21 Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2020
Whether you're heading to a Halloween party or on trick-or-treat duty, these costumes inspired by the year's hottest movies, TV shows, video games, and cultural trends are fun for the whole family.
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The most “it” Halloween costumes
There’s no doubt that Halloween will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip the best part. Even if you decide to forego a big bash or *gasp* trick-or-treating, you can still dress up as your favorite character while you watch one of these 20 Halloween movies that will scare you senseless. After months of binge-watching TV shows, catching up on all of the movies you wanted to see but hadn’t had the time to watch, or gaming with friends after a long day of distance learning, we came out of quarantine with a few favorites. Here are some of the most popular Halloween costumes for 2020. While you’re at it, here are 12 things you probably never knew about Halloween.
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Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin from Tiger King
Hey all you cool cats and kittens! We’re not saying it’s all Carole Baskin’s fault, but 2020 has been a pretty rough year. Grab your best frenemy and deck yourself out in a sequined jacket a la the Tiger King, or throw on a flower crown, hop on your bicycle and ride around your neighborhood Carole Baskin style. Here are 14 reasons why you shouldn’t keep endangered animals as pets.
Alexander Hamilton and the Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton
Starting at $43.33
While you may not be able to visit the greatest city in the world to see Hamilton on Broadway, you are not throwing away your shot when it comes to having one of the best group Halloween costumes this year. More people than ever were able to watch this Tony award-winning musical after it started streaming on Disney+. Grab your sweetheart and go as Alexander and Eliza, or grab your two besties and dress up as the iconic Schuyler sisters, Eliza (you’ll need a green dress), Angelica (pink), and Peggy (yellow). Work! While you’re waiting for the city to reopen, here are 20 Broadway musicals you really should have heard by now.
Elsa and Anna from Frozen 2
Some things never change, like the insane popularity of Disney’s Frozen, especially after Disney+ did fans a solid and released it earlier than anticipated on the streaming service. This year, your little Arendellians can choose from Anna or Elsa’s stylish traveling costumes. Or they can embrace their destiny as the snow queen of Ahtohallan in Elsa’s stunning white gown. We don’t anticipate its popularity to wane anytime soon, but did you know that Frozen was almost a massive failure?
Your favorite character from Schitt’s Creek
Ew David! As if 2020 wasn’t already the worst year ever, Schitt’s Creek aired its series finale. But don’t let that make you act like a disgruntled pelican this Halloween. Instead, be simply the best in a Schitt’s Creek DIY costume. Check out this David inspired outfit (or sweatshirt, kilt, and white sunglasses (don’t forget to add a pair of black jeans and Converse sneakers). Looking to go out as the iconic Moira Rose? Shop the perfect wig, dress up in your best black and white ensemble, champion oneself and say, “I am ready for this!” Did you know that Schitt’s Creek is actually a Canadian sitcom? Here are 25 famous people you didn’t know were Canadian.
The Black Panther
A humble king. A human warrior who, by a fierce dedication to saving his nation, became superhuman. The Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed him, can be said to be one and the same. Pay homage to Chadwick Boseman, who succumbed to colon cancer in August, by dressing up as the Black Panther. Wakanda forever. Read on for 15 surprising facts about your favorite superheroes.
Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian
Starting at $39.48
So cute he is. The Child, also dubbed Baby Yoda (though he is not actually the Yoda) took the world by storm when he made his debut on Disney’s The Mandalorian in November of last year. We’re sure your baby is adorable, but we can pretty much guarantee that this Baby Yoda costume will take that cuteness to a whole other level. And for the biggest Star Wars fans, here are 20 funny Star Wars jokes and puns for both sides of the force.
Harley Quinn from Birds of Prey
As DC’s best-selling female character, it’s no surprise that Harley Quinn got her own starring role in this year’s Birds of Prey. She’s finally rid of the Joker and ready to take on the world with her girls. Dress up as the hottest female superhero of the year, complete with mallet and wig (sold separately), and take on the world with your own girl gang.
Steve or Enchanted Diamond from Minecraft
Although Minecraft has been around for a while, it hasn’t lost its lure for young gamers. The whole family can join in on the fun by creating the ultimate Minecraft house. Dress up as the game’s default skin Steve (think Tom from MySpace), Creepers, or enchanted diamond armor.
Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog
Children of the ’90s, rejoice. From fashion trends to nostalgia toys, it seems like the ’90s are making a comeback! One of our favorites to do so is Sonic the Hedgehog. The hugely popular video game debuted in 1991 and is still going strong on new gaming systems almost three decades later. The latest movie starring Jim Carrey and James Marsden was released earlier this year, so we expect to see plenty of blue hedgehogs ringing the doorbell this Halloween. Find out the truth behind these 14 spooky Halloween superstitions and how they came to haunt us.
