The city comes alive, or undead, with the spooky allure of Halloween as 31 October looms near. Autumn ushers in a bewitching occasion of bloodlust on the big screen, copious doses of pumpkin spice and haunting celebrations worldwide. Amidst the boisterous festivities emerge a melting pot of shape-shifting and metamorphosis, as the crowd borrows costume inspirations from pop culture and beyond in honour of the trick-or-treat season.
The ideas are limitless. Aside from the onslaught of typical Halloween portrayals of devil horns and witches’ hats, one would be spoilt for choice when looking to film and television. From historical figures to cultural icons, animation to live action, the big screen holds mighty inspiration for costume reference. This year’s pervasive favourites lean towards the likes of Barbie and Spiderman, which each had respective films that topped the box office earlier this year. In the celebrity domain, power-couples Justin and Hailey Bieber and Taylor Swift with new beau Travis Kelce make for savvy duo costume inspo.
The celebrity sphere is no different, with stars taking the streets by storm bedecked in silver screen grandeur. While some keep it elementary, others knew no bounds, bringing the brilliance of film and television to life by way of radical makeovers. With the assistance from their trusty crew of stylists and make-up artists, celebrity Halloween costumes shared an unspoken theme of cinema this year, transforming into motion picture icons of past and present. Some opted for timeless classics, such as Saweetie’s Edward Scissorhands transformation and Keke Palmer’s joint Frankenstein effort between mother and son, marking baby Leodis’s Halloween debut. Others looked to cult favourites—see Chloe Bailey as Game of Thrones‘s Khaleesi and Hailey Bieber as Carmen Electra’s portrayal of Drew Decker in the Scary Movie franchise.
Below, we gather the best celebrity Halloween costumes this year.
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Ke$ha as Carrie from 'Carrie'
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Zayn as Voldemort from 'Harry Potter'
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Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dome as Pete Davidson and Timothée Chalamet from 'Saturday Night Live'
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Summer Walker as The Cat in the Hat
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Perrie Edwards and son Axel as Linguini and Remy from 'Ratatouille'
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Lil Nas X as Little Richard
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Khloe and Kim Kardashian as Bratz dolls
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Janelle Monae as a chameleon
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Heidi Klum as a peacock
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Camila Cabello as Mia Thermopolis from 'The Princess Diaries'
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Anok Yai as Queen Akasha from 'The Vampire Chronicles'
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Kim Kardashian and daughter North West as Cher and Dionne from 'Clueless'
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Kylie and Kendall Jenner as Sugar and Spice from 'Batman Forever'
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Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian as Beetlejuice and Lydia from 'Beetlejuice'
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Mariah Carey as Jessica Rabbit
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Christina Aguilera as Cher
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Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande as Cristal Connors and Nomi Malone from 'Showgirls'
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Cole Sprouse as Leon S. Kennedy from 'Resident Evil'
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Ed Sheeran as Chucky
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Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz as Rosemary and baby from 'Rosemary's baby'
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Shay Mitchell and daughter Atlas as Elphaba and Glinda from 'Wicked'
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Chloe Bailey as Khaleesi from 'Game of Thrones'
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Justin Bieber as a scuba diver
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Edward Norton and Shauna Robertson as David and Victoria Beckham
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Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber as Danny and Sandy from 'Grease'
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Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber as Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick
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Demi Lovato as Snow White
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Tyga as Art the Clown from 'Terrifier'
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Adele as Morticia Addams from 'The Addams Family'
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Halsey and Avan Jogia as a siren and a pirate
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Megan Thee Stallion as a flower from Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'
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Lizzo as Tina Turner
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Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly as Gogo Yubari and The Bride from 'Kill Bill'
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Kendall Jenner as Marilyn Monroe
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Hailey Bieber as Drew Decker from 'Scary Movie'
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Ice Spice as Betty Boop
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Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch and Lili Reinhart as Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn
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Halle Bailey and DDG as Justice and Lucky from 'Poetic Justice'
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Paris Hilton as Britney Spears from the 'Toxic' music video
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Joey King and Steven Piet as Karl 'Madman' Mundt and Barton Fink from 'Barton Fink'
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