We’ve barely dipped our toes into fall, which means it’s time to start thinking about your Halloween costume. As tailor-made as our “For You” pages have become, there are some viral TikTok trends that reach all of us — no matter how niche your interests are. We’ve all gotten “Running Up That Hill” stuck in our heads and debated making a butter board at some point. And, no matter how far into “Alt TikTok” you are, there’s a chance you somehow found yourself on Corn TikTok this year. It only makes sense then that you might choose a Halloween costume inspired by the latest TikTok trend this year.
The fact is, viral TikTok trends can transcend even the most custom of algorithms, uniting us in a universal experience of new cultural references, which also makes them surefire Halloween costume options that are both unique and recognizable. That is, at least recognizable to anyone on TikTok, which at this point is close to everyone.
Whether you’re looking for a last-minute DIY costume, or ready to go all out with a Horace filter-inspired bald cap, there is a TikTok Halloween costume for you. And, of course, you are obligated to share your TikTok costume on TikTok. (Yes, fine, you can also share on Reels. I won’t tell.) So, start picking your preferred audio out now. Here are 15 Halloween costumes inspired by TikTok trends.
Even those who are barely online are sure to exclaim, “It’s corn!” when you walk in dressed as corn this year. To pay homage to 2022’s favorite internet sensation, just grab a yellow t-shirt and trace your own “kernels” in sharpie. Throw on a green jacket and, for some extra “corntastic” flair, bring some candy corn with you to the party. I can’t imagine a more beautiful costume.
Gorgeous Gorgeous Girls Love Soup
Sure, technically the “Gorgeous, Gorgeous Girls” trend took off in late 2021, but this is the first Halloween you can officially celebrate as a Soup Girl. Dress in whatever makes you feel gorgeous and bring a can of soup with you. Or, for a niche couple’s costume, have your partner dress as a can of soup and wear a sign that says “Gorgeous, Gorgeous Girls Love…” The girls who get it, will get it.
Warning: This filter might not have made it to everyone’s feed. But, chances are, if you’re familiar with the bald-headed, computer-animated character “Horace,” then he’s been dancing all over your FYP for months. Just grab any red onesie and a bald cap, and practice Horace’s signature dance routine. Check out this pair’s DIY Horace for inspo.
“She’s a 10, but…”
Here’s a last-minute costume idea that will also serve as the perfect conversation starter. Dress however you’d like and grab a sign to hang around your neck. Sharpie on “She’s a 10 but,” plus your biggest red flag or “ick.” This can also serve as the perfect pregame activity with friends, by having one another write each other’s red flags. Just be sure to play nice.
Sure, technically the “Running Up That Hill” revival of 2022 didn’t start on TikTok. Nonetheless, the song took off on everyone’s FYP. If you’re looking for an offbeat alternative to the many Max Mayfield costumes you’re sure to see this year, why not dress as the iconic Kate Bush? Just grab a voluminous wig and, if people aren’t catching on, start jogging around the party.
Here Comes The Boy…
This song has become the unofficial walk-out song for cats everywhere. Spice up your classic Halloween cat costume with a sign announcing your grand entrance. (Don’t forget the ✨sparkles✨.)
Adult Swim Bumper
Adult Swim has some of the greatest bumpers (clips aired between commercial breaks) in the game. And TikTokers have decided to give the channel a run for their money by crafting elaborate skits where the “[AS]” logo is covertly snuck in over the last two years. As easy as it is fun to make, attaching a paper Adult Swim logo to your costume is the perfect last-minute idea.
The Frozen Honey Challenge
As aesthetically pleasing as it is apparently delicious (and a potential cause for some health issues, according to experts), the frozen honey challenge has to be one of the sweetest trend to stick around on TikTok. Dress as a bottle squirting out a golden cylinder from your head, or just arrive with plenty of frozen honey bottles on deck. Add some black and orange food coloring for some extra festivity.
The United States Of Nicki Minaj
One nation under Barbs. TikTokers have been pledging allegiance to their own flag this year: a picture of Nicki Minaj saluting in front of the American flag. To truly recreate the flag, you’ll need a blue bikini. But, if it’s a bit too chilly for a bathing suit, you can also recreate your favorite Nicki look like her classic pink wig with bangs. Show off your Pink Friday patriotism this year with a photo op that says, in the words of Nicki herself, “I am your leader.”
Milk Crate Challenge
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So, the trend of climbing a stack of milk crates was quickly banned from TikTok for the extreme danger it poses to those attempting it. But, while it’s certainly not recommended you try this challenge at home, you can make a homemade costume inspired by it. Grab a cardboard box to paint the design of a milk crate on, and cut a hole at the bottom to wear the box around your waist. Or, just paint a t-shirt to look like a milk crate. For an extra prop, use a milk crate as your purse for the night by tying a ribbon around the handles. Just don’t let your friends get any ideas…
Many were confused this year to find themselves of #BamaRush TikTok, but, sometimes, sisterhood finds you. Grab a group of friends and make your own fictionalized sorority by throwing any random permutation of greek letters onto a shirt. Just be on your best behavior if you’re still trying to get a bid.
“I’m A Survivor”
Decades later, the theme song of Reba McEntire’s sitcom
Reba has gained a new generation of admirers with the hilarious “I’m a Survivor” trend. Throw on a red wig and make a show of performing menial housework around your Halloween party like wiping the table and putting a coaster under someone’s drink. When the night is over, you can wipe the sweat off your brow with a martyrish sigh of relief.
If all else fails, don’t get dressed up at all and say you’re the beginning part of a TikTok with a cool transition.
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This article was originally published on
Sep. 24, 2020