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Here are the best pop culture Halloween costumes for 2021

We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite pop culture Halloween costumes, from Squid Game to Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look. Shop your favorite looks here, or follow our tips to DIY.

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While classic Halloween costumes like ghosts, witches, and vampires are all good options, the best costumes are often those that reference recent pop culture — art imitates life, right? And with so many viral moments happening this year, there are plenty of costume options to buy or DIY.

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Whether you’re looking for a solo costume or want to get some friends in on the fun, check out our eight favorite pop culture costumes for this year.

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Bernie Sanders

Remember way back when Bernie Sanders became a meme during President Biden’s inauguration? You can immortalize the moment with your own jacket, scarf, mask, and mittens.

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ONCE AGAIN ASKING COSTUME SET, $85

Or get a “sexy” version online.

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Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox

Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox are one of Hollywood’s most prolific couples right now, thanks to their coordinated outfits and excessive PDA. Fox’s style usually consists of corsets and glitzy details, while MGK always pairs his white Doc Marten boots with edgy jewelry and a statement manicure.

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Norma Kamali x Revolve Slip Jog Jumpsuit, $155

To channel the couple’s iconic 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards outfits — most recently spoofed on SNL — get and a white blazer and chrome shorts like MGK and a pink jumpsuit like Megan’s.

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Renowned Carabiner Shorts, $85

Style with lots of silver bling and PDA; extra points if you can get some friends to dress up like Kourtney and Travis.

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Ted Lasso

With just a tracksuit and a mustache, you can dress up as Ted Lasso, the football coach starring in one of this year’s hottest shows. You can even rep Lasso’s team with the same jerseys the players wear on the show.

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Casual Dark Blue Tracksuit, $36

If you can’t grow a real mustache, get a fake one here.

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Kim Kardashian

For spooky yet relevant vibes, dress up as Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala. You can DIY her costume with a black dress, cape, and black facial covering or look for options online — complete the look with your friends by having them dress as Kendall or Kanye.

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Mystery Gala Guest Costume, $100

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Squid Game

At this point, there’s no way you haven’t heard of Netflix’s Korean thriller Squid Game, which follows a group of people in debt who compete in a deadly tournament of children’s games to win a sizable cash prize.

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You can easily reference the show’s contestants by wearing a green tracksuit, or dress up as a guard with a red jumpsuit and geometric face mask. Plenty of sites already have costumes from the show up for grabs, so you can get as many friends involved as you’d like.

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears has been inspiring iconic Halloween looks since the ‘90s, but recent media attention surrounding her conservatorship legal battle has brought the star into the spotlight again.

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Britney Spears “Slave For You” Costume, $150

Pay tribute to Spears with one of her most famous looks: Her 2001 MTV VMAs performance. You don’t need to dance with a live python for Halloween, but a similar green bikini, bejeweled shorts, and lace-up boots should make your reference clear.

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Emily and Paula in The White Lotus

Some of the scariest characters in The White Lotus are Emily and Paula, who add judgment and snarky comments to every scene of the show. For this costume, just try to replicate their beach looks — just don’t forget your canvas backpack and books.

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Canvas Backpack, $37

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Lil Nas X

From his music video fits to his “collaboration” with Satan, Lil Nas X has plenty of costume-worthy looks to replicate. And while you can no longer buy the artist’s Satan Shoes, you can still channel his sinister side with leather pants and red horns.

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Hot Pink Dickies, $18

The outfit Lil Nas X wears in his “Industry Baby” music video is an easy one to recreate.

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