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It’s the end of summer, which means Halloween is right around the corner at last. In our book, it’s never too early to celebrate. After the mess that 2020 has been so far, we’re looking forward to our favorite holiday and celebrating with reckless abandon. 

It also means that we’re well into planning our Halloween costume, even if we’re just going to wear it on a Zoom call. Luckily, the entire year has left us with many ideas for outfits. You can check out 10 Halloween costumes that have been inspired by the people, places and events of 2020, so maybe you’ll get a little inspiration yourself. 

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Joe Exotic from Tiger King 

Thankfully when the whole country was shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak, Netflix blessed us with the most wonderfully chaotic series of all time. Being Joe Exotic for Halloween is easy—get a patterned shirt, a mullet wig and carry around a stuffed tiger all night. This could also easily be made into a multi-person Tiger King costume, with others dressing up like Carole Baskin, Doc Antle and more. 

The coronavirus

There’s absolutely nothing that has defined this year more than the coronavirus outbreak. There are so many ways you can dress up like this, whether it’s by sporting a bright red outfit like the virus itself or by wearing masks and carrying hoards of toilet paper all night. 

The cast of Euphoria 

This HBO show is the perfect Halloween inspiration for someone looking to rock a killer makeup look this year. Grab a few friends and pick your favorite Euphoria character—there are plenty of outfits to choose from. You can make this even more meta by channeling the Halloween costumes that the characters wore in the holiday episode from season 1. 

Kanye West as president

Kanye West running for president is just another part of 2020’s relentless insanity. If you’re so inclined, you can commemorate this weird moment in popular culture by dressing up as a presidential West, featuring a Kanye 2020 red hat and some Yeezy-inspired loungewear. 

Harry Styles in the “Watermelon Sugar” music video

If you’re a Harry Styles fan, you’ve watched the “Watermelon Sugar” video at least 20 times and can easily find an outfit from it to replicate. A good suggestion is to wear an orange crochet tank top, blue sunglasses and carry around a slice of watermelon all night. 

The Umbrella Academy

The second season of the Netflix series inspired by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comics has also been a saving grace this year. If you’re in need of a group costume, why not just dress up as The Umbrella Academy? You can honestly probably find similar outfits in the school uniform section of a clothing store, so it should be pretty easy to get everyone matching and looking perfect. 

Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey 

While Suicide Squad costumes are so 2016, it’s still relevant to dress up like Harley Quinn, thanks to her new movie Birds Of Prey. Instead of channeling the OG Harley Quinn look, try to get inspiration from her new looks, such as wearing a faux leather jacket and plenty of sparkles. 

My plan vs. 2020 

Each new year brings us countless memes that we often forget about, but none of them have been more spot-on than the “my plan vs. 2020” memes. This would be a great costume for two people—one person dresses up as the “plan” (a college graduate, world traveler, etc.) and the other is the reality (taking Zoom classes in your pajamas, binge-watching Netflix all day, etc.). The “2020” costume could also just be any rendition of a disaster, such as a dumpster on fire, as absolutely everyone is going to relate to your look. 

Animal Crossing villagers 

Aside from Netflix, we’ve spent an ungodly amount of hours throughout the past several months playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch. You can channel the New Horizons vibes in real life by dressing up as your own character or as one of the villagers. You will just need an adorable outfit and a tool, such as a shovel or a fishing rod, to nail it.