5 Best Pop-Culture Halloween Costumes Ideas for 2021

Unlike the 2020 Halloween, where we spent October 31 mostly from our homes under restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, October 31 in 2021 might be our chance at redemption.

Every Halloween, we have the option to dress in the most classic costumes, but pop-culture icons, as usual, have a profound effect on our choices for selection. For instance, after the release of Suicide Squad in 2016, women and girls worldwide dressed up as Harley Quinn and Joker. Similarly, back in 2017, where Gal Gadot came with her Princess Diana in 

Wonder Woman, little girls to young women, all dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween.

Now, the 2020 Halloween costumes trend, for the most part, lacked the glam, as most of the shows and movies were delayed. But 2021 will have several shows and releases which will incorporate the recent pop-culture icons’ looks into our Costumes.

So, let’s get into the 5 Best Pop Culture Halloween Costumes for 2021:

Wanda and Vision from Marvel’s WandaVision:

This series from Marvel has been one of the most exciting shows on the planet in 2021. Just the first two episodes have been watched around 6.5 million times in America, according to the Nielsen ratings for SVOD TV shows and movies.

The immense popularity of this show worldwide, combined with the fact that the show incorporated sit-com elements and jumped through the different decades, i.e., the 50s – 60s, 70s, 80s-90s, and finally the 2000s. This means to jump through the fashion of the decades as well, giving you a lot of options to choose from, if you want to go out as Wanda Maximoff A.K.A. the Scarlet Witch, or Vision, or even the “nosy neighbor,” Agnes of Agatha Harkness.

Cruella De Vil from Cruella (2021):

First introduced in the mainstream pop-culture way back in 1961 with Disney’s classic animated film, the “101 Dalmatians”. Cruella was portrayed as an eccentric and maniacal character with unique fashion choices, both the ingredients for an iconic character.

Emma Stone’s look from Cruella (2021) will certainly be a hit in Halloween 2021 amongst Women, owing to her eccentric dresses and hairstyle combined with the mash of punk and classic fashion in the 1970s in the film.

Black-suit Superman & both the Pattinson and Affleck’s Batman:

With the incredibly hyped director’s cut of Justice League, i.e., Zack Snyder’s Justice League, more popularly known as “Snyder Cut,” released on March 18. The characters from the gallery of superheroes in the film will be ushered into pop-culture relevance again.

Henry Cavill’s black-suit Superman is one of them, followed by Ben Affleck’s ‘Knightmare’ suit, or even Jared Leto’s Joker from the “Knightmare sequence,” which has the potential to make a comeback in the costumes scene on October 31, 2021.

Similarly, Batman and Catwoman, from “The Batman (2022)”, can also be seen trending in the couple’s Halloween costumes scene in 2021, even though the film is technically delayed to 2022. This owed to the popularity of the teaser trailer and potentially upcoming trailers of the film.

We will surely showcase the immense anticipation of these films through the huge number of DC fans’ costumes. 

 Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso from Cobra Kai:

Cobra Kai, the direct continuation of The Original “Karate Kid” series, is immensely popular due to its nostalgia-factor. The rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence is almost as popular as King Kong and Godzilla, or Yautjas (Predators) and Xenomorphs (Aliens).

With the three seasons of the series reaching around 72 million households in the United States, as per Netflix, fans will proudly rock the Cobra Kai Dojo’s uniforms or Johnny’s looks from the series, while others may choose Daniel LaRusso’s Karate uniform from the series or choose his original look complete with his Karate headband.

Characters from “The Suicide Squad (2021)”:

With iconic DC characters from the roster of villains and anti-heroes, James Gunn’s Suicide Squad will offer a plethora of choices for DC fans. Harley Quinn’s new look in the film is again expected to be immensely popular, just as in the 2016 film. 

While characters like Blackguard, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and most-importantly, Polka-Dot Man set to make appearances in the film, the highly anticipated film may also prove to offer several Halloween costume ideas to replicate or cosplay-as for geeks.

With several other popular characters from films and television getting their releases before October 2021, there is no lack of options. Characters like Black Widow, Bond (and his villain), Hercules Poirot, Lucifer Morningstar, and Sabrina Spellman making a comeback in 2021, the already popular costumes from years ago will be relevant again.

Choosing Your Pop-Culture Halloween Costume

When it comes to pop-culture Halloween costumes, you have plenty of options by using your imagination and creating a DIY outfit or shopping online. The important things to consider when picking a pop-culture Halloween costume include the following: 

  • Comfort: While Halloween is usually filled with crafty horrifying costumes, it’s important to wear one that you’ll feel comfortable with. If you’re planning to use the outfit for several hours in a Halloween event, then you don’t want to end up finding yourself scratching. Cheap fabrics can cause skin irritation. As much as possible, choose a costume with hypoallergenic or skin-friendly material.  
  • Quality: If you’re looking for a costume that you want to keep and use again in the future, then invest in good-quality creative outfit pieces. You can use them in other themed events, like birthdays or corporate costume parties.  
  • Overall Appeal: A Halloween costume should be eye-catching. Choose something pleasant and unique to stand out from the crowd. Get some insightful ideas from the examples of the best pop-culture Halloween costumes above for your reference. 
  • Completeness: Complete your pop-culture look with stunning Halloween makeup such as dark colored lipstick and eye shadow to mimic Black Widow or Wanda Maximoff.

If you don’t like any of the looks for potential costumes on October 31, select the most pop-culturally relevant option, i.e., Michael Myers from the ‘Halloween’ series.