2019 celebrity halloween costumes

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— — October is here — and that means that it is officially time to begin thinking about your Halloween costume!

According to new data from Pinterest, the National Retail Federation and Halloween costume retailer Spirit Halloween, this year’s hottest costume trends include big-name superheroes, fairy tale favorites, science-fiction all-stars and throwback Thursday outfits.

Scroll down to get a sneak-preview of some of the adult, children and pet Halloween costumes that will be sure to make an appearance by trick-or-treaters this year.

Star Wars Characters

With the seventh film being released in December, Star Wars characters are some of the most-popular costume options for this Halloween. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the Star Wars franchise made the list for adult, kids and pet costumes this year. Between Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Yoda costumes, the force will be with trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

Group Costumes

Pinterest declared group costumes one of the biggest trends for Halloween this year, based on their internal data. Costume ideas such as Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video girl gang, the cast of Mario Kart, and all of the feelings from Disney’s “Inside Out” movie are filling people’s Pinterest boards. Get your closest friends to collaborate on a group costume for Halloween and you’ll be sure to be the talk of the town.


Superheroes landed in the Top 10 costume category for adults, children and animals this year. Characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will be saving the day on Halloween, so grab a cape and a mask and get ready to have a “super” Halloween.


Minions are among the top Halloween trends for adults, kids and pets this year, with one million people planning to be a minion for Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. A minion costume can be purchased at retailers such as Spirit Halloween and Party City, but can also be an easy DIY project if you’re feeling crafty.

Throwback Costumes

Pinterest noted that 90s-themed costumes are among the most-pinned Halloween costumes this year. People are throwing it back to 90s favorites from TV shows like Rugrats, The Magic School Bus, and The Powerpuff Girls, to 90s celebs such as the Spice Girls and Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. With so many 90s ideas surfacing this year, the hashtag #ThrowBackThursday is bound to be a big hit this Halloween.


Princesses will be ruling the streets this Halloween. Still a popular choice two years after it’s release are “Frozen” princesses Elsa and Anna. According to the National Retail Federation, two million people planning to dress as their favorite “Frozen” character this year. Classic Disney Princess such as Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine and Ariel are also in hot demand.

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At BrandBacker we have the unique ability to look at mountains of influencer data and make sense of trends. Seeing how Halloween is less than a week away and I have yet to figure out my costume, I decided to look to influencers in order to find costume ideas. For this analysis, we looked at over 1 million influencers that we monitor daily and used a sample set of over 46,000 blog posts surrounding Halloween.

When looking at costume recommendations, we noticed a number of costumes that were popular not only this year but also dating back to 2012 (when we launched BrandBacker). The best way to characterize these costumes are the “traditional” halloween costumes (e.g. cat, witch, princess, etc). Seeing how you want to have a somewhat unique costume when attending a Halloween Party, we removed those “traditional” costumes and looked to costumes that were more likely to be worn this year versus in years past.

Similarly, we found a number of costume suggestions like Princess Elsa from the movie Frozen that might make sense for a five year old girl but might not make as much sense for an adult. In the end, we settled on splitting our lists of costumes by adult, children and “traditional” costumes.

Top Trending Adult Halloween Costumes:

1. Goosebumps

The Goosebumps book series recently released a movie in time for Halloween and it’s this years top trending costume. This costume is equally popular with both kids and adults. Me and many other adults who grew up in the late 80’s and early 90’s remember begging our moms to buy the newest Goosebumps books from the Scholastic Book Faire catalogs and now have the ability to dress up as our favorite characters from a series that boasts scary characters from over 62 books.

2. Supergirl

Timing itself perfectly with Halloween was the premiere of CBS’s new series Supergirl which has launched a flurry of costume ideas. Traditional female superhero costumes like Wonder Woman and the Black Widow have taken a back seat to Supergirl. Again this is both an adult and kids costume that’s both relevant and easy to pull off.

3. Corpse Bride

Tim Burton’s movies all have Halloween esque characters from Edward Scissorhands to Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. This year the Corpse Bride is a popular costume
amongst bloggers and make up artists going for the living dead look.

4. Harley Quinn

Joker’s partner in crime from the Batman comic book series is one of our top trending costumes this year. Although a popular costume in years past, with next year’s release of the Suicide Squad movie and a modern take on Harley Quinn’s look through the movie posters, this Halloween costume is a popular pick with bloggers.

5. Princess Leia

Another upcoming film takes the next two positions on our list with Star Wars being a trendy pick for Halloween costume. Princess Leia which is a traditionally strong costume is trending higher this year with the recent release of the newest Star Wars trailer and the newest Star Wars film a little over a month away.

6. Jedi

Continuing with the Star Wars trend is the ever popular Jedi costume. This year the costume is not only for comic book nerds and cosplay enthusiasts as the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film has made the costume mainstream.

7. Peter Pan

Sticking with the movie trend in our list, Peter Pan comes in at #7. The recently released Pan Movie, which is a prequel to the original Peter Pan and Hook books/movies, didn’t fare well with critics but is a trendy costume this year. And as evidenced by Allison Williams from HBO’s Girls who played Pan recently, this costume is relevant for both men and women.

8. Donald Trump

For those of you who are trying to make a political statement, Donald Trump costumes are trending this year. Republican debates continue tonight and with a costume that consists of wearing a suit and wig this costume might climb higher in these rankings.

