10 Pop and Rock Star Costume Ideas for 2021

By: Stingray CuratorsMon, 09/20/2021
rock and pop inspired costumes

Stingray Recommends: Top 10 Costume Ideas for Halloween 2021  

One of the best things about Halloween is feeling like somebody else for a while.

Shy by nature? Tonight, you’re an ultra-confidant, sexy vampire.

People pleaser? Tonight you’re an axe-wielding serial killer.

But there’s no need to go full-on freaky or scary. The world of pop music has plenty of characters to inspire a temporary makeover.

Need some ideas? In no particular order, here are our Top 10 Costume Ideas for 2021.

Go ahead, release that inner pop star - and be sure to tag Stingray in the photos!


olivia rodrigo costume

Olivia Rodrigo

If you’re on a tight budget, it doesn’t get easier than this. Perfect that Sour look with a face covered in kids’ stickers.

Decades of Pop Hits

freddie mercury

Freddie Mercury

It’s almost 30 years since we lost this trailblazing legend. Pay homage with his unmistakable moustache and a flamboyant outfit of your choosing. (An outrageous crown gets you extra points.) 

For The Fans of Queen

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X

Freddie Mercury’s kindred spirit. Spray paint a cheap cowboy hat hot pink, then scour Value Village for matching pink belts and blazer. You’d better befriend a seamstress, ‘cause this one’s elaborate! 

Guest Curator: Lil Nas X

kacey musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

One large white cowboy hat, pastel-coloured eye shadow and a bucketful of glitter. That’s it, you’re done! 

Women of Hot Country



We’ve all done a punk rock costume at some point in our lives. Refresh the concept with fetish wear and platform shoes. Go Robert Smith with your hair. 

Alternative Now

olivia rodrigo costume

Cardi B

WAP was a major thing in 2020, and it isn’t going away any time soon. Get her uber-sexual video look with a wavy beehive wig and lots and lots of pink cloth. 

For The Fans of Cardi B

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Doing this Canadian star in 2013 would’ve required a major trip to the hair stylist. Fortunately, all you need now is a red suit, handlebar moustache and oversized 70’s shades.

For The Fans of The Weeknd

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

You have two options here: Billie circa 2019 (green streaks in your hair and baggy t-shirt), or this year’s red-carpet version (blonde wig + cream-coloured gown). 

For The Fans of Billie Eilish

j balvin

J Balvin

Start with a crew cut and go crazy with the hair dye. Add signature smiley face medallion and you’re 90% there. Just make sure you can do some passable rhyming in Spanish. 

Guest Curator: J Balvin

zz top

ZZ Top

Pay tribute to one of classic rock’s beloved icons, the late Dusty Hill. A wizard-like beard, suit jacket, black shades and grey fedora does the trick. Then find a partner to be your double. 

For The Fans of ZZ Top