When your idea of a Halloween costume doesn’t necessarily involve blood and gore, pop culture is the best place to find inspiration. From the biggest pop stars to the shows and movies that made a big impact in 2015, here are a few topical ideas for your costume.

Whether you want something whimsical or prefer the bad ass vibe, here are some of the best Halloween costume ideas for 2015. Forget about the tired clichés and go for a more current idea if you want everyone to instantly recognize your costume choice.

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

There has never been a better time to stitch together your stuffed animals to create the perfect Halloween costume. Miley Cyrus’ latest album has a title everyone will know, and if you want to take the concept even further, red glitter should be the perfect way to complete your look. 

Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz Halloween Costume

If you feel like it’s too obvious of a choice, find inspiration in one of Miley’s MTV VMAs crazy dresses.


Cate Blanchett Cinderella Evil Stepmother

If you’ve never tried to be a Disney princess for Halloween, Cinderella could be the right choice. But if you feel it’s too junior, and you don’t want to make the same choice as countless 5 year old girls, one of the best Halloween costume ideas for 2015 is her wicked stepmother. Get inspired by Cate Blanchett’s gorgeous wardrobe for the role, and make sure you wear the biggest hat you can find.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner For Halloween

Thanks to the lip challenge that took over social media, Kylie really stepped up from the pack this year. Use all your makeup tricks to get plumper lips, but if you feel that’s sending the wrong message, then simply stick to a sleek black wig and an outfit inspired by one of Kim’s old ones. Kylie’s definitely stealing her big sister’s style, so why shouldn’t you?


Easy Furiosa Halloween Costumephoto: Chrix Design

The endless choice of sexy Halloween costumes can be a little insulting at times, and the best way to stand out from the crowd is to go for a powerful female character. Imperator Furiosa is definitely one of the best Halloween costume ideas for 2015, and you don’t have to shave your head for it. Slick back your hair, go big on the smokey eye and bring your attitude to the party.

Blond Justin Bieber

Blonde Justin Bieber Halloween

It’s time to bring out the Kate Gosselin wig out of the closet and make a few small changes to it. Justin Bieber made big headlines when he dyed his hair this year, and his new look might be a fun costume choice for Halloween. One small thing, regardless of how good your costume is… be prepared for the endless dick jokes.

Cookie Lyon

Cookie Lyon Halloween Costume

Bring out your fake furs, because Empire’s queen is one of the best Halloween costume ideas for 2015. You need to look fabulous, and your attitude has to match if you want to pull off a good Cookie. Go over the top, and then don’t stop until you’re slaying.

Inside Out’s Joy

Inside Out Halloween Costumesphoto: GrumpyCosplay

Want to go girlish without resorting to old-fashioned Disney stereotypes? Voiced by Amy Poehler, Joy from Pixar’s hit Inside Out is the perfect choice when you’re looking for a whimsical character that’s easy to pull off. Once you’ve got the blue wig, all you need is a green shift dress and a huge smile.


Supergirl Halloween Costumephoto: Tumblr

Even though the character portrayed by Melissa Benoist is a newcomer on the fall schedule, Supergirl is definitely one of the best Halloween costume ideas in 2015. There are plenty of versions of the costume you can choose from, but skip the obvious catsuit with a mini skirt, and go for a more sophisticated superhero vibe this year.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Kimmy Schmidt Halloween Costumephoto: Tumblr

The Netflix hit show may not be for everyone, but Ellie Kemper’s energetic portrayal of Kimmy Schmidt made a big impact in 2015. Rock a backpack, and layer a yellow cardigan over a bright floral top. A colorful pair of jeans can complete your look, and you’re set for a fun Halloween party.

Scream Queens’ Chanel

Scream Queens Halloween Costume

The queen of Kappa Kappa Tau has one of the most expensive wardrobes on TV, but you can pull off the look even without thousands of dollars of Chanel. It’s one of the best Halloween costume ideas for 2015, especially if you enjoy her bitting one liners. Go for pastels, quilted pieces and fake fur to pull off the high fashion Chanel look.