The Most Creative & Topical Halloween Costumes For 2021

Featuring memorable characters and popular celebrity looks, the best Halloween costumes for 2021 has something for everyone. Instead of dressing up in the usual outfits, try these topical costumes only real pop culture fans will recongize. From Marvel's What If? to Met Gala 2021 outfits, this list of 2021 creative costumes also includes Cruella de Vil (Cruella), Jeff Bezos in a cowboy hat and spacesuit, and characters from Ted Lasso

Vote up your favorite 2021 Halloween costume ideas that celebrate the reason for the season - dressing up creatively.

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  • Cruella de Vil from 'Cruella'

    Cruella de Vil from 'Cruella'

    Get yourself a Cruella wig, and finish the look with any of her memorable outfits. If you have a Dalmation, that's a big plus. 

  • Masked Staff from 'Squid Game'

    Masked Staff from 'Squid Game'

    Love the new Netflix Korean show? Gather a group of friends, and throw on some pink jumpers (or hoodies) and masks. 

  • Inauguration Day Bernie Sanders w/ Mittens

    Inauguration Day Bernie Sanders w/ Mittens

    For a comfortable costume, look no further than Bernie Sanders's Inauguration Day look. 

  • Pink Jumpsuit from Lil Nas X's 'Industry Baby'

    Pink Jumpsuit from Lil Nas X's 'Industry Baby'

    If you're looking for a music video-inspired look, this pink jumpsuit will definitely turn heads. 

  • Anyone from 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage'

    Anyone from 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage'

    Get in touch with your inner symbiote by dressing up as either one of these Spider-Man villains.

  • Alpha Queen from 'Army of the Dead'

    Alpha Queen from 'Army of the Dead'

    If you've got the makeup skills, this zombie costume might be the perfect fit. 

  • Any Loki from 'Loki'

    Any Loki from 'Loki'

    Thanks to the MCU show, there are a variety of Loki's to choose from. Try out Richard E. Grant's Classic Loki outfit or dress up your pet (or alligator) as an adorable animal Loki.

  • Anybody from 'Dune'

    Anybody from 'Dune'

    Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides will probably be the most popular Dune costume, but don't forget about Duncan Idaho's white shirt look or Lady Jessica's cloaked outfit. Plus, this is a great costume with a mask.  

  • Anybody from Marvel's 'What If?'

    Anybody from Marvel's 'What If?'

    Captain Carter? Zombie Iron Man? Star Lord T'Challa? So many options to choose from, and you can get creative with your own What If? cosplay.

  • Spaceflight Jeff Bezos

    Spaceflight Jeff Bezos

    You don't need billions of dollars to emulate the founder of Amazon. Find a blue spacesuit and a cowboy hat, and blast off!

  • Anybody from 'Mortal Kombat'

    Anybody from 'Mortal Kombat'

    Mortal Kombat costumes are always in, but after the 2021 movie, they're become trendy again. Get yourself a Sub-Zero ninja suit, or wear a red contact lense and try out an Aussie accent to become Kano.

  • Yelena Belova from 'Black Widow'

    Yelena Belova from 'Black Widow'

    While Black Widow's suit is always a good costume, Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova sports an all-white uniform. And don't forget the vest because you're going to need those pockets. 

  • Kim Kardashian's Met Gala All-Black Dress

    Kim Kardashian's Met Gala All-Black Dress

    Obviously, you don't need a Balenciaga dress. All you need is a giant black cloth, and maybe a guide, so you avoid walking into things. 

  • Cassie from 'Promising Young Woman'

    Cassie from 'Promising Young Woman'

    The "hot nurse" costume is always in, but with a rainbow wig, you've got a killer look. 

  • Agatha Harkness from 'WandaVision'

    Agatha Harkness from 'WandaVision'

    Looking for a trendy witch costume? Dress up in some cloaks or any of her outfits from the "classic sitcom" episodes. 

  • Beth Harmon from 'The Queen's Gambit'

    Beth Harmon from 'The Queen's Gambit'

    Throw together an outfit from the 1960's with some red hair, and you got it! Maybe carry around a chessboard or patch on some chess pieces to complete the look. 

  • Polka-Dot Man from 'The Suicide Squad'

    Polka-Dot Man from 'The Suicide Squad'

    Dress up like David Dastmalchian's DCEU character with a gray suit covered in polka dots, or attach colorful foam balls all over your body.  

  • Anybody from 'Doom Patrol'

    Anybody from 'Doom Patrol'

    Get zany by dressing up as your favorite character from the DC superhero show. 

  • White Woman's Instagram from 'Inside'

    White Woman's Instagram from 'Inside'

    Carry around a cardboard cutout, while wearing any of the different looks featured in the song. There are other great costume ideas from Bo Burnham's Emmy-winning comedy special, including Socko from "How the World Works."

  • Anybody from 'Ted Lasso'

    Anybody from 'Ted Lasso'

    Celebrate the Emmy-winning series with your own personalized A.F.C. Richmond jersey. Got a moustache? Go for the coach. Long hair? You can make a perfect Dani Rojas. If you have a stubble (and a crabby attitude), Roy Kent's your man.

  • Shang-Chi from 'Shang-Chi'

    Shang-Chi from 'Shang-Chi'

    Rep the latest MCU superhero with a red and black top, and 10 bracelets. Learn some fancy kicks, and you're all set!

  • Tune Squad Jersey from 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

    Tune Squad Jersey from 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

    Get "Looney" with a Tune Squad jersey. Bonus points for personalizing the jersey with your name or your favorite character's.

  • Sheila from 'Physical'

    Sheila from 'Physical'

    Bring the '80s back with the aerobics look from Apple TV Plus's dramedy series starring Rose Byrne. 

  • Dom Toretto from 'F9'

    Dom Toretto from 'F9'

    Want to show off those muscles? Throw on a tanktop or a sleeveless tee, and you've got yourself a timeless costume from a franchise that won't quit. 

  • AOC's Met Gala 'Tax the Rich' Dress

    AOC's Met Gala 'Tax the Rich' Dress

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's dress made headlines and memes, and as a cotume, there are so many possibilites.