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It's Halloween This Week—Here Are Some Easy Costume Ideas

Ideas for whatever your Halloween may bring

You may have forgotten: Halloween is this Saturday. Honestly, who can blame anyone for not being in the festive spirit right now (not to mention not having a firm grasp on what day/week/month we’re even in anymore)? With an impending election and a persistent global pandemic, the world is currently one long horror movie. But alas, with everything going on, celebrating Halloween (if only for an excuse to change out of sweats and eat loads of candy), may actually be just the thing to lift us out of our funk.

And what says Halloween more than the perfect pop culture costume? Whether you’re celebrating with friends (or co-workers) over Zoom, staying in with your roommates for a scary movie night or taking your kids (or nieces and nephews) trick-or-treating (whatever that looks like this year), we have the perfect Halloween costume for you to memorialize the year that has been 2020 in iconic pop culture moments. And bonus: They’re all super easy to throw together at the last minute; because honestly, who even has time/energy to be creative right now?

Easy Halloween costumes for your Zoom party 

Hopping on one of the once-beloved, now-dreaded Zoom calls come October 31? Chances are you’re not alone (because how else do we communicate these days?) and chances are you probably want to put minimal effort in. Whether it’s for a casual post-work happy hour with colleagues, or for a Saturday evening virtual hang with friends, ease is the number-one concern.

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It may be tried a tried and true costume thanks to Halloween 2019, but you can’t go wrong with a good old Euphoria-inspired look. And the best part is—much like your day-to-day Zoom call attire—it only takes effort from the waist (or, in this case, the neck) up! Dip into your severely underused makeup stash this Halloween and put together a bright and glittery makeup look that even Rue would be envious of.


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first of all, GLAM. #boophoria

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Bonus point for glitter tears.

Looking to step it up from *just* makeup? Another great alternative for the Zoom call is to take a cue from the internet’s favourite (and most sartorially fluid) boyfriend, Harry Styles. With the release of his latest music video for “Golden” on October 26, this famous Brit has blessed us with a plethora of easy-to-throw-on but still chic outfit ideas. Have a bucket hat and a string of pearls? Done! Or just have some fruit lying around? Tape it to a sun hat, throw on your most billowy shirt, and you’re “Golden!”

Again, we love the ease of a waist-up only costume.

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Easy Halloween costumes for your scary movie night 

For anyone who’s planning to stay in with friends or family to binge-watch The Haunting of Bly Manor, comfort will be key. And honestly what’s more comfortable than your underoos? (Answer: Nothing.) Take a cue from the Kardashian-Jenner crew (and their latest addition, TikTok star Addison Rae) to go as a Skims underwear model.

Grab a matching pair of bike shorts and a comfy bra, throw on a pair of heels (or fuzzy slippers, if you’d prefer), slick your hair back and spritz your body with glittery setting spray and voila! You’re a Skims model.

Looking for a little more clothing for your Halloween hang? Take a cue from the man of the year, Justin Bieber. While you could easily go as the Biebs and his wife, Hailey Bieber (ie: throw on your baggiest pair of sweats and slides), a chicer take would be to go as JB’s alter ego in Drake’s music video for “Popstar.” Grab your silkiest matching PJ set, thrown on some necklaces and hold on to a bottle of your favourite beverage all night.


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Says she reps a whole different block so I blocked her @champagnepapi @djkhaled

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Expensive cars not included.

Easy Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating with kids

Trick-or-treating may pretty much be cancelled in most places across the country, but that doesn’t mean that some people won’t have kids who need entertaining. Go classic with a cowboy-inspired costume that kids will get even if they don’t know the reference—i.e. Diplo! The rapper has pretty much become the King of the Yeehaw Agenda in 2020, and thankfully for us mere plebes, the look is simple and pretty affordable.


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Sharp dressed men

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Head to the dollar store or your nearest thrift store for an inexpensive cowboy hat and bandana, and use some (body safe) markers to draw on the rapper’s *unique* body ink. Is it original? Not particularly. But is it also *very* Diplo? 100%. Plus, channelling Cowboy Diplo is the chaotic energy you’ll need for an evening that will most likely see you wrangling up toddlers who are hyped up from sugar and being cooped up inside the house. Good luck, friends.

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Easy Halloween costumes for people who are stressed about the election

Inevitably, there’ll be those people who aren’t *really* in the celebratory mood with the U.S. election taking place only three days after Halloween; but that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the presidential theme into your last-minute costume. Look no further than Ariana Grande and her recent homage to influential first ladies of the past. In her new music video for her song “Positions,” Grande showed fans an inclusive, female-run White House, all while rocking vintage 1960s fits reminiscent of First Lady Jackie Kennedy—and it is chic as heck!


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me on my way to remind u all to vote early and also on my way to switch them positions for u

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All you need for this look is a wide headband, your fave plaid skirt and a matching blazer. Don’t forget that winged eyeliner!

Looking for something a little more explicit? Look no further than Lizzo and her iconic “Vote” dress. All this look requires is a black dress and white fabric pen—and you can convey your message loud and clear.

Easy Halloween costumes for people who are braving patio drinks with friends

And finally, for anyone who is set on getting outdoors to see friends, one thing is key: warmth! Which is why there’s no better easy last-minute costume than model Gigi Hadid’s accidental baby gender reveal party. In April 2020, the model—who was quarantining at her family’s farm in upstate New York—accidentally revealed that she was pregnant when fans spotted pink and blue balloon strings in a series of photos celebrating the model’s birthday. But while all eyes may have been on the balloon in question, we can’t help but notice Hadid’s warm AF fit—perfect for a chilly October evening.


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Throw on your favourite pair of mom jeans, a (thick) and comfy black sweater, slick your hair up into a bun and grab some balloons (with gender-specific strings, naturally). Warm and festive!


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Had the sweetest day celebrating my 25th birthday with my quarantine family, who made it so special for me, along with all the love I felt from all over the world! Thank you to everyone for the birthday messages, I carried you with me yesterday!! I am grateful and lucky that my family and friends -near and far- are healthy and safe, and although I missed loved ones I wish I could have celebrated with, know that these times will make us even more grateful for togetherness to be had in the future ! I will never forget my 25th bday! +++The icing on the perfect quarantine bday was finding out my surprise everything-bagel-cake was made by the one and only Cake Boss @buddyvalastro who I have watched for over a decade. I CRIED REAL TEARS! BUDDY! This is a dream come true. I can’t believe you made this cake for me while the bakery is closed. It means more to me than you know, and when we hopefully meet some day you will truly know that there almost isn’t an episode I’ve missed. 10/10 would be a Carlo’s intern whenever needed. Grateful, honored, your biggest fan.

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Whatever you *do* end up doing this O Hallows Eve, just remember that the chicest accessory this season is…a mask! (And we don’t mean the spooky kind.)