This year brought us more gripping cultural obsessions than any year in recent memory. Between record-breaking blockbuster films, the penultimate installment of the epic Game of Thrones series, phenomena like the fidget spinner, and huge news from some of our favorite artists, 2017’s most memorable moments provide endless Halloween costume inspiration.
For some people, it’s a holiday — for us, it’s a freakin’ lifestyle.
Naturally, we’re happier than kids in a (Halloween) candy store. At POPSUGAR, we don’t take Halloween lightly; we start burning Autumn-scented candles as soon as the first leaf changes, taste-test pumpkin spice snacks in the middle of Summer, and begin our horror movie marathons immediately after Labor Day. For some people, it’s a holiday — for us, it’s a freakin’ lifestyle.
When our editors are on the ground covering fan events like Comic-Con and WonderCon, they’re observing the latest cosplay trends with Halloween on the brain. Meanwhile, we’re always making note of cultural conversations unfolding on the internet and looking at them through a Halloween lens: would this meme make a good costume? Is that celebrity moment perfect Halloween inspiration? The day-to-day stories that get us talking are often some of the best costume fodder come Oct. 31, so we’ve always got an eye out for the next big thing.
Using our editors’ passion for Halloween, we’ve created a master list of the top 10 costumes for 2017. You can expect to see these costumes everywhere this October, but don’t worry: we’ll share how to execute them like nobody else.
Major moments: A teen murder-mystery series inspired by the Archie comics? Yes, please! Riverdale is our favorite “f*ck-being-guilty-about-it” pleasure, and the main characters from the show are perfect Halloween costume fodder. The only trouble will be determining which friends should dress up as Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, and Veronica Lodge.
How to create it at home: Each character has a signature clothing item or accessory, like Archie’s letterman jacket or Jughead’s beanie. Decide which person you want to channel, then create an outfit featuring their go-to pieces. Get the full Riverdale costume tutorials for each character here!
Honorable mentions: Aside from the obvious additions to this Riverdale group — like Cheryl and Jason Blossom or Josie and the Pussycats — you can also draw inspiration from another cult-favorite TV show that had a major moment this year. Your crew can easily dress as the women from Big Little Lies with stuff already in your closet — just have everybody create their closest imitation of an Audrey Hepburn outfit! Bonus points if you throw an Elvis or two into the mix.