If you’re looking for Halloween costume inspiration, look no further than the biggest pop culture moments of 2022 – because there were SO MANY! In a year that gave us everything from a new season of Stranger Things to the rebirth of Hocus Pocus, no matter what’s your pleasure, there’s something iconic for you to dress up as this Halloween.
And let’s be clear: you don’t even have to break the bank to look like any of these most talked about pop culture icons of the year. Honestly, a lot of these looks you can probably build yourself with what’s in your own closet.. and we’ve got some tips to do just that! So if you’re feeling like a Top Gun or Barbie Girl, if you’re interested in playing Squid Games or looking the happiest you’ve ever been in your life, check out thee costume ideas for 2022.
Life in plastic — it’s fantastic! With Margot Robbie stepping into the iconic pink pumps of children’s favorite doll next year for the live-action movie, Barbie is having another moment and Halloween is the perfect time to pay homage. The nice thing about Barbie is … she’s done it all! So, as long as you have a blonde wig and some neon pink accessories, you can be any kind of Barbie you want to be: Doctor Barbie, Rollerblading Barbie, Supreme Court Justice Barbie; have fun with it!
Eddie Munson From ‘Stranger Things’
Chrissy, this one’s for you! The awaited return of Stranger Things this summer meant the introduction of everyone’s new favorite character. Eddie Munson, played by hunky Joseph Quinn, instantly became beloved by, well everyone! And while it might be a long shot (but not impossible!) for Eddie to return for Stranger Things 5, we have a hunch that quite a few fans will be dressing up like him for Halloween this year. And why not? All you need is a Hellfire shirt, some sick, ripped denim accessories, and electric guitar and you’re good to go!
Squid Game Players
There’s no denying that Squid Game costumes will be a hit this Halloween – because they were a huge hit last year too! And with the second season of Squid Game on the horizon, the fandom for the wild Netflix show is bigger than ever. So, whether you’re planning a group costume or standing solo as the last one in the stadium, dressing up as a Squid Game player will be easily recognizable. The best past? The costume is so simple, you can DIY yourself – check out our step-by-step guide HERE.
Anna Delvey in ‘Inventing Anna’
It’s all about keeping up with appearances if you want to play Anna Delvey of Netflix based-on-a-true-story series Inventing Anna. The real-life scammer kept a uniform of high-fashion duds during her scheming days. But she had to trade the designer looks for an orange jumpsuit once she was caught scamming people for tens of thousands of dollars. Whether you play Anna at her highs or lows, a pair of chunky black glasses, a thick accent, and a snarky attitude will have you in character.
Let’s flip through the Euphoria yearbook to get some costume ideas. Too cool for school? You can be a total baddie if you slip into one of Maddy’s sexy cut-out looks, made famous by Alexa Demie. Cassie (played by Sydney Sweeney) may not be auditioning for Oklahoma, but you’ll totally fit the part in her not-so-innocent blue Western wardrobe. Want more edge? There’s always a look inspired by Barbie Ferrera’s Kat. Whoever you chose, make sure to dial your makeup looks up to 11 for any Euphoria ‘fits. We swear there’s enough glitter around for all of us.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Characters
With both the 80s original and the 2022 reboot trending, any Top Gun costume is sure to be a total crowd-pleaser. Luckily, it’s a pretty simple look to nail. Jump into action wearing an olive green flight suit with a helmet. You’ll definitely need a pair of cool aviator shades, too. And to give your costume the extra oomph, a retro mustache, like Miles Teller’s Top Gun: Maverick character Lt. Bradshaw, couldn’t hurt.
Mabel from ‘Only Murders in the Building’
Yeah, Selena Gomez was snubbed by the Emmys this year. So what? Her character, Mabel, was still super iconic and pulled off so many incredible looks in season 2 of Only Murders in the Building. Still, if you’re looking to be instantly recognizable as Selener’s fast-talking, NYC detective, the out she wore in the very first episode of the series is the way to go. No one forgets a gal dressed from the waist up in killer yellow attire. And accessorizing with red Beats? Incredible! If you need help putting this look together, we have a step-by-step guide to DIY HERE!
Get those hips moving, because Elvis Presley is shaking up this Halloween season. The rock-and-roller’s name has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues since the Baz Lurhmann biopic Elvis came out in June of 2022. Austin Butler looked like a total hunk with his dark, slicked-back hair and stylish jackets, making “The King” a killer costume for the guys. And if you’re feeling a little more “ha ha” than hunky, another more meme-worthy option might be Elvis’ sweaty Vegas-era style from the 70s. Love the ideas? Thank you very much.
Dani from ‘Hocus Pocus’
Get ready for a retro recommendation. With Hocus Pocus 2 out, we’re all thinking about the original. Who didn’t want to dress up like a witchy Dani (played by a young Thora Birch in the 1993 Disney flick.) A cute hat, black dress, and sun-covered shawl and abracadabra! You’re ready to go. Want the recipe for the perfect Dani Costume