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7 pop culture-inspired costumes to expect this Halloween

The only thing scarier than Halloween itself is the question that haunts us each year: “What are you going to dress up as?” While the classic cat ears, vampire fangs and football jerseys will inevitably be on repeat, this Halloween is sure to be dominated by the biggest pop culture moments of the year. 

Whether you’re deciding between storming Area 51 as an alien or taking polaroids as a VSCO girl, it’s going to be a tough choice to make. Thankfully, 2019 blessed us with endless memes, movies and trends to choose from this spooky season. If you’ve had your heart set on a costume idea or need some last minute inspiration, here are seven trendy looks to expect this upcoming Halloween:

Euphoria cast

HBO’s series, Euphoria, has become all the rage since it premiered in June. Along with the craze came a new wave of iconic fashion moments that push bright eyeshadow, rave glitter, rhinestones and all things leather. Channel your inner Maddy (Alexa Demie) with a sultry yet glamorous look, or look to Rue (Zendaya) for a more casual yet relaxed vibe. 

The characters also sported other costumes during the season such as Kat (Barbie Ferreira) in a nun costume, Lexi (Maude Apatow) in a Bob Ross costume and Nate (Jacob Elordi) in a prisoner costume. With a variety of styles featured, it’s easy to ring in spooky season the euphoric way. 

White Claw

There’s no laws, especially when you're dressed like a White Claw. During the trendy season of “Hot Girl Summer,” the increasing demand for the spiked seltzer caused a national shortage. However, there will be no shortage of people sporting White Claw-inspired costumes this Halloween. With the release of “Ain’t No Laws” t-shirts, the costume is bound to be expected this year. Make the costume even more thirst-quenching by tailoring the color scheme to your favorite flavor. 

VSCO girl

It’s time to ditch the cat ears and embrace the scrunchies. Out of all the dominating trends of 2019, the VSCO (pronounced vis-co) girl ensemble is slated to make a popular appearance on Halloween. The meme-fied costume can be easily accomplished with a few key items: a wrist full of scrunchies, pastel crocs, a hydro flask covered in trendy stickers and a classic oversized t-shirt. You can further the stereotype even more by making a few TikToks in the meantime and saying the phrase “and I oop!” 

The Vlog Squad

David Dobrik and his friends known as “The Vlog Squad” have taken social media and the vlogging world by storm. The 23-year-old rose to fame over Vine and now sits highly upon YouTube with roughly 14 million subscribers. If you’re looking for a last minute idea that’s humorous and easy to pull off, this group costume is tailored just for you. Grab your friends, a baseball cap, a black hoodie, jeans and a camera to vlog all your Hallo-festivities. 

Arthur from Joker

Why be a superhero when you can be the most iconic villain? As one of the most talked about movies of the year, a Joker-inspired costume is bound to be amongst the crowd. Arthur can be easily channeled with runny clown makeup, a dashing red blazer and a sinister laugh to top it off. Make the look all the more scarier and show-stopping by walking around with a menacing Joker smile. 

Stranger Things cast

With it’s spooky aesthetic and nail-biting plot, costumes inspired by Stranger Things are sure to circulate each year. Flip your Halloween upside down for a group costume as the Stranger Things squad or a solo costume as a demogorgon. The beauty behind the ’80s style is within the simplicity of using clothing items that you may already have on hand. Grab your khaki shorts, knee high socks and a box of Eggo waffles to pull off the trendy yet timeless look. 

Area 51 aliens

Obviously, the classic alien costume during Halloween will never lose its zest. However, after the recent “Storm Area 51” craze and viral Facebook memes, you can expect to see more joke-type costumes of extraterrestrials. Although Alienstock was a bust, the trendy and last minute Halloween costume doesn’t have to be. The good news: you only need an alien mask and a killer Naruto run. As 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, astronauts suits are bound to be a hit as well. Brace yourself because you will definitely “see them aliens” come Oct. 31. 


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