried-and-true cat ears.)
Eleven From Stranger Things
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Few characters have made more of a splash this year than the mysterious Eleven from Stranger Things. While she’s a girl of few words, she does possess a unique style that makes it an easy costume to pull together. All you need is a pink dress, a blue jacket, and a box of Eggo waffles, and you’re on your way to being a Netflix star for the night.
Super Simone Biles
Simone Biles dominated the 2016 Olympics, both on the floor and off. The pint-size athletic powerhouse earned over four million social media followers during the games. Biles’s impressive agility and strength warrant comparisons to superheroes, so a superhuman take on the Olympian is our prediction for one of this year’s top costumes. Super Simone Biles is going for gold!
Beyoncé From “Hold Up” and “Formation”
Starbucks Rainbow Drinks
Diehard Starbucks fans love to show off their obsession on Halloween, dressing up as frothy Frappuccinos or drawing other caffeinated costume inspiration from the brand. The so-called “rainbow drinks” (variations of Starbucks Refreshers and fruity teas that show off the color spectrum) blew up Instagram over the Summer, leading our Food editors and resident Starbucks aficionados to call them out as early Halloween favorites. Because Starbucks is a widely beloved brand and the Insta-famous drinks are an easy costume to replicate, we totally agree with their prediction!
Joanne the Scammer
The Internet went wild over Joanne the Scammer this year, and even if you hadn’t heard of her from her Instagram feed, it was hard to escape the allure after she crashed the VMAs in August. It’s a simple look: a messy wig, optional sunglasses, a giant fur coat, and shorts to make it especially awkward.
Harley Quinn From Suicide Squad
Photo Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment
After Jessica Jones hit Netflix, there were loads of sites that picked up exactly how to replicate her looks, and it’s really pretty easy. Dark eye makeup and a dark shoulder-length wig (if your hair is light, or short) with black ankle boots, jeans, a gray scarf, and a leather jacket. Oh, and make sure you’ve got a permanent pout.
The Flower Filter From Snapchat
Pokémon Go was the game of the summer, and as a result, you should definitely expect to see a ton of people dressed up as their favorite Pokémon catches. Just put on a baseball cap, sneakers, and a track suit and carry around a ball—if you’re feeling super crafty, definitely paint it red and white to look like a Pokéball. Get more tips on pulling this look together on this Ginny Di Pokémon Go cosplay tutorial.