9. The Muppets

The Muppets are back on ABC after a long hiatus and many of the fans of the show are taking it to Halloween this year. There are lots of options here to choose from as their are many characters that make up the Muppets cast.

10. Minions

The Minions round out our top ten trending costumes this year. Despicable Me and The Minions have been one of the top trending costumes over the past 2 years and is holding steady here with costumes that both kids and adults can wear.

Top Trending Kids Halloween Costumes:

1. Frozen

2. Star Wars

3. Minions

4. Batman

5. Ninja Turtles

6. Harry Potter

7. Marvel Super Heroes

8. Minnie Mouse

9. Spiderman

10. Peter Pan

Most Popular Traditional Halloween Costumes:

1. Disney Princess

2. Super Heroes

3. Ninja

4. Animals

5. Zombie

6. Vampire

7. Witch

8. Pirate

9. Dia De Los Muertos

10. Ghost

N.J. companies under fire for sexist girls’ Halloween costumes

(Costumes: Party City. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

The costume divide

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Feminizing favorites

Kevin, Stuart and Bob, the three yellow, roly-poly stars of the computer-animated movie “Minions,” proved to be a big hit this year.

Yet while boys’ Minions Halloween costumes depict the signature blue overalls the characters wear, Minions costumes for girls — and women — come with skirts and knee-highs.

But take a look at any Halloween costume with variations intended for girls and boys, and you see a marked, recurring difference. This kind of feminization is everywhere — in police officer costumes, ninja turtle costumes, and any number of superhero costumes. The costume industry — of which Rockaway-based Party City is a major player — says it’s just giving customers what they want, but some parents are crying foul.

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Posted by Lin Kramer on Monday, September 14, 2015

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A parent’s complaint

In September, Lin Kramer, a mother in Savannah, Ga., posted a letter to Party City’s Facebook page expressing her dismay at the costume retailer’s Halloween costume offerings for girls. When looking for a Halloween costume for her 3-year-old daughter, Kramer came across a police officer outfit for toddler girls. The costume has a skirt, footless tights and “glovelettes.” A police officer costume for toddler boys sold at the same website is a traditional uniform with pants.

“Generally speaking, real life uniformed female police officers do not wear short skirts and low cut shirts, but instead wear exactly the same slacks and shirts as their male counterparts,” wrote Kramer, who works as an attorney.

It wasn’t just the look of the girls’ costume that Kramer objected to — it was also how Party City marketed the costume on its website.

“When describing the girl costume, your marketing team elected to use language like ‘cute cop’ and ‘sassy and sweet,’ while for the boy costume, they chose to note the ‘realistic scaled-down police shirt’ and assert that ‘this protector of the peace has it all under control!'” Kramer said.

Party City responded to Kramer’s letter on its Facebook page, saying the company would take her feedback into consideration. But Kramer says her letter, along with the company’s reply, was later deleted.

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(Costumes: Party City. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Customer demand

Party City, a company that opened its first store in East Hanover in 1986, did not respond to multiple requests for comments.

But “girly,” skirted costumes are likely so prevalent in girls’ costume sections of stores and websites precisely because of customer demand, says Erik Mandell, CEO of Costume SuperCenter in Edison. His father, Steven Mandell, founded both that company and Party City, where Erik was formerly chief merchandising officer.

“Usually the girls’ costumes sell better if they have a skirt,” Mandell says. At Costume SuperCenter, which does not have a “child” or “kids” section on its website, but does have separate “boys” and “girls” sections, the costumes that are the most popular are always going to be displayed more often, Mandell says.

“A lot of what is presented is based on customer data,” he says.

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Shades of ‘sexy’

Party City is not the only company that sells costumes like the toddler girls’ police officer outfit Kramer mentioned.

Many costumes that retailers and manufacturers sell for girls, female teens and women are equipped with skirts and feminine accessories. These costumes support the notion that instead of looking like the character they’re trying to be, girls are expected to embrace a softened, and sometimes suggestive, version of that character.

Though the toddler Halloween costume that Kramer took issue with is not called a “sexy” costume, the details of the look had many calling it just that. The tweet here tracks what one might call the progression of the very same costume, whose look can be traced all the way through to “sexy” and “sassy” costumes for women.

The link doesn’t seem like much of a stretch when the descriptions appended to the adult costumes, which are similar in design to the toddler costume, use phrases like “this flirty little police costume” and “this fun, sexy police costume.”

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(Costumes: HalloweenCostumes.com. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

A plumber in a skirt

“Who says a girl can’t be a plumber?” says the description for the girls’ Mario Bros. costume above. (Whether or not she could be a plumber in a dress is another matter.)

“Bowser has stolen Princess Peach yet again and taken her to an undisclosed castle,” reads the description for the “child” Mario costume on the right. “In the Mushroom Kingdom there is only one man to save her: Mario.”

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(Costumes: HalloweenCostumes.com. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Differing roles

The difference between boys’ and girls’ costumes can seem quite jarring at times. Consider these military-inspired costumes. At left is “Army Brat.” At right, “Deluxe U.S. Army Ranger.” Both are in the “kids” section at HalloweenCostumes.com.

“This cute camo dress with matching sequined hat will turn you into a military diva,” reads the description of the costume.

