2021 Movie Characters to Dress Up As For Halloween
Be the main character (literally!) with these 2021 movie character Halloween costumes!
Halloween costume hunting is a holiday unto itself. From August to October, every vacant building in America turns into a Spirit Halloween, and Home Depot restocks their 12-foot skeleton guy. The search may span months, but it's worth it when you finally find that perfect costume. Especially when it's Instagram-worthy!
If you're still searching for Halloween costume inspiration, look no further than the iconic costumes in today's biggest movies. 2021 saw the rise of women-led films like Black Widow, Cruella, A Quiet Place Part II, and more. We've compiled the most badass heroines and antiheroines to emulate with a Halloween homage. Most of these characters come with official Halloween costumes too, so you can ensemble an outfit instantly with one click! For last-minute looks or low-budget options, we've also listed some similar styles that you can use to create a DIY Halloween costume—with clothes that you'll want to wear year-round!
Here are the most popular 2021 films to use as Halloween costume ideas. May your costume search be all treats and no tricks!
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1. Natasha Romanoff from Black Widow
Natasha Romanoff finally got her own movie this year and it shattered box office records. Dress as Black Widow with her signature sleek black jumpsuit!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy the Premium Black Widow Costume for Women!
The DIY Version: Click here to buy the ASYOU Unitard in Black!
2. Cruella De Vil from Cruella
As the world's most evil girlboss, Cruella is the perfect (less-than-perfect) antihero to dress as for Halloween! The live-action Disney film is filled with almost 50 outfits to choose from, but with a black dress and a black and white wig, you might just pass as the dog-hating designer!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy the Cruella Live Action Adult Deluxe Finale Costume!
3. Xu Xialing from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings dominated the box office this year and finally ushered in new Asian characters into the MCU! Shang-Chi's badass sister Xu Xialing steals scenes as a newly-minted Marvel hero.
4. Wonder Woman from Zack Synder's Justice League
Justice League came out for a second time this year with a special director's cut by beloved filmmaker Zack Synder. Wonder Woman is featured even more in the new version; and, as always, she's a timeless Halloween costume choice!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy the Wonder Woman Deluxe Costume for Women!
5. Evelyn Abbott from A Quiet Place Part II
Evelyn Abbott, played by Emily Blunt, survived having a baby in a bathtub in the first A Quiet Place film. In the sequel, she's still surviving and looking good doing while wearing a surprisingly chic blue and yellow floral dress. This costume might crossover into your everyday wear!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy A Quiet Place Part II's Evelyn Abbott Outfit!
6. Lorraine Warren from The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Look simply supernatural as paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in a high-neck ruffled button-up blouse. It was surprisingly hard to find to find a dupe for her conversation 80s wardrobe, so check out your local thrift store for ideas too!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy The Conjuring 3 Lorraine Warren Outfit!
7. Vanessa Morales from In The Heights
The bright and lighthearted movie musical In The Heights is full of colorful costumes, but Vanessa Morales (Melissa Barrera) is a true baddie. Her mesh crop top look is trendy and feminine. Pair with your favorite denim short shorts!
The Official Costume: Sadly, there is no official costume for this character yet!
8. Letty Ortiz from F9
Michelle Rodriguez's Letty Ortiz is the original badass, appearing in The Fast and the Furious franchise since 2001. Letty's outfit is ideal for a last-minute DIY look!
The Official Costume: While there's no official costume for this character, you can still achieve Letty's hardcore fit with a few simple DIY pieces!
9. Ruby Lane from Fear Street
The Fear Street Trilogy includes 3 installments set in 1994, 1979, and 1666 respectively. Ruby Lane is a scary standout as a singing killer—but I can't help but be distracted by that cute floral crop top!
The Official Costume: Unfortunately, Ruby Lane doesn't have an official costume yet.
10. Lola Bunny from Space Jam: A New Legacy
Lola Bunny (voiced by Zendaya) returns as a member of the Tune Squad in Space Jam: A New Legacy. Her colorful basketball uniform is cute and cozy for a casual Halloween costume.
The Official Costume: Click here to buy Rubie's Space Jam Lola Bunny Dress Adult Halloween Costume!
11. Dr. Lily Houghton from Jungle Cruise
Emily Blunt starred in two major movies this year, and both her characters' outfits are costume-worthy! As Dr. Lily Houghton, Blunt sports a teal blue button-down with a red handkerchief—easy to DIY!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy the Jungle Cruise Deluxe Lily Costume for Women!
The DIY Version: Click here to buy the ASOS DESIGN Jersey Jacket in Washed Blue!
12. Harley Quinn from The Suicide Squad
Another DC property that stays in the Halloween handbook, The Suicide Squad remake gave us just what we needed: more iconic Harley Quinn outfits. For those who need a costume for multiple Halloween parties, you can go as every version!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy the Adult Harley Quinn Corset!
13. Molotov Girl from Free Guy
Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer) as her video game alter ego Molotov Girl makes a great costume for any gamer. For the DIY edit, grab a men's white button-down and some long brown pants and you're almost there!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy the Free Guy Molotov Girl Cosplay Costume!
The DIY Version: Click here to buy the NaaNaa PU Cargo Pants in Brown!
14. A Ghostbuster from Ghostbusters: Afterlife
The iconic Ghostbusters jumpsuit is an evergreen Halloween costume, but the hype will be particularly real in anticipation of the November 2021 update Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Get on the trend early and you won't have to wait until next year!
The Official Costume: Click here to buy the Ghostbusters Women's Jumpsuit Costume!
The DIY Version: Click here to buy the Brave Soul Pearl Cargo Jumpsuit in Mushroom!
15. Paloma from No Time to Die
Another delayed but anticipated release, the newest James Bond film (and Daniel Craig's last time as Bond)(https://ew.com/movies/daniel-craig-no-time-to-die-new-trailer/) is set to be a box-office smash, and Ana De Arma's mysterious character Paloma will be the one to watch. Her elegant silk dress is a perfect upscale Halloween costume for when you just want to look hot!
The Official Costume: Paloma's $1200 designer dress and accessories are listed here, but you're probably better off buying a DIY version!
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What are you dressing up as for Halloween? What's your favorite 2021 movie?