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Five Halloween costume ideas for pop culture fans

Discover Halloween costume inspiration for the upcoming holiday, drawing from an array of pop culture references from films to musical artists.
Sofia El-Shammaa
Graphic depicting Halloween costumes and decorations. (Hustler Multimedia/Sofia El-Shammaa

Spooky season has burst onto the scene! It’s time to cozy up with “Hocus Pocus,” savor the crisp air and let the fallen leaves serenade you on your walk to class. But hold onto your broomsticks, because Halloweekend is on the horizon! Amid midterms and other personal responsibilities, brainstorming trendy and cute costumes might seem as daunting as facing the Sanderson sisters. Fear not! We’ve brewed up six wickedly awesome costume ideas to kickstart your pumpkin-packed holiday spirit. 

“The Shining” Twins

Get ready for a spine-chilling Halloween with “The Shining,” the horror film to end all horror films. To rock this iconic and terrifying look, slip into a babydoll blue dress, deck yourself out in white knee-high socks, step into those haunting black Mary Jane shoes and top it off with a crisp white bow. Why go solo when you and your friend can be the ultimate duo? Remember, trendsetters like Emma Chamberlain, Maude Apatow and Sydney Sweeney recently rocked this classic look, so don’t miss the chance to join the trend!

“The Princess Diaries”

Why be Cinderella or Snow White when you can be the modern-day princess herself, Mia Thermopolis? Step away from the glass slippers and slip into some sneakers because “The Princess Diaries” is the ultimate feel-good film of our generation! Who can resist the fabulous sunglass and tiara combo? Step into your favorite white gown and tune into tranquility with your trusty wired headphones! It’s time to ditch the pumpkin and ride your scooter to the coolest costume party in Genovia.

“Men in Black”

Blast back to the ‘90s with “Men in Black,” the coolest costume adventure of all time! Whether you’re going solo or partnering up, the MIB style is the way to go. Grab a sleek suit and some shady shades, but don’t stop there! Elevate your look with top-secret gadgets like the “neuralyzer” or craft your own agent badge for extra flair. Make this Halloween an intergalactic mission to remember!


With Beyoncé’s “RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR” becoming the highest-grossing tour of all time, dressing up as her for Halloween is the ultimate tribute. This is your chance to shimmer and shine like a true pop sensation, so if glitter and silver make your heart race, this outfit is your destiny. The “RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR” was all about that silver glam, so make sure to dazzle and bedazzle from head to toe. And if you’ve got a sparkling cowboy hat stashed away, dust it off — it’s the missing piece to your superstar transformation. 

Maxine from “X”

Last year, “X” and “Pearl” stormed the theaters, haunting our dreams and solidifying their reign as top-tier horror flicks. To fully embody the iconic Maxine, don brown cowboy boots and overalls with the timeless touch of blue eyeshadow. Embrace Maxine’s sardonic charm and you’ll nail this transformation effortlessly.

In the spirit of Halloween, these costume ideas offer a fun and trendy way to celebrate the holiday. Whether you’re a classic horror or modern pop culture fan, there’s something to spark your creativity and make this Halloween memorable. So, go ahead, pick your favorite, and let the festivities begin!

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Mariana Bernardez
Mariana Bernardez, Staff Writer
Mariana Bernardez (‘27) is from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and studies human and organizational development and political science at Peabody College. When not writing for The Hustler, you can find her making playlists, going on hikes and exploring city restaurants. You can reach her at [email protected]
Sofia El-Shammaa
Sofia El-Shammaa, Staff Writer and Photographer, Data and Graphics Staffer
Sofia El-Shammaa (‘27) is majoring in political science and communication studies in the College of Arts and Science. When they’re not writing or making graphics, you can find them with their cat, Mochi, watching bad movies or reading good books. You can reach them at [email protected].
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