7 of the best celebrity Halloween costumes of all time—for all your spooky season inspo

Heidi Klum as Fiona from 'Shrek'? Drew Barrymore as her 'Scream' character? These celebrity Halloween costumes go all out, and are all the inspiration you need for this year...

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Heidi Klum attends Heidi Klum's 19th Annual Halloween Party at Lavo on October 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Lupita Nyong'o attends Heidi Klum's 19th Annual Halloween Party at Lavo on October 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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Hollywood goes all out for spooky season, meaning the best celebrity Halloween costumes from yesteryear make ideal inspiration for your own get-up for the 31 October this year (the big day is just over two months away, after all!) 

When you're stuck for inspiration, there are few better people to turn to than the A-list, including the likes of Halloween queen Heidi Klum, Gabrielle Union, the Kardashians and more. Their previous OTT costumes—from horror movie characters to cartoon characters—are sure to get your creative costume juices flowing for this year's Halloween.

So before you get yourself into the festive spirit by watching some of the best Halloween movies for shrieks and screams, and before browsing Halloween hair color options, take a look at My Imperfect Life's pick of the best celebrity Halloween costumes of all time to inspire your look in 2023; as well as some purchases that will make your recreation super easy to do...

7 best celebrity Halloween costumes of all time to inspire your next look

1. Halsey as the Corpse Bride

Oftentimes Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, aka Emily, hides in the shadows of Jack Skellington's love interest, Sally. But thankfully, in 2020, Halsey did the beloved, deceased character justice, and then some. 

Her Halloween costume for this year took our breath away (if we had any!), with expert make-up portraying the skeletal character, and an amazing, flower-filled blue wig. 

Here are our top buys for recreating this look...

2. Gabrielle Union as 'Bring It On's' Isis

Remember the time Gabrielle Union and her daughter channeled the actor's Bring It On character for Halloween? We loved it. Awesome, oh wow, like, totally freaked us out! 

If you don't have your own cheerleading costume from the set of your hit movie, here's where and how to recreate this iconic (and classic) Halloween look. We can't promise an outfit exactly like Gabrielle's, but these picks capture the essence of her fun costume...

3. Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker as Sid and Nancy

Are we truly surprised that this loved-up duo have previously donned a couple's Halloween costume? The PDA-positive lovebirds decided to channel Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in 2021, but, truly, it doesn't seem too far removed from their everyday ensembles!

If you fancy replicating Kourt's look, this buys could help...

4. Drew Barrymore as 'Scream's' Casey Becker

We love it when stars poke fun at their own film or TV characters. In this lovable nod to the '90s horror masterpiece Scream, Drew Barrymore—who was famously in the film for all of five minutes—dresses up as her character, Casey Becker, alongside her killer. 

And thankfully, this look is super easy to recreate with just a few essentials—in fact, apart from the Scream mask and blonde wig, you might have everything you need in your closet at home! Just make sure to rope in a friend for the part of the serial killer...

5. Lupita Nyong'o as Dionne in Clueless

Ugh, as if! Lupita Nyong'o completely nailed the Clueless look with Dionne's all-plaid outfit back in 2018, at (who else) Heidi Klum's Halloween party—and we are still obsessed.

As if the amazing hat and matching co-ord wasn't enough, the actress also bought with her a legit, old-time phone and bedazzled it. LOVE.

lupita nyongo' as dion from clueless in plaid

(Image credit: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Though it might be tricky to get close to how awesome this costume is (it likely cost big bucks to make), here's how to replicate it on a budget...

6. Heidi Klum as...everything!

The reigning queen of Halloween goes all out when it comes to the frightening festivities. The proof is in the photos, people!

Year after year, the supermodel kills it in the outfit stakes, and regularly dons prosthetics and extensive make-up for the occasion—having done Fiona from Shrek, Jessica Rabbit, a worm (yes, really) and even herself, alongside model clones, in the past.

Obviously, recreating Heidi's more elaborate looks will take more time and money than most of us probably have to spare. But if you fancy taking inspo from her amazing looks, here's where to buy similar Shrek and Jessica Rabbit looks...

7. The Kardashians as Victoria's Secret Angels

Yes, we're aware the Kardashians are in this round-up twice, but we simply couldn't conclude it without including their absolutely iconic, and super famous Halloween looks of 2018, when all five sisters dressed up as Victoria's Secret Angels!

With one *actual* VS gal in the mix at the time (Kendall, obvs), the sisters, Kourtney, Khloe, Kim, Kendall and Kylie donned skimpy white lingerie and enormous white wings taken from the actual Victoria's Secret brand for the night. And they looked amazing.

Again, it's not easy to recreate this Kardashians Halloween look without the right cash and connections, as the world-famous family do, but it's definitely possible! Just be sure to pick up these essentials...

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again. 

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