Pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu so you know what that means—the best holiday season is upon us. Whether you’re planning to celebrate this year, or just searching for inspiration, let’s take a look at some of the most memorable, iconic, and hilarious celebrity Halloween costumes over the years.
Celebrities dressing as celebrities
Is there anything more meta than seeing your favourite pop culture icon channelling another recognizable face? The internet had a meltdown when Kylie Jenner emerged as Christina Aguilera circa 2002, in a replica of the leather two-piece she wore in her music video for "Dirrty” complete with kohl-rimmed eyeliner and grungy layered hair. Miley Cyrus’ raunchy 2013 VMA performance proved to be a popular source of inspiration that year, with both Paris Hilton and Harry Styles replicating her iconic look. The former opted for a mouse print leotard and space buns, where the latter took a more... simplistic take (a missable pair of shorts and a foam finger covering his nether regions). Chrissy Teigen unforgettably donned a very convincing Guy Fieri costume in 2015, a befitting choice for the model-turned-bestselling-cookbook author.
Good thing come in pairs
The only thing that’s better than celebrities dressing up as each other? When it comes in twos. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were quite the comedic pair attending Heidi Klum's annual Halloween bash dressed as the Olsen twins in their signature all-black ensembles last year. Jessica Biel found inspiration from her husband, Justin Timberlake’s 90s look—curly, blonde wig and teal metallic jumpsuit included. Her best accessory though? JT himself, who dressed as her microphone. Another couple who certainly committed to dressing up was Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz, who were unrecognisable in their Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes, which rivalled that of Disneyworld’s. Aside from the uncanny accuracy of costumes, green face paint and prosthetics, they completed their look with a pram, carrying their little ogre babies.
Keep it simple and dress as your favourite snack
We’ve all seen our fair share of mouthwatering food-themed Halloween outfits, from Georgia’s less-than-flattering rotund olive costume in Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging to Rachel’s unfortunate lonesome marshmallow in the Kissing Booth 2. From Gwen Stefani’s simplistic egg costume to Justin Timberlake’s slightly more elevated version (an omelette), there’s just something about it that makes it a real crowd-pleaser. But of all the A-listers, none seems to have dressed up as food as many times as Katy Perry. We’ve all seen her candy-themed wonderland in “California Girls”, and in the music video for “Bon Appétit”, she sprawls across a table as a human buffet. Her affinity for food-related costumes have extended off-screen, some of her memorable outfits include a personified banana and a singular Flamin’ Hot Cheeto. But the piece that takes the cake (pardon the pun), has to be her post-Met-Gala ensemble when took off her burger costume to reveal her lettuce dress beneath.
We love a good 60s getup—and even more so when it comes as a whole pack. Choosing to kick it old-school, Kendall Jenner dressed up as a seductive, man-killing Fembot in 2018. The model wore a feather-trimmed sheer pink babydoll nightgown, matching fur heels, silky white gloves and a blonde wig to complete her look. She was accompanied by Fai Khadra as the womanizing spy, Austin Powers and Justine Sky as Foxxy Cleopatra, the character portrayed by Beyoncé in Goldmember. Also part of the Austin Powers cinematic universe are Japanese twins Fook-mi and Fook-yu, two characters which Kourtney Kardashian and Stephanie Shephard opted to dress up as. The duo’s attention to detail was faultless—completing the Harajuku school girl look with pink-and-blue hair extensions, over-the-knee socks and oversized backpacks. In the words of Austin Powers himself, Groovy baby!