Compare to the ranger description: “…it’s time to kick it up a notch and send him on a really dangerous mission, like rescuing some hostages in a battle zone, or engaging terrorists in a gunfight.”

“It’s really amazing,” says Ann Marie Nicolosi, chair of the women’s and gender studies department at The College of New Jersey.

“It’s not just Halloween,” Nicolosi says. “Halloween is just a manifestation of what’s appropriate for girls and what’s appropriate for boys.”

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(Costumes: Costume SuperCenter. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Career vs. playtime

These police officer costumes from Costume SuperCenter reflect the same stark differences in look and marketing.

“If your boy dreams of protecting and serving someday, then this set will help him realize his fantasies,” says the caption for the “Deluxe Police Officer.”

“Has your big brother been teasing you too much? Lock him up for being a jerk when you put on this Girl’s 3 Piece Playtime Police Costume,” the website says of the girls’ costume.

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(Costumes: Spirit Halloween. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Cute or complicated?

Consider, too, the poses of child models in the photos used to sell girls’ costumes, Nicolosi says.

“Even if you look at the ways in which these costumes are advertised, boys are always active,” she says. “Girls in some way emphasize passivity — what they are instead of what they do.

In these “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” costumes from Spirit Halloween, both children are dressed as the character Leonardo. None of the turtles, who are all male characters, wear a skirt. But here again is the girlish look embraced by so many other costumes — and a “cutesy” pose.

Some parents would say a dress is “cuter” for the girl.

“They are cute,” Nicolosi says. “The bigger issue is understanding the ways in which these costumes reinforce rigid gender roles.”

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Skirts as progress

While some see feminine details on costumes as empty gestures, others consider the application of a skirt to traditionally male characters as forward-thinking.

“It seems like most people, when asked to imagine a knight in their mind, they picture a strapping man in shining armor atop a horse,” reads the description for the “Girl’s Warrior Knight” costume on HalloweenCostumes.com. “We’d like to change that, and we think this girl’s warrior knight costume is a great start!”

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(Costumes: Costume SuperCenter. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Sexualization and infantilization

“It’s only a hot skip and a jump to a sexy nurse costume,” Nicolosi says.

“They take active female roles — nurses, teachers — they take these professions that are female-dominated and they reduce them to what a woman looks like as opposed to the job that she does,” Nicolosi says.

The end result is sobering, she says: “We’re sexualizing children and we’re infantilizing adult women.”

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(Costumes: Costume SuperCenter. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Rigid rules

Some think the skirted costumes should be there for girls who would want to use the feminine detail to put their own stamp on a character. And others think these looks can coexist alongside a greater sense of fluidity between costume categories. Would a girl feel freer to pick the boys’ Pokemon costume, for example, if it was included in the “girls” section?

“Halloween should be fun for kids,” says Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. He says he’s seeing more parents starting to let their children express who they are in general, not just on Halloween.

“When we make costumes so clearly gendered for girls and boys for kids, we send a message that it’s not OK for them to choose a particular costume,” he says. “We don’t need to be enforcing rigid rules for them. If a little girl wants to be a ninja turtle, she doesn’t need a special modified costume to be a ninja turtle.”

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(Costumes: HalloweenCostumes.com. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Pressures of costume play

Schatz, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the author of “Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and Our Future!” (City Lights, 2015). She put together this photo essay of costumes for girls that are inspired by women activists, athletes, authors, innovators and pioneers.

Last year, Schatz’s daughter insisted on being princess Elsa from the Disney movie “Frozen,” like so many of her peers.

“That is a form of gender expression and make-believe,” she says, which she doesn’t find all that bad. But she does believe the pressure to pick a costume that will be accepted by a social group is one keenly felt by children.

“It’s not just about the costumes for girls,” she says. “A lot of the costumes for boys are violent and they have these muscles.”

Looking at the two pirate costumes above, the differences are again immediately apparent. The “Child Pirate Costume on the right is a classic buccaneer. The one on the left is a girls’ costume called “Salty Taffy,” described as “the most adorable swashbuckler the ocean has ever seen.”

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Labeling identity

“Halloween is a time where gender expectations are really laid bare for kids,” Schatz says. But she calls the rise of skirt-with-everything costumes a recent trend. When she was a child, the choice was between homemade costumes and store-bought ones — not whether or not a costume had a tutu bottom.

But now, Schatz says that thanks to the social media activism of parents like Lin Kramer, more gender-neutral costumes will come to the fore. The Disney Store still has boys’ and girls’ tabs on its website, but recently dropped gender labels on its costume products in favor of “kids.”

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(Costumes: Costume SuperCenter. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Do girls have more choices?

The costume on the left is considered unisex, but the ruffled costume on the right is relegated to the girls’ category.

This kind of example is one reason that Howard Beige thinks girls aren’t shortchanged in the costume department.

“I believe there are much more choices for girls out there than for boys,” he says.

Beige is executive vice president of Rubie’s Costume Company, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of costumes based in Melville, N.Y.

“If they like it, they’re going to buy that style,” he says. “They don’t care that it’s a boy in the photograph.” Not so for most boys, he says — he thinks that most of the time, they may well tend to avoid showing interest in a costume if a girl is wearing it in the photo on the package.

