Sure, there are some go-to Halloween costumes that require little to no forethought: a black cat, a witch, a ghost, and any of the other standby ghouls favoured on the holiday each year. But if you want to have a little bit more topical fun on All Hallow’s Eve, there’s one place you can turn: the year in pop culture.
This year, the weird co-mingled with the awesome to bring us a number of unforgettable (and yet incredibly transient) pop culture moments that make for brilliantly relevant Halloween costumes, like Pharrell in his giant Vivienne Westwood hat at the Grammys in February or Kim Kardashian and daughter North West’s matching sheer Givenchy outfits just a few weeks ago.
The possibilities are really endless, but we’ve narrowed it down to 10 pop culture moments that make for awesome Halloween costumes. Click through the gallery below to see them all!
If any singular pop culture entity owned 2014, it’s Beyoncé. Whether co-headlining a record-breaking arena tour with her husband Jay Z, landing her first CR Fashion Book cover, or inspiring women everywhere to endlessly repeat that they “woke up like this,” Beyoncé truly ruled the roost.
What you need for the costume: A sparkly bodysuit, nude fishnet tights, and high black pumps.
Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” was undoubtedly the song of the summer in 2014. In the music video for the track, Azalea re-created her own hip-hop-infused version of Cher Horowitz’s world in the iconic 1999 film Clueless.
What you need for the costume: A matching plaid schoolgirl outfit, a blonde wig, knee-high socks, and Mary Janes.
When it came to celebrating the Year of the Booty, no one did it better than rapper Nicki Minaj. Her song "Anaconda," which sampled that other butt-celebratory track, Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," continues to rule the radiowaves across the country. And the video, well, leaves very little to the imagination.
What you need for the costume: A pink crop top, acid-wash denim high-rise shorts, pink heels, and preferably a slew of backup dancers.
Emoji have officially been around for some time now, but 2014 might be considered the year they really took off, from featuring prominently on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram posts to Harper’s Bazaar launching their own branded emoji. They have become a language of sorts in their own right. Sure, they might be nothing new, but emoji are still relevant, and we think they'll continue to be for some time.
What you need for the costume: Construction paper, markers, scissors, and an imagination.
Jared Leto had men and women swooning over his gorgeous ombre locks when he showed up to the 2014 Academy Awards sporting the ‘do. Women found them attractive not only because they find Leto attractive, but also because—let’s be honest—they wanted to know how he achieved the perfect colour.
What you need for the costume: Some hair dye and a strong will.
Last year, group costumes were all about Orange Is the New Black. This year, while the return of that show's second season had the entire Internet in a fervor, the new kid on the block, Canadian science fiction show Orphan Black, is the most timely fodder for Halloween costume inspiration.
What you need for the costume: A plaid hoodie, glasses, a pearl necklace, a slinky dress, and at least one girl who's willing to put her hair in braids.
Way back in January, Pharrell became a literal instant meme when he stepped onto the Grammy Awards red carpet wearing a vintage Vivienne Westwood hat that can only be described as giant. His sartorial choice exploded on social media, including a Twitter account called Pharrell’s Hat that was started within mere hours of the hat’s debut.
What you need for the costume: An oversized hat, a red bomber jacket, jeans, and combat boots.
One of the most exciting pieces of pop culture news that hit in 2014 was very recent: the announcement that cult classic television show Twin Peaks would be returning, with original director David Lynch signed on to helm the project. The show’s three leading ladies, Donna, Shelly, and Audrey, are icons in their own right, and never was this more clear than the October 1990 cover of Rolling Stone, for which the actresses—Mädchen Amick (Shelly), Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna), and Sherlyn Fenn (Audrey) posed.
What you need for the costume: A sleeveless nude bodysuit, high-waisted boyfriend jeans, red lipstick, a comb, and a ton of hairspray.
Which pop culture moment do YOU want to re-create this Halloween? Tell us in the comments below!