11 Halloween Costumes That Sum Up The Hot Mess That Is 2020

by Angela Andaloro

This year has been a complete and total trip — 2020 has taken twists and turns that no one could have anticipated.

Thankfully, many of us have been able to find a little light in all the chaos. As the holiday draws closer, it’s the perfect time to look back on the year and poke some fun at the hot-messness of it all with 2020 Halloween costumes that really illustrate what a wild ride it’s been thus far.

Halloween costumes in 2020 are going to be rife with references to all your streaming faves. There are undoubtedly going to be some Tiger Kings out there, as well as some cheerleaders inspired by Cheer‘s Navarro squad.

Then there will be some that poke fun at all of our time spent at home. Expect to see some couch potatoes, and maybe a sourdough loaf or two. With what the actual holiday will look like up in the air, many people are channeling creativity in a costume they’ll enjoy whether they attend a gathering or stay home with the family.

'Tiger King' Costumes

tiger king halloween costumes

Whether you fancy yourself a Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin, all the cool cats and kittens will undoubtedly be flocking to this Halloween 2020 trend. Be prepared to get pulled into some TikTok videos. Enjoy the long debate about whether or not Carole fed her previous husband to the big cats!

Shop Now: Tiger King Costumes (Party City, $19.99 to $34.99)

Harry and Meghan, California Style

royal prince costume

Harry and Meghan have been one of the most talked-about couples of 2020, so it only stands to reason some people will pay homage. Go glam and dress up in some outfits reminiscent of their royal farewell tour. It’s also super easy to duplicate their breezy LA style, complete with masks.

Shop Now: Royal Prince Costume (, $39.99)

Baked Goods

avocado toast halloween costume

We’ve been home-baking for quite a few months, so expect to see some baked goods this Halloween. It’s a great time to dress up as bread or a cupcake. Kudos if you can figure out how to pull off a sourdough starter costume.

Shop Now: Adult Avocado Toast Halloween Costume (Target, $44.07)

NBA Players

NBA Players

There are a lot of reasons why NBA fans will want to honor their favorite players in costume this year. Michael Jordan is a big possibility after the popularity of The Last Dance. Several active players have bravely spoken out for social justice.

There will also be many people celebrating and honoring the life of Kobe Bryant. Whichever direction you take your basketball costume, it’s an easy and comfy one for what the day has in store.

Shop Now: Adult Harlem Globe Trotter Halloween Costume (Target, $39.95)

Toilet Paper

toilet paper roll costume

Come on, it’s been long enough to laugh about it now. Presented with a crisis, people’s first reaction was to flock to stores to hoard toilet paper. Whether you DIY this costume or buy, it’ll cost you … less than what you’ve spent on toilet paper lately.

Shop Now: Orion Costumes Toilet Roll Costume (Fruugo, $38.95)

The Navarro Cheer Team

cheer inspired cheerleaders

Cheer fostered a newfound appreciation for what is undoubtedly a difficult, physical sport. The Navarro cheer team was chock full of characters for your family to choose from. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a few people out there paying homage to the team’s fearless leader, Monica Aldama.

Shop Now: Cheerleader Costumes (Spirit Halloween, $29.99 to $39.99)

Baby Yoda

baby yoda the child

Baby Yoda has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise grim year. You can bet people are channeling that adorable, positive energy this Halloween. If you’re looking for something wholesome and pure, look no further than The Child.

Shop Now: The Child Costume (Target, $20.49)

Murder Hornet


The murder hornets were a minor plotline in 2020, but a funny one nonetheless. Just when we thought things couldn’t get more absurd, cue a real-life sci-fi-sounding insect threat. To make it into a costume, just grab a bee costume and accessorize with your favorite pretend weapon.

Shop Now: Bee Costumes (, $19.99 to $64.99)


karen wig

Regardless of how you feel about the term, it’s undoubtedly going to be a costume you see this Halloween. Think blond wigs with mom cuts, paired with a stern “I need to speak to your manager.” Make the costume come to life with a random hysterical outburst.

Shop Now: “Eight Is Too Much” Wig (State Fair Seasons, $8.99)

USPS Worker

postal worker halloween costume

Show some love for your mail carrier this Halloween! As we work to save the US Postal Service, these costumes will make a statement in more ways than one. In case you need any more convincing, you and your dog can match!

Shop Now: Adult Mailman and USPS Postman Doggy and Me Costumes (Party City, $19.99 each)

Hand Sanitizer

hand sanitizer tipsy elves

Hand sanitizer has been our constant companion since March. Now, we can pay it homage on the silliest day of the year.

Shop Now: Hand Sanitizer (Tipsy Elves, $59.95)