16 Halloween Costumes That'll Prove Your Pop Culture Knowledge Is On Point

16 Halloween Costumes That'll Prove Your Pop Culture Knowledge Is On Point
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If you're a pop culture junkie, get ready to shine this All Hallow's Eve: According to a recent survey, pop culture trends are the hottest picks in Halloween costumes so far this year, with the most in-demand disguises reflecting what's hot in movies, TV, music, celeb news, and more. No boring old sexy nurse for you -- the only question is, which topical, trendy ensemble will you be showing off on the 31st?

Whether you're a big fan of Game of Thrones or Orange Is the New Black, you listen to David Bowie (forever!), or you remember every viral social media video of the year, your DVR, playlists, and social feeds are ripe for the picking when it comes to coming up with creative Halloween costume ideas. Whatever is the latest or greatest in popular culture can turn into your identity for the night. 

Think about it. The possibilities are endless. 

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We know, we know -- so many options to choose from. But our list of fun pop culture picks should help you narrow it down, so you can have to hippest costume at the Halloween party. 

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  • Barb from 'Stranger Things'

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    Image via Netflix

    Justice for Barb! Sadly, the character of Barb from Stranger Things came to a grisly end (sorry for the spoiler), but her spirit can live on this Halloween in your costume: ruffled-collar plaid shirt, glasses, and a facial expression that says, "I know where this situation is headed, but I'm a good friend so I guess I'm going along for the ride (even if it spells my certain doom)."

  • Anybody from "Orange Is the New Black"

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    Pick the Litchfield inmate with the hair color/body type closest to yours and all you need is an orange- or beige-colored jumpsuit to complete your look! And, hey, a wig can work, too. (You might also need some fake tattoos or exceedingly on-point eyeliner, depending on which character you choose.) 

  • Sia

    Image via Paul A. Hebert/Press Line/Splash

    And the award for most instantly recognizable Halloween costume goes to: Sia! Because while the big bow is a fun added touch, all you really need for people to know who you are is that two-toned wig.

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  • The US Women's Olympic Gymnast Team

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    Image via Paul Kitagaki Jr. / ZUMA Press / Splash News

    Get thee to a sparkly leotard store and you, too, can be an Olympic medalist! (Just to be clear, though, you won't really be one. Don't go trying any fancy tricks. You'll get hurt.)

  • Mother of Dragons (Daenerys from 'Game of Thrones')

    Daenerys Targaryen

    There are two ways to approach your Daenerys Targaryen costume: Either go way fancy with a platinum wig and regal/warrior chic ensemble, or just carry around a toy dragon in a baby carrier and see if people figure it out (we like the latter option!).

  • 'Lemon'-Ade

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    Image via Amazon

    So you wanna pay tribute to Beyonce's groundbreaking musical triumph but don't feel like tracking down a reasonable facsimile of that ruffled yellow dress (or carrying a baseball bat around all night)? Just go with a straight-up lemon costume and everybody will instantly think of the lemon emoji that took over social media when all anybody could talk about was the identity of Becky with the Good Hair. (You can find this one on Amazon for $49.99.)

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  • Carol from 'The Walking Dead'

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    Dressing up like resident TWD badass Carol is easy: All you need is a sweater set, a tray of cookies, and an attitude that screams "Don't be fooled by my string of pearls, I'll rip out your zombie guts and bake them in a pie."

  • Hillary Clinton

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    One word: Pantsuit. (That is one word, right?) We're big fans of the mint-green number pictured here, but any pantsuit will do -- especially if you carry a card marked "woman" or pretend to obsessively check your email all night.

  • Teyana Taylor in Kanye West's 'Fade'


    Okay, so this one requires a LOT of confidence (yet very little by way of material) to pull off. And you'll definitely be the talk of the party! Of course, isn't anything having to do with Kanye the talk of the moment?

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  • Harley Quinn


    Stand out from all the other Harley Quinns (you know, the supervillain played by Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad) this Halloween by paying attention to the small details, like the gash on her forehead and the popping wad of bubble gum.

  • Pokémon Go Character

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    If you dress up like a Pokémon Go character (we're sure there's no shortage of DIY ideas to choose from out there), will people be trying to catch you all night? There's only one way to find out! 

  • Chewbacca Mom

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    Once upon a time, if you wore a Chewbacca mask on Halloween it was because you were dressing up like Chewbacca. This year, it most likely means you're dressing up like Chewbacca mom. Snag a mask before they inevitabally sell out ($29.98, amazon.com).

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  • Damn, Daniel


    Go viral for a day as teen YouTube sensation Daniel -- but whatever you do, don't forget the white Vans!

  • Hiddleswift

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    Too soon? You don't have to look like either Tom Hiddleston or Taylor Swift to dress up like this now-defunct powercouple; the only requirements are a blond wig and the ability to convey your underlying discomfort to the press through your telltale body language.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio with an Oscar

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    Get yourself a plastic Academy Award from the party store, slap on a bow tie, and draw on some stubble: Voilà! You're finally bringing home a damn Oscar, FINALLY. (Don't forget to vape!)

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  • David Bowie


    There are, of course, many looks to choose from if you're looking to memorialize David Bowie this Halloween, but his look from Labyrinth has the added bonus of being sorta spooky. Can't find a puffy shirt? A spiky wig and equally spiky eyebrows will get the point across.

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