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Picking the ‘wrong’ costume

In 2012, the ABC hidden-camera series “What Would You Do?” addressed the issue of gendered costumes and what is acceptable for boys and girls to wear during Halloween.

The show put two scenarios to the test at Spirit Halloween: first, a boy put on a yellow dress costume depicting Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Then, a girl walked around the store in a muscled Spider-Man costume.

In each instance, the actress playing their mother fretted, telling fellow customers that her son or daughter was picking a costume meant for the other gender. Most of those shopping sided with her, telling the girl she’d look prettier in a dress, and telling the boy’s mother that he’d get made fun of in school. Wouldn’t he rather be a fireman, a ninja, or a soldier, they asked?

“No, war is bad,” the boy said.

More than one customer told the mother that she should put a stop to this kind of behavior now — before it got worse. However, one customer sided with the girl and her wish to be Spider-Man, telling the mother that maybe it was Spider-Man’s heroism that her daughter admired, which made her a strong girl.

“Know that there are more girls like you,” she told the girl in the Spider-Man costume, when her mother wasn’t looking.

This customer later told the show’s host that she suspected the mother was obviously harboring some very intense fears about her child’s identity.

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(Costumes: Rubie’s Costume Company. Image: Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Female characters

Of course, when there is an actual female character to draw on, costumes can appear less contrived.

In the realm of Superman, Beige says, there’s both Wonder Woman and Supergirl; the latter character is the star of a new TV series.

However he agrees with the notion that feminine-looking costumes do well because there is a demand for them.

“In most styles, the one that is skirted sells better, as long as it’s not too short,” he says. He’s been around the costume industry his whole life — his parents started Rubie’s as a candy shop in Queens in 1949.

“We’ve been dealing with this issue for years,” he says of the way costumes are informed by gender. “Our job at Rubie’s is to offer the consumer choices and let the consumer decide what is appropriate.”

Beige says he would get letters if Rubie’s didn’t have “girly” variations on costumes.

“A costume is a very personal thing, particularly for a child,” he says — an expression of self imbued with more meaning than even the daily wardrobe, he says. After all, skirt or no, Halloween only comes around once a year.

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Adult versions of this superhero costume are a bit more formfitting than this “Avengers 2” version for children, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Black Widow costume with a skirt.

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Villains and heroes, just as they are

In the arena of costumes that depict female characters — often without skirts — the character Mal from the Disney movie “Descendants” is a popular draw for girls in 2015. She’s the daughter of the villainous Maleficent of “Sleeping Beauty” fame. Notice the absence of tulle.

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A captain, no skirt required

The character Captain Phasma from the upcoming movie “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” may appear to be male — like any number of masked stormtroopers — but is actually female, portrayed by actress Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”).

“When your kid suits up in this, she’ll look tough enough to take on any challenges the galaxy could throw at her,” reads the description on BuyCostumes.com — no ruffles required.

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From the Ghoulish to the Glamorous, These Are the Best, Most Outrageous Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2019

While there are certainly no shortages of Halloween costumes modeled after celebrities and their distinctive styles, celebrities themselves have been getting very into the costume game themselves, dressing to the nines for fall’s most thrilling holiday.

While some, like Halloween legend Heidi Klum, have already gotten into the spirit with spooky designer duds ahead of her annual Halloween bash where she’ll famously debut yet another over-the-top costume, plenty of other celebs have already brought their A game to Halloween festivities. Look no further than new mama Gabrielle Union, who referenced one of her most beloved roles by dressing up as Bring It On cheerleader Isis in a matching costume with baby Kaavia James. Meanwhile, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake went meta while making a case for the non-cheesy couples costume with Biel dressing as Timberlake at the height of his boy band fame in *NSYNC, while Timberlake came attired as her microphone.

From the ghoulish to the glamorous, here’s a look back at the best celebrity Halloween costumes of 2019.

Best Mommy and Me costume: Gabrielle Union and Kaavia James

Gabrielle Union and her mini-me, baby daughter Kaavia James, dressed up as Union’s beloved Bring It On cheerleader, Isis.

Best Casual Halloween Flex: Heidi Klum

While Heidi’s probably best known for her labor-intensive over-the-top costumes and fabulous Halloween parties, she showed that she’s great at being spooky in the downtime too – just look at her casual Moschino and Prada Halloween duds.

Best Couples Costume: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

While couples costumes can easily veer into cheesy territory, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake brought the laughs when she dressed up as him during his boy band*NSYNC hey day, while he dressed up as her microphone.

Most Meta Moment: Stormi Webster

Kylie Jenner’s baby Stormi Webster, was dressed as her mother at this year’s Met Gala in a tiny replica of Jenner’s resplendent feathered Versace gown.

Best Theme Interpretation: Tracee Ellis Ross

At Gabrielle Union’s very excellent Halloween birthday party, which was “California Love” themed, Ellis didn’t shy away from committing to a costume, going as the legendary DJ Quik, complete with drawn-on facial hair. The costume was so good, it earned a co-sign from the ultimate West Coast icon, the Doggfather himself, Snoop Dogg.

When Halloween imitates life: Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham turned up the heat as animation’s most curvaceous bombshell, Jessica Rabbit.

Most Likely to Turn Halloween into Beauty Con: Demi Lovato

From a stunning Pennywise to a powdered Marie Antoinette, Demi Lovato served face on Halloween.

