Kelley: Iconic Pop Culture Halloween Costume Ideas for 2021 | Halloween


It is a fact that students are all on a budget due to countless obligations. If you’re planning on dressing up for Halloween, here are some easy and inexpensive costume ideas that won’t break the bank.

Emma Stone’s Cruel Devil

The Disney prequel “Cruella” (2021) added so much to the character of “101 Dalmatians” – Cruella de Vil. This iconic version of Cruella, played by Emma Stone, is punk rock and eccentric in every way. This costume could be distinct with just the classic half black and half white wig – but if you want to pay homage to Emma Stone’s version, a black corset top, makeup “freedom” /mask, red lips and a Dalmatian coat with polka dots will add the distinctive touch. If you want to save money, there are more affordable options for this costume. It would be beneficial to check out thrift stores and items you already own, and there are plenty of options out there as well.

Competitors and guards of “Squid game

The record breaking Korean series “Squid Game” would be a very easy yet exciting costume choice for this year. While some people haven’t watched the show yet, the popular series has become a social media meme, making the iconic tracksuits and pink jumpsuits easily recognizable. To disguise yourself as a “Squid Game” player, all you need is a green tracksuit with Numbers located on the front and back of the hoodie. If you want to add an original sparkle, you can always buy a more elegant tracksuit. Some main character numbers in the series include Seong Gi-hun’s 456, Cho Sang-woo’s 218, Oh Il-nam’s 001, and Kang Sae-byeok as player 067. This is a great idea for an easy group costume.

If you have a large group, you will add even more to the iconic costume by including guards. Reproduction of the guard costume can be achieved easily by wearing a hot pink hoodie with sweatpants of the same color. The guards also wear black shoes, black rubber gloves and full face masks that have a triangle, square or circle on them. there is also cheaper option full face mask which is COVID friendly. Alternately, Amazon to the full disguise available for purchase.

Kim Kardashian at the 2021 Met Gala

You’ve probably seen Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala on social media this year. She broke the internet with her unconventional Balenciaga outfit that was just black fabric from head to toe – completely covering her face. It’s an extremely easy Halloween costume that’s especially good for a cold October night. It’s also a very recognizable costume and it’s a hot topic in the pop culture news this year. To achieve this look you just need to find black fabric to cover your whole body, or a tight dress is a cute alternative. You should also have a black long-sleeved undershirt and leggings. Kardashian’s look included a long black train and face cover, and her hair was pulled up in a ridiculous long ponytail.

Space suit of Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also broke the internet this year with his space trip. Bezos made a short trip to space in his new rocket on July 20. He wore a blue space suit and an icon cowboy hat it was quite comical while rocking some nuances. If you’re looking for a fun Halloween costume this year, Bezos’ Space Cowboy is sure to have you laughing a few times over. Costume pieces are all available, of course, at

Forrest Gump

If you want a simple costume at no cost, the adorable Forrest Gump character is a perfect option. The outfit consists of a plaid button-down shirt tucked into a khaki with a belt, trucker hat, and tennis shoes – he was wearing Nike Cortez – probably clothes you already have. If you want to add a special touch, you can hold a box of chocolates. The character is a classic adorable icon and you hardly have to put any effort into it.

Billie Eilish

The iconic pop star has an extremely recognizable fashion sense. Whichever phase of hers you choose to redo, almost everyone will know who you are meant to be. In my opinion, the look that represents her the most is her neon green to black hairstyle and extremely loose clothing. Some big chain necklaces will add a bit of spice too. As long as you have a wig and clothes three times your size, you’ll get the message out.

A Missouri State Student’s Take on Halloween

MSU students are eagerly awaiting the fabulous vacation and some have already chosen their spooky ensemble. Missouri state students don many unique costumes this year. Evan Reid, a junior in advertising and promotions, has decided she will play fashion icon Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde,” while junior Cameron Housley, a major in communications studies, will play artist Andy Warhol. Like these students, you too can improvise costumes with items you already own.

The costumes of the partners are also always a success. Lauren Horton, a junior communications student, wears a group costume with her six roommates, all as separate Care Bears. Junior PR Major Hannah Hailey and her boyfriend play Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi.

Halloween is one of the most special times of the year when we can travel back in time to childhood and dress up for a night out, but a costume doesn’t have to be a huge expense. Instead of buying an already assembled costume from a Halloween store, it’s much more efficient to buy separate items that you can use all year round – or better yet, use items you already own.

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