Starting at $18.00
The official earworm—uh, we mean anthem—of preschoolers everywhere happens to make an adorable Halloween costume for tiny trick-or-treaters. “Baby Shark,” the popular song about a family of sharks that’s sung by a chorus of children, has actually been around since about 2017. But as parents of toddlers know all too well, the tune never goes out of style with the junior set. This comfortable, colorful romper even comes with a sound chip that plays the original song—just so everyone knows it’s not any old shark, do-do-do-do-do. These are 15 Halloween etiquette rules you probably don’t know about.
Rey from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Starting at $28.79
Jedi Knights in training can channel the Force in head-to-toe Rey regalia, just like the films’ beloved superheroine, especially popular after the series wrapped up. The polyester costume comes with a drapey top, elastic waist pants, sleeves, a waist pouch, and a single cuff. Just don’t enter the fray without your lightsaber! The history of these Halloween traditions will creep you out.
Iron Man from Avengers: Endgame
Little superheroes can go incognito this Halloween while celebrating the latest Avengers installment in a head-to-toe armored suit that’s officially licensed in partnership with Marvel Studios. This Iron Man jumpsuit is the real deal, from its “titanium” mask right down to its red shoe covers. But its gold arms and legs are what really distinguishes this costume as the Mark 85 design that Iron Man rocks in Endgame. After all, details are important when it comes to saving the universe from destruction.
Brite Bomber and Dark Voyager from Fortnite
Starting at $49.99
You might be able to pry your gamers away from the console for a day, but there’s not much you can do to curb their Fornite fascination. So you might as well encourage them to team up for some real-life adventure. Brite Bomber and Dark Voyager are two of the most popular skins in the game, and these kid-sized costumes are right on point, as they’re officially licensed products. Brite Bomber’s purple jumpsuit-and-pink crop top costume comes with every accessory but the boots (anyone else getting Rainbow Brite vibes?), and Dark Voyager’s futuristic spacesuit costume includes a helmet with an attached visor. Here’s how Halloween is celebrated around the world. (We’re guessing it’s not by dressing up as Fortnite characters!)
Forky from Toy Story 4
Starting at $28.99
Toy Story 4 hit theaters last summer with brand new character Forky making his screen debut. Since then, the spunky spork with the googly eyes was given his own spinoff on Disney Plus: a series of hilarious shorts called Forky Asks a Question. This kids’ costume comes with a white jumpsuit, red fuzzy gloves to replicate Forky’s pipe-cleaner limbs, and a mask featuring the character’s big blue smile. What really happened to Andy’s dad in Toy Story?
The saga of this washed-up, cynical humanoid horse actor wrapped up its sixth and supposed final season on Netflix this year. Still holding out hope for a return? You’re not alone, and all the more reason to finally get your hooves on that BoJack Horseman costume. All you need is a blazer and some casual duds, including a pair of red Converse sneakers. And, of course, this is an officially licensed horse mask with BoJack’s exact markings. Consider adding a pair of aviator sunglasses like the ones the anti-hero likes to wear when he’s cruising around in his convertible.
Master Chief and Cortana from Halo: Master Chief Collection
The popular video game series Halo: Master Chief Collection launched on PC last year, much to the delight of gamers everywhere, and has been a huge success. The 26th century-era protagonist is a Spartan leader decked out in futuristic military fatigues, and this full-body costume comes complete with a half mask and muscles built into the torso. The costume of Cortana, the artificial intelligence character and sometime love interest of Master Chief, comes with a skintight purple jumpsuit. Top it off with a matching purple wig and you’re both ready for battle.
Mario and Princess Peach from Super Mario Maker 2
Some classic characters never quite lose their pop culture appeal. Among them are Mario and Princess Peach from Super Mario Maker 2, one of 2019’s bestselling video games. Make this beloved Nintendo duo come to life this Halloween by dressing up your own little characters as Super Mario Land royalty. Mario’s costume is worth it for the adorable stick-on mustache alone, and Princess Peach’s outfit is sweet as can be with a sculpted amulet on the dress and a regal tiara. This was the most popular toy the year you were born.
Starting at $38.37
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to the Disney film that cast Angelina Jolie as the vengeful dark fairy, started streaming on Disney+ just in time for Halloween. This elaborate get-up will be a shoo-in at any costume contest in town. Its long, black dress features extra-wide bell sleeves and sculpted shoulders, but the horned headpiece is the true showstopper. The fairy’s ominous staff is sold separately, and both are officially licensed by Disney. Find out more of the best Halloween costumes for Disney super fans.
Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story
Starting at $30.91
The late, beloved comedian Don Rickles continued to voice Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 4, thanks to previously recorded audio files. This playful costume can go right over any regular outfit and comes in both kid and adult sizes. Long live everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic potato! Next, read on to find out the best Halloween costumes on Amazon for under $25.
For more fun facts, costume ideas, traditions, candy inspiration, spooky entertainment, and updates on how October 31 will look different this year, check out our Halloween Guide.