Icons as Icons: Lisa Rinna

It takes a tour de force to be able to embody the inimitable Jennifer Lopez, but RHOBH doyenne Lisa Rinna was up to the challenge.

Get You a Girl Who Can Do Both: Halsey

Halsey proved that she could do both goth and glam well this Halloween, channeling Marilyn Manson and Cher in one weekend.

Best Musical Impression: Ciara and Russell Wilson

Ciara and Russell Wilson paid homage to their fellow power couple Bey and Jay Z by recreating their looks from the “APESH*T” video. Another Easter egg of a homage to another power couple? The Wilsons replaced the Mona Lisa with a portrait of the Obamas.

Best Villain: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj was a mix of mischief and horror with her very accurate Harley Quinn costume.

Most Likely to Catch Them All: Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko’s Ash Ketchum costume was widely admired by all, including her ex, Big Sean, who revealed on Instagram that he was planning a similar costume.

The Hero We Deserve: Luna Stephens

Luna Stephens proved she was the hero we need in an adorable and tiny Wonder Woman costume.

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It’s the most spook-tacular time of the year! Halloween is here and celebrities are transforming themselves with crazy costumes, wigs and makeup as they step out at parties and go trick or treating.

While Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake may have won the prize for 2019’s most hilarious costumes — she dressed as ‘NSync-era JT along with a blonde Afro, while he was a microphone and four of their pals went as the other members of the boy band — several other stars pulled out all the stops.

Demi Lovato donned not one but two dazzling costumes, first as a modern-day interpretation of Marie Antoinette, then as a female Pennywise from Stephen King’s horror-filled It.

At the Casamigos Halloween party, held at cofounder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday, October 25, Lisa Rinna stole the show as she channeled Jennifer Lopez in her iconic plunging green Versace silk chiffon dress from the Grammy Awards in 2000.

The theme for the night was Psychedelic Spirits, celebrating 50 years after the summer of ’69, with plenty of stars including Cindy Crawford getting into spirit of the era with neon-bright and bold-print outfits.

The following night, the stars of American Horror Story celebrated its 100th episode at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Halsey and new boyfriend Evan Peters made their red carpet debut as a couple at the event, with the pair dressing up as iconic singing duo Sonny and Cher.

Other stars took to Instagram to show off their Halloween outfits, with Elizabeth Hurley donning a yellow jumpsuit in homage to the movie assassin known as The Bride, who was played by Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.

Heidi Klum, who’s the queen of Halloween thanks to the over-the-top costumes she wears to her annual party, kicked off the celebrations by sharing a photo of herself as a firework covered head-to-toe in glitter as she kissed her new husband, Tom Kaulitz.

Scroll down to see more pics of celebs dressed up for Halloween 2019 including Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn, and Dean Unglert and Caelynn Miller-Keyes.

Best Halloween Costume Ideas for 2019

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The countdown to Halloween is officially on, and what better way to anticipate this creative, fall holiday tradition than to peruse 2019’s best costume ideas?

The dress-up possibilities for this ghostly celebration are endless, and you are definitely going to want to start your hunt ASAP. With styles and trends for all ages, even your dog should be able to find the perfect Halloween costume by the end of October.

1. Deadpool

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2. The Incredibles

The new 2018 sequel to the original The Incredibles movie had everyone sitting on their edge of their seat for the release date. I think the best way to describe The Incredibles fans is with the word “antsy,” as they waited for this movie to finally release. With the end of October only 31 days away, our antsy Incredibles fans finally get to show their loyalty this Halloween by sporting the widely-known Incredibles spandex wherever they go.

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3. Game of Thrones

If you have ever seen Game of Thrones, you will know that pretty much any character on this show can be made into a costume. Whether you want to aim for re-creating a White Walker look, the classic Daenerys Targaryen braids and flowing outfit or even just a Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister vibe, the opportunities for looking like your favorite Game of Thrones personality are endless.

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4. Star Wars

I know this costume was popular in 1977 when the first Star Wars film was released, but surprise – it is still popular in 2019 due to the latest Star Wars movie release in 2018, and the upcoming Star Wars movie this coming December. This legendary movie series has no expiration date, and neither do the iconic Star Wars costumes. Now with more options than ever, check out the replica costume for your favorite character.

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5. IT (Either Chapters)

Nothing is scarier than clowns, hence why Stephen King’s IT films make dressing up as their main character very simple. Because this clown already has the spook-factor down, you will just need to purchase your well-known clown attire to go along with your terror-filled tactics for this year’s Halloween.

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6. The Lion King

Let’s take a second to remember that not everyone wants to take the “horrifyingly scary” approach to Halloween this fall; which is why mimicking one of the animals from The Lion King is both a great and ‘furry’ alternative to a scream-worthy costume. Whether you want to go for the simple lion tail and ears or the full animal suit, this furry costume will have all Lion King-lovers saying “Hakuna Matata” on October 31st.

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7. The Avengers

To book-end this Halloween costume list with the rest of the Avengers cast, try taking on the super-hero style and sport your favorite hero and or/heroine. From Iron Man, to Captain Marvel, to Thor or even Bruce Banner, the Avengers offer a wide variety of ideas so that you too can save the world this Halloween (even if it is just the neighborhood kid from a sugar coma).

