There are a lot of Halloween costume options out there, but one of my personal favorites is doing something that is culturally relevant. You know, a costume that is based on something that happened in the last few months that shows people that you are *cool* and *trendy* and you always know what’s going on in Hollywood and also the news and also social media. Sure, throwback pop culture costumes are fun, but doing something more recent can sometimes be even more fun. Each new year presents us with new options. Last year, in 2015, you couldn’t go to a Halloween party without running into someone dressed as an emoji or as the Netflix and Chill couple or even pizza rat. In 2014, there were 800 Miley Cyrus’s running around. This year, 2016, is no exception – there are tons of pop culture costumes to choose from.
2016 has been, uh, an interesting year, which is putting it mildly. This is bad for a lot of reasons, like that America is in the middle of the worst election ever in history (IMO) and everything is going downhill. But the upside is that we can choose to see the silver lining by making these things into a Halloween costume that says you are clever and very cool on the Internet. Here are a few pop culture Halloween costume ideas that will only work in 2016, because by the time 2017 rolls around, we will never want to see these again. Or the world will have ended. Either way! Check out these ideas, and take advantage of them while you can:
Arthur's Fist2016 was, for some reason, the year Tumblr users became obsessed with using innocent Arthur screenshots in not-so-innocent ways. Somehow, a close-up view of Arthur's closed fist became a meme we can all resonate with, and it also makes for an excellent Halloween costume that shows you are very ~trendy. It's also easy and cozy, aside from the fact that you need to clench your fist literally all night. Source
Beyonce from LemonadeIs there a costume more epic than Beyonce's Lemonade costume? No, there is not. Channel your inner queen with this idea. You'll need a yellow dress, a baseball bat, boots, and all the attitude you have. Just don't be offensive AF and do black face, okay? Because that is never acceptable. Source
Ken BoneWhy yes, I am talking about undecided voter Ken Bone, who asked a question during the second presidential debate and instantly became an Internet superstar (he was even offered a porno deal!). Yes, there IS a sexy Ken Bone costume available on the market. Yes it IS sold out, even though it is not hard to make on your own. Is this Ken Bone costume not the perfect way to describe 2016? Anyway, if you want to make this pop culture reference, do it now, because I promise you it won't be back for 2017. Source
DeflategateNo offense, but I hate football. Even I, someone who refuses to watch any game, knew about #DeflateGate, AKA the football scandal where the New England Patriots were accused of tampering with footballs in order to win. Tom Brady was eventually suspended for a few games due to the controversy. ANYWAY. It might seem like a long, long time ago, but it happened after last year's Halloween, and so you can TOTALLY wear this couples costume this year. It's very clever! Source
The Miss Universe MistakeAt the end of 2015 we all watched in horror (or, in my case, delighted amusement) as Steve Harvey read the wrong name for the winner of Miss. Universe. It was awkward and full of second-hand embarrassment, and kind of sad, but also funny if you hate pageants, and... anyway, it was just a one-of-a-kind story. Turn this into your Halloween costume with your bestie for rave reviews. Source
HarambeOr should I say, *~sexy~* Harambe? This past year, we as humankind hit a new low when we, A, victim blamed a little boy for getting into a gorilla pit, and B, putting the life of Harambe, a majestic gorilla, before said little boy. It happened a long time ago, and you would THINK that we would get over it and move on because damn, we are embarrassing, but no. Harambe memes live on, as does this Harambe costume, and many DIY versions. If you're going to do it, get it out of your system now. Source
The Fab FiveI know it feels like 18 years ago, but just this past summer, we watched the US gymnastics team, AKA the Fab Five dominate in the Olympics. They were incredible! They also make for an amazing group costume full of girl power and awesomeness. If you can't get together a few girls, you can just be a US Olympic gymnast. Still awesome. Source
Caveman SpongebobCaveman Spongebob was one of my favorite memes of 2016, and I am so happy that this costume is a thing that exists. In case you need a refresher, someone on the Internet pulled up a screenshot of Spongebob as a caveman, and it quickly became the perfect meme. Use a printer to make this mask, put on a brown dress, and pose like this every minute of the night. Source
Whip and Nae NaeThe song "Watch Me (Whip/NaeNae)" by Silento came out in 2015, but this is STILL a valid 2016 costume because I JUST came across this DIY magic and because I wrote this article so I can control it!! Anyway, this is both horrifying and awesome and you should maybe - or maybe not - copy it. Source
Damn DanielRemember when literally everyone you knew was walking around saying things like, "Damnnnnnn Daniel!" when it didn't make sense, or "Stussy, baby, Stussy" when they didn't know what "stussy" was, or saying "Damnnnnnnnn *whatever your name is*" about anything? It was all thanks to the Damn Daniel Vine, a cultural phenomenon I still do not quite understand, but DO appreciate very much. So, if you want to be Damn Daniel, do it now, because it was over almost as fast as it started.
Dat BoiYes, I am suggesting that you buy yourself a neon green bodysuit and unicycle, neither of which you will ever use again, so that you can be the Dat Boi meme, a meme I will never truly get but will always truly love. This is mainly because you can walk around and say, "Here come dat boi" and annoy everyone, but also because it is awesome. Source
Don't Grab My PussyRecently, Donald Trump was exposed for old comments about how he can grab women by the pussy when he finds them hot. Charming! And also totally appropriate for the person running for the highest office in the world. LOL IT'S FINE WE'LL BE OKAY AMERICA. Anyway, reclaim the phrase as your own with this epic costume idea. Source
The Dog Filter (Or Any Snapchat Filter)Snapchat costumes have definitely replaced emoji costumes (sorry BFFs who wanted to be the dancing twins). The best Snapchat filter is, without a doubt, the dog filter, for reasons I can't quite explain but just know in my heart. Do the costume now, because next year it will be old news. Source
Joanne The ScammerIf you are not familiar with Internet sensation Joanne The Scammer, I have no words for you. Be Joanne with this epic costume idea because it is incredible. That's it! You have to do it in 2016! Source
La Croix2016 is the ONLY year you can get away with wearing a La Croix costume. What even IS La Croix? Have I been missing out on something awesome? Is there a reason it is everywhere in a lot of Instagram photos? Is this costume even possible to make? Source
Michael Phelps2016 is the year in which Michael Phelps dominated the Olympics and everyone's hearts, and you should dress up as him for Halloween. Or, you can do a couples costume and be his wife and have your bae be him. OR if you have a little family, do this. Or just carry a doll around. IDK your life! Source
Barb and Eleven from Stranger ThingsI have not watched Stranger Things yet, and so I do not have any idea who Barb or Eleven is, but I do know that I can't look up a costume without stumbling upon one of these. My understanding is that if you do not dress up in one of these costumes, you can not participate in Halloween this year. Source
Donald Trump and Hillary ClintonBy the time Halloween 2017 rolls around, people are going to be so sick of hearing about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that their costumes will be made illegal. So, do it now while you can! Source
Harley QuinnThis is the last year EVER you can be Harley Quinn. Okay, that's a lie, but I wish it weren't, because I can't handle one more Harley Quinn costume. I mean, don't get me wrong, y'all look fabulous, but it's just getting to be too much. Source
Pokemon Go CostumesRemember when no one could stop talking about Pokemon Go and everyone was walking into each other staring at their phones? Capitalize on the game's popularity, and be your favorite Pokemon character this Halloween. Source
PrinceI mean, sure, you can be Prince whenever you want, but we lost this pop culture icon this year, so it is an especially relevant costume now. Source
Which one of these pop culture costumes is your favorite idea? What did we forget to add? Tell me in the comments!