Despite 2020 putting a halt on many things, there have still been plenty of moments — from TV shows and movies to memes — that are now just waiting to be turned into Halloween costume gold. We know, we know, Halloween is scary this year — and not because of things that go “boo!” in the dark. Costume parties full of masked (and not the protective kind) strangers and kids going door-to-door to collect candy out of a community bucket are (understandably) less appealing this year. But just because you might be skipping out on the usual Halloween festivities this season, doesn’t mean you can’t still win Best Costume from the comfort of your home. (We’re living in the Zoom age, after all.)
And we have the costume ideas to get you there. For a newsworthy look, turn yourself into Twitter’s “Boyfriend Cliff.” On the TV and music front, 2020 has also provided us with plenty of fodder for costume making, from Netflix’s hit shows Tiger King and Cheer to this year’s top music videos, including “WAP,” “Watermelon Sugar,” and “Cardigan.” And, of course, there are plenty of Black Is King outfits to reference on All Hallow’s Eve. Kudos if you can hit them all.
Ahead, click through for 16 ideas you need to win that Best Costume award. Be sure to call dibs: Given how much time we spent tweeting and talking about these moments in 2020, you can bet they’ll be everywhere.
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One of the simplest ways to solve a Halloween costume dilemma is to look at what you already own. And after a lockdown like this one, if there’s one thing we have in flux, it’s tie-dye, well, everything. Over the last seven months, tie-dye sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts, and more have all skyrocketed in popularity. Tie-dye masks are also trending, as are tie-dye socks and tie-dye scrunchies. You name it, it’s tie-dye. So, rather than going out and spending money on a costume this Halloween, simply cover yourself in every tie-dye purchase you made during quarantine. Or, you know, dress up as the result of the other most popular activity of quarantine: sourdough bread.
Reformation Tanner Classic Hoodie, $, available at Reformation
Reformation Classic Sweatpant, $, available at Reformation
Urban Outfitters Shibori Tie-Dye Crew Sock, $, available at Urban OutfittersCarole Baskin From Tiger King
Hey all you cool cats and kittens, it’s about time you start thinking about how exactly you’re going to dress up like the great Carole Baskin from the Netflix smash hit, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, this Halloween. On the bright side, dressing up as the owner of Big Cat Rescue isn’t all that complicated. Rather, all you really need is a leopard print muumuu, a flower crown, and …read more