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Celebrities got in on some of the trendy pop culture Halloween costume ideas of 2019 and did so with style, giving their takes on the untethered from “Us,” Pennywise the Clown from “It Chapter 2,” the Genie from “Aladdin” and even dressing up as one of the year’s other breakout stars, Billie Eilish.

And with Halloween falling during the middle of the week this year, take a look below at how Hollywood got creative with their costumes a bit early.

Kevin Hart as Dwayne Johnson

Kevin Hart went throwback and dressed as his buddy Dwayne Johnson back when he was young, still had a full head of curly hair and thought it was cool to rock chains and fanny packs.

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???????????????????????? This shit makes me laugh. #NailedIt #HappyHalloween #PeepTheNapkinUnderMyElbow

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Nicki Minaj as Harley Quinn

“Birds of Prey” comes out next year Nicki!

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Behind the scenes w/The JOKER…coming soon ???????????? – Happy HalloQueen ????

A post shared by Barbie (@nickiminaj) on Oct 28, 2019 at 6:00am PDT

Jessica Biel as Justin Timberlake (and Justin Timberlake as an unhappy microphone)

Jessica Biel dressed up as her husband Justin Timberlake from his ’90s N’SYNC days, admitting that this is the price she had to pay for going on Jimmy Fallon and admitting that she didn’t know any of his old songs — despite being married to him. And she brought JT along for the ride as a big microphone while she was at it.

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This is what happens when you admit on TV that you don’t know any NSYNC songs and you’re married to @justintimberlake. Well played, husband, well played.

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Kim Kardashian as Elle Woods (“Legally Blonde”)

What, like it’s hard? Kim Kardashian West didn’t just dress up as Reese Witherspoon’s character from “Legally Blonde,” she did a shot for shot remake of the sequence in the film in which Elle Woods sends in a video essay to Harvard Law. The studio behind the film, MGM, even proposed that the next line of Yeezy clothes should all be in pink in honor of the video.

Elle Woods Harvard Video Essay pic.twitter.com/PNMBs2dl0C

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 31, 2019

Ciara and Russell Wilson as The Carters

Ciara and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson went “Ape$#!%” this Halloween and dressed up as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, recreating the music video from the duo’s recent collaborative album.

Jay & Bey. pic.twitter.com/hSpu1ckwTs

— Ciara (@ciara) October 30, 2019

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From the Wilsons to the Carters to the Obamas… Much Love & Respect. We goin Ape $#!% #HappyHalloween

A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Oct 30, 2019 at 5:22am PDT

Kate Beckinsale and Jonathan Voluck as Audrey Hepburn and Elton John

Kate Beckinsale snapped this shot with her friend Jonathan Voluck inside a grocery store, with her dressed as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” era Audrey Hepburn, and he dressed as Elton John in his rhinestoned Dodger Stadium jersey as seen in “Rocketman.”

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Don’t go breaking my heart, @jsauluck

A post shared by Kate Beckinsale (@katebeckinsale) on Oct 26, 2019 at 12:54am PDT

Gabrielle Union as Isis from “Bring It On”

Gabrielle Union went throwback for her Halloween costume dressing herself and her daughter as her old cheerleader character from the movie “Bring It On.”

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Brought It. #CaliforniaLove

A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on Oct 27, 2019 at 1:50pm PDT

Ashley Graham as Jessica Rabbit

Supermodel Ashley Graham didn’t let being pregnant stop her from having some fun, dressing up as the sultry “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” cartoon character.

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Macho Man knocked up Jessica Rabbit for Halloween

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Demi Lovato as Marie Antoinette and Pennywise

Demi Lovato took advantage of the midweek Halloween and dressed up twice, going from “Let them eat cake” to “You’ll float too.”

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Last night was so sick.. thanks to @hydesunset @sbecollection @umamiburger ????????????????????????????

A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Oct 27, 2019 at 8:15pm PDT

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Halsey as Marilyn Manson and Cher

The pop singer Halsey emulated two of her musical idols on two completely different ends of the spectrum. In one costume, she put on a whole lot of leather and eyeliner and posed with an Insane Clown Posse juggalo as Marilyn Manson, and she also showed up on the red carpet with Evan Peters as Sonny and Cher.

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resident goths. @marilynmanson

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Been dying to try out a good @cher makeup forever and finally got to! ????????????????

A post shared by halsey (@iamhalsey) on Oct 27, 2019 at 2:55pm PDT

Elizabeth Hurley as The Bride (“Kill Bill”)

While others might’ve tried imitating Brad Pitt from Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Liz Hurley threw it back to Uma Thurman and dressed in bright yellow as the samurai sword-wielding assassin The Bride from the “Kill Bill.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross as Red (“Us”)

Someone get Jordan Peele on the phone. Tracee Ellis Ross pulled off a perfect look as the untethered family from this year’s “Us,” even dressing up her whole family and mimicking Lupita Nyong’o’s creepy, distorted speech.

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DeAndre Hopkins as the Genie (“Aladdin”)

Houston Texans athlete DeAndre Hopkins took the cue from Will Smith and dressed as the Genie from the live-action remake of “Aladdin.” Fantasy football players are wishing to this genie for some more touchdowns.

