2020 has been a whirlwind year, largely thanks to the global pandemic. During that time, much of popular culture, including movie releases and concert tours have been postponed, but the internet world is still alive and well. This Halloween, the pop culture costumes will pull from the chaos and insanity that has been 2020, taking inspiration from reality TV characters, streaming series and political powerhouses. Take a look at our predictions of some of the hottest Halloween costumes of 2020, then let us know your thoughts on these picks in the comments section on social media.
“Tiger King” Cast
“Tiger King” exploded onto the scene in March and became one of the biggest streaming successes of 2020. It introduced audiences to a host of eccentric characters, namely Joe Exotic, John Finlay, Carole Baskin and Jeff Lowe. Whether you’re celebrating Halloween solo or getting dressed up with your squad, why not opt for a member of this legendary documentary series?
The pandemic has rocked 2020 and many are looking to Halloween to flex their dark sense of humor. Plague doctors will be a big trend this year because they link back to an iconic image we all recognize and make a statement about the modern climate. Plus, that’s one way you can get away with wearing a mask.
Nurse costumes have always been extremely popular, but with the current pandemic we see them being even more prevalent. Plus, there are hundreds of styles available online which range from classic and cute to covered in latex and scary sexy.
Elon Musk and Grimes
This celebrity couple has been together for a while but they shocked the world in 2020 when they gave birth to a son named X Æ A-Xii. Honestly, we thought the name was a joke, but apparently it’s the real deal. Throw on your most avant-garde outfit for the synth-pop singer and have your guy keep it simple with an all black ensemble.
“The Umbrella Academy”
On July 31st season two of “The Umbrella Academy” hit Netflix and Twitter hasn’t been able to stop talking about it. If you’re a superhero fan but don’t want to dress up like the typical Marvel or DC character, this series is a great choice.
“Birds of Prey”
Back in February, “Birds of Prey” hit theaters and audiences were introduced to a ragtag team of female vigilantes. Centering on Harley Quinn following her breakup with the Joker, this film pumped out stunning look after stunning look from the badass band of characters.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
The real Eurovision Song Contest may not have been held in 2020, however, we did get to enjoy this film starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as Icelandic singers Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir. The film features many flashy costumes worn by Ferrell and McAdams, which are perfect for the couple looking to go all out for Halloween.
At the 2020 Grammy Awards, Billie Eilish became the youngest and second ever person to win all four main categories including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. In addition to making an impact with her music, she’s also gained attention for her style and will likely inspire many people to don colorful coordinating street wear this Halloween.
Beyoncé has been one of the hottest singers for the past two decades and in 2020, she released the visual album “Black is King.” The album premiered on Disney+ and featured a number of fabulous looks, including the singer’s all leopard ensemble.
Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian
Although “The Mandalorian” premiered in 2019, it came out after Halloween so it still counts. Baby Yoda took the world by storm and you know there will be tons of incredible costumes depicting these “Stars Wars” characters this Halloween.
On August 11th, Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate and became the first woman of color to be nominated as vice presidential running mate for a major party ticket. So get your power suit ready ladies, because it’s time for Kamala to take the White House by storm.
“Space Force” premiered on Netflix in May and featured performances by Steve Carrell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Lisa Kudrow and Tawny Newsome. The show follows the story of the establishment of the sixth branch of The United States Armed Forces, the United States Space Force and is a workplace comedy like no other.
“Parasite” cleaned house at the 92nd annual Academy Awards, snagging Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. Many critics regard it as the best film of 2019, if not all of the 2020s, becoming the 42nd highest rated film of all time according to Metacritic.
On January 8th, the documentary series “Cheer” hit Netflix and millions worldwide tuned in. Many were inspired by the impressive storytelling in the film, which showed the trials and tribulations of cheerleaders at Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas. Several of the cast members have gone on to social media fame following the show and there’s been an outcry for a second season.
Because of the pandemic, rapper 6ix9ine was released early from prison and immediately jumped back into music. His first single of 2020 “Gooba” debuted at number three on the U.S. charts and the music video became the biggest debut of a hip-hop song on YouTube since Eminem’s “Killshot” in 2018. 6ix9ine then went on to release his third single with rapper Nicki Minaj, “Trollz,” which debuted at number one and he’s set to release his second album this month.