Every October, without fail, certain Halloween costumes get more popular than others. Last year, you couldn’t go to a Halloween party without seeing someone dressed as Donald Trump, Harambe, the dog filter from Snapchat, or Harley Quinn. In 2015, it was all about Netflix and chill, Left Shark, and any character from Frozen. This year? Well, it’s not that hard to figure out. The costumes that are definitely going to be the most popular this year take inspiration from the political world, as well as the biggest movies and TV events of the year.
Now, if you want to be something creative and unique because you want to stand out at a party… then dressing as any of the below is probably not your best option. There’s nothing wrong with these costumes, of course, it’s just that they’re definitely going to get a little played out by the end of Halloween season. If you don’t mind sticking with the trends, then hey – use this article as your costume inspiration.
A recent Ask Reddit thread discussed the most popular Halloween costumes of 2017, and honestly, users were on point with their suggestions. How many scary clowns do you think you’ll see this year? Check out more of the trendiest costumes you’ll definitely spot at least once:
Different Taylor SwiftsPop culture always inspires Halloween costumes, and since Taylor Swift has officially started her comeback, expect to see her influence. User thelostandthefound says, "Multiple Taylor Swift's from her Look What You Made Me Do video" will be popular, and you know what? That is a great idea for a group of girl friends. Each one can be a different version of Taylor Swift! It's pretty cute.
A HurricaneSo, unfortunately, 2017 is turning out to be the year of devastating natural disasters, especially when it comes to huge hurricanes. So of course, as user Picklefoot points out, expect some people to be dressed as hurricanes. Or, since dressing as a hurricane is difficult, maybe they'll be trying this easier DIY costume: a windblown reporter trying to stay upright while standing in the middle of a Category 4 storm. Source
Steve BannonDressing as Donald Trump is cancelled. Dressing as Steve Bannon? Slightly better. User twoverend says, "Slutty Steve Bannon" will be popular, which, uh, yeah. If you have no idea how to be Steve Bannon, steal Saturday Night Live's idea and dress as Steve Bannon AKA the Grim Reaper.
The EclipseHey, remember the solar eclipse that happened recently? That could definitely make for a popular and awesome costume this year. User meinalamia says, "The eclipse (as a couples costume)" will be big, and honestly? That sounds pretty amazing to me. Source
Pennywise from ItAs far as scary costumes go, definitely expect to see about 1,000 creepy clowns out there. User The_Shananigator says, "Pennywise.." and user Sirflow adds, "This, or yellow rain jacket with red balloon." Both are going to be big, so if you have a phobia of clowns... you might want to stay inside this Halloween. Source: Instagram/@gandalf_is_cool
A Fidget SpinnerUser goth_thot says, "god I hope theres gonna be fidget spinner costumes." When I first read that, I thought, "OMG no, that's impossible," and then I searched for it and I actually found one on Target's website. Yes, it's made for kids, but I guarantee adults will be DIY-ing their own versions. Buy this from Target for $25
MoanaGoodbye Frozen, hello Moana. User kaylanderson says, "Moana! All the kids at my school want to be Moana." Sure, it's ideal for younger kids, but anybody can dress as this awesome Disney character - and I guarantee you they will. Source
Eleven from Stranger ThingsUser ChickenTrashy says, "Eleven from Stranger Things." Eleven was also a pretty popular costume last year, but I have a feeling it's going to be even bigger this year, especially since Stranger Things is coming back right around Halloween. Source: Instagram/@haleylpratt
Snapchat Hot DogSnapchat filter costumes have been big for the last few years, but I figured they'd kind of get less popular this year since Instagram Stories took over. But user JeremyTheMVP says, "Snapchat Hot Dog costume" will be big, and you know what? He's probably right. Source: Buzzfeed
Sean SpicerHere's a truly terrifying costume idea, brought to you by user _GreatGooglyMoogly_: "Sexy Sean Spicer, and if you can get a group of girls to go as that, then it could be called the Spice Girls. I've thought this through." I... don't know what to say about this.
A Handmaid from The Handmaid's TaleAs disturbing as it might seem to dress as a handmaid for Halloween, it's definitely going to happen. User jayne-eerie says, "Hot Topic is selling handmaid cloaks." I couldn't find the Hot Topic cloaks, but I did find an entire costume for sale. IDK man, this feels a little too weird for me. Buy this from Oasis Costume for $69
Pickle Rick from Rick and MortyI don't know anything about Rick and Morty or Pickle Rick, but I do know that more than half of the responses on this Reddit thread simply said, "Pickle Rick" so I'm guessing it's going to be a pretty popular costume this year. Here's a giant pickle costume you can use! Buy this from Spirit Halloween for $29.99
David S. PumpkinsIf you're unaware of Tom Hanks' David S. Pumpkins sketch from Saturday Night Live, Google it and watch a clip. It's not brand new, but it got brought up again recently (thanks to Chrissy Teigen) and so it will probably be a big hit this year. User TedMountWashington says, "David S. Pumpkins. I received my suit yesterday." And, as it turns out, the suit is sold out online! Source: Spirit Halloween
Kim Jong-UnIt seems slightly ill advised to dress as North Korea's terrifying leader, but I guarantee people will do it anyway since he's been such a huge topic this year. Most users on the thread mentioned his name as a big costume. Buy this from Wholesale Halloween Costumes for $21.51
Rick and MortyAgain, not familiar with the show, but apparently, it's going to be super popular. User bchemlife says, "Sexy Rick and Morty. I will be doing the rick part, we will see if I can pull of the sexy." These costumes don't look too hard to recreate on your own! Source
The Robert E. Lee StatueUser Truedemocracy2 says, "Robert E Lee statue" and this seems, uh, extremely offensive and weird. I don't advise making this costume! But that does not mean I'll be shocked when people inevitably do it. Source: Getty Images
Wonder WomanWonder Woman was another popular response in this thread, and it's also accurate. Thanks to the movie that recently came out, this powerful female character is going to be an in-demand costume. That's something I can get on board with! Source
A Sexy CatLast but not least? A cat, of course. Girls dress as cats every year! It has to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time. But to be honest, I can't even hate on it. It's cute, it's easy, and it always looks good. And I won't deny this, I've done it several times before. Source
What are you thinking about wearing as a Halloween costume this year? Which do you think will be the most popular? Let us know in the comments.