Make a wish ????‍♂️????‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/HMiz0AWnj8

— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) October 29, 2019

HAIM as Hanson

The band of sisters HAIM donned some mop-top wigs and even teased a new song that’s in the vein of the ’90s band of brothers Hanson this Halloween.

happy HAIMoween ???? get ready for our new song thats a HAIMMMMMMMMbop TOMORROW xoxo HAIMson pic.twitter.com/xfZzcR9KAO

— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) October 29, 2019

Nina Dobrev as Billie Eilish

“DUH,” Nina Dobrev wrote on Instagram as she dressed up as a spitting image of this year’s biggest new pop star Billie Eilish, complete with the green streak of hair and all.

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Patrick Schwarzenegger and Abbie Champion as Austin Powers and a Fembot

Arnie’s son did his best Mike Myers impression and dressed as the International Man of Mystery this Halloween.

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Ohhhhh behave. U look smashing baby

A post shared by Patrick Schwarzenegger (@patrickschwarzenegger) on Oct 26, 2019 at 12:11pm PDT

Liam Payne as Clark Kent

Former One Direction singer Liam Payne said he almost “took flight” after going on stage donning a Superman outfit just underneath his suit jacket.

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Last night’s #KISSHAUNTED show was so much fun I almost took flight

A post shared by Liam Payne (@liampayne) on Oct 26, 2019 at 6:22am PDT

Tony Hawk as Larry David

“Do you respect wood? I revere wood,” skateboarder Tony Hawk wrote quoting “Curb Your Enthusiasm” after he dressed up as none other than Larry David this Halloween and even performed a trick, an image I don’t think we’ll ever get the real Larry David to attempt.

Happy Halloween! Quick question: Do you respect wood? I revere wood. pic.twitter.com/kj4ZKh8xlW

— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) October 31, 2019

Tom Brady as a Stormtrooper

The Patriots QB said he’s listed as a “Did Not Practice” on Thursday after getting into costume. It honestly would surprise no one if TB12 showed up as a cameo in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Thursday Practice Notes: Brady (QB) – Did Not Practice – Refused to take off stormtrooper helmet. #happyhalloween pic.twitter.com/RLV1HZev4i

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 31, 2019

Rose McGowan as Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby”

Rose McGowan paid tribute to “one of the greatest women ever” in recreating an image from a classic psychological horror film, “Rosemary’s Baby.”

my Halloween costume is an homage to one if the greatest women ever @miafarrow pic.twitter.com/pWNtDSLUE9

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2019

Cardi B as a Nurse

Cardi B didn’t just dress as a nurse for Halloween but wore her outfit on stage at a recent show.

I’m here to assist your shhhttaaaankin ass❤️ pic.twitter.com/7cKkdDFrQC

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) October 27, 2019

Celebrity kids do Halloween

Celebrity parents are proving that a lot of great fancy dress comes in miniature, sharing pictures of their children outfitted for Halloween.

This year, there have been some adorable costumes, from Kehlani’s baby avocado bundle of joy through to more extreme outfits we doubt the kids had any choice in. (What did Stormi Webster want to dress up as for Halloween?)

David and Victoria Beckham (Billie Eilish)

David and Victoria Beckham’s children went all out this Halloween, but no one more than their daughter Harper who paid homage to singer Billie Eilish. Wearing an all white look, chains, a straight blue wig and navy tear tracks right out of Eilish’s music videos, she posed with David (who went as Arrow), a jail-bound Brooklyn and neon green Romeo whose costume baffled many.

Cardi B (Moana)

Cardi B’s daughter Kulture dressed up as Disney character Moana, however the daughter of the singer and rapper Offset didn’t seem to be that impressed. The Money performer shared a video on Instagram of her daughter looking around in confusion as Cardi sang one of the film’s biggest songs, with Cardi captioning the video, “Moana have a little attitude today.”

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian (Angels and devils)

Kourtney Kardashian shared a picture of both her and her sister Kim’s daughters on Instagram, which saw them dress up as a trio of angels and devils with another friend. Kim’s daughter North went as a devil (complete with a fierce scowl) while Kourtney’s daughter Penelope played the middle ground as a mix between an angel and devil.

Ali Wong (Kiki’s Delivery Service)

The comedian proved that the Wong household is firmly a Studio Ghibli fanclub, as she dressed in a Kiki outfit from Kiki’s Delivery Service while her children (whose faces were blurred out) dressed in Totoro onesies. Her husband carried her witches’ broomstick.

Kylie Jenner (Met Gala look)

Jenner’s daughter Stormi Webster, who she had with rapper Travis Scott, was dressed in Jenner’s feathered gown from the Met Gala earlier this year. Wearing a silvery lilac wig just as her mother did, she struggled to walk around in the heavy outfit and looked a little confused.

Gabrielle Union (Clovers cheerleader uniform from Bring It On)

Union thrilled 90s kids when she brought her iconic Bring It On character back for Halloween, donning her green Clovers cheerleader uniform and bright yellow hair bow. Union, who played Isis in the Kirsten Dunst film, passed the nostalgia trip onto her daughter Kaavia James who wore a similar outfit… and a big frown on her face.

Ciara (Young Michael and Janet Jackson)

Ciara’s children paid homage to Michael and Janet Jackson back in their early days, dressing up her children in matching pink outfits as they posed against a backdrop that read The Jacksons.

She shared one video where her children were seen dancing and her son Future channelled his best moves with a pair of white brogues.

Kehlani (Avocado baby)

Kehlani’s bundle of joy Adey Nomi Young-White was dressed in an avocado costume.

Ashley Graham (Jessica Rabbit bump)

Graham technically dressed her baby-to-be up, as the heavily pregnant model squeezed her bump into a bright red latex Jessica Rabbit gown. The look was completed with purple gloves, the cartoon character’s distinctive make-up and her partner Justin Ervin who dressed as Macho Man.

Bretman Rock (Spongebob Squarepants)

Beauty guru Bretman Rock turned things out for Halloween, enlisting his niece Cleo for a Spongebob Squarepants’ costume. Bretman went as a very provocative version of Spongebob’s close friend Patrick the starfish, while Cleo wandered around wearing a yellow box designed to look like the cartoon character.

Khloe Kardashian (Swan Lake)

Khloe Kardashian teased that her daughter True Thompson has not just one, but multiple Halloween looks. The first debuted earlier today on Khloe’s Instagram and featured True dressed as a literal Swan Lake princess, with True wearing a gigantic stuffed toy swan puppet and a crystal hairband.

Sara Foster (Friends – with feedback from Courteney Cox herself)

Barely Famous star Sara Foster’s costume saw her and her two daughters recreate the women of Friends, with one of her daughters wearing a blonde wig as she strummed on a cardboard guitar while another attempted to take on Rachel Green’s pout.

Foster’s costume as Monica, which featured a cardboard box with the Central Perk logo drawn on it, did not impress Courteney Cox however who commented, “You… Who the hell are you?”

Seeing what incredible costumes celebrities wear for Halloween every year is one of our favourite parts of the festive day. From the Beckham family to the Loose Women panel, here we round up the best celebrity Halloween costumes for 2019…

The Beckhams

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Victoria and David Beckham gave fans on social media an insight into their Halloween celebrations this year. The couple shared snaps of David and two of his sons in fancy dress, with little Harper dressed up as one of her favourite artists Billie Eilish.

Amanda Holden

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They’re creepy & they’re kooky, mysterious & spooky, @thisisheart #breakfast #family 🖤

A post shared by Amanda Holden (@noholdenback) on Oct 31, 2019 at 1:33am PDT

BGT judge Amanda Holden and her Heart Radio co-host Jamie Theakston dressed up as Morticia and Gomez Addams from The Addams Family for Halloween this year. Amanda was almost unrecognisable as she swapped her blonde locks for a black wig and powdered makeup.

Holly Willoughby

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Dorothy… thank you @davidobrien75 ❤️

A post shared by Holly Willoughby (@hollywilloughby) on Oct 31, 2019 at 4:17am PDT

This Morning star Holly Willoughby went for cute over creepy with her Halloween costume this year. The mum-of-three swapped her usual stylish high street outfits for a Dorothy costume on the morning show, complete with an auburn wig and sparkly red heels. All she needs now is her very own Toto!

Loose Women

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Well that was fun! 😂 #HappyHalloween! 🎃👻 #LooseWomen

A post shared by Loose Women (@loosewomen) on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:59am PDT

The Loose Women panel went all out on the show for Halloween, dressing up as characters from the classic show Scooby Doo.

Heidi Klum

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Heidi Klum’s Halloween costumes are iconic. Every year the model’s fancy dress gets better and better, so it’s no surprise that Heidi’s costume for 2019 was one of the best celeb costumes this year. The model sat for hours in the window of the Amazon bookstore in New York as fans watched her incredible transformation into Frankenstein.

Craig Revel Horwood

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The Strictly Come Dancing judge looked incredible in a Cruella de Vil costume at the Jonathan Ross Halloween party, with three pals dressed as dalmatians.

Liz Hurley

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Model Liz Hurley looked amazing in a Kill Bill costume complete with a blonde wig.

Mrs Hinch

Author and Instagram star Mrs Hinch swapped her blonde hair for an incredible black wig, creating a terrifying Halloween costume centred around cleaning gone wrong…

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Is Harper Beckham the bad guy? Duh!

The 8-year-old daughter of Victoria and David Beckham dressed up as one of her favorite singers for Halloween on Thursday — Billie Eilish.

The adorable British cutie got fully into the look, stealing her posh mom’s makeup to draw black tear stains like in Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” music video. She also rocked blue hair and an all-white outfit with chain necklaces, just like Eilish’s video style.

“Harper Seven LOVES @billieeilish (and a heavy eye!??) kisses x VB x,” Victoria captioned a photo of her daughter’s bold look.

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Harper Seven LOVES @billieeilish (and a heavy eye!😂😂) kisses x VB x

A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Nov 1, 2019 at 12:26am PDT

Harper even helped out her former soccer pro dad, David Beckham, put on some makeup, which David documented on his Instagram Story.

“Sorry mummy we used up your makeup @Victoriabeckham,” he captioned a photo of Harper applying his dark black eyes.

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Harper was joined by her older brothers Brooklyn, 20, and Romeo, 17, for her Halloween outing, but her favorite part of the night came when she ran into another celebrity family.

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When mummy brings @cruzbeckham home for school look what happens! 😂👏🏼😂👏🏼😂 kisses x

A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Nov 1, 2019 at 12:37am PDT

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The Biebs reposted the message to his own account after telling fans that he was handing out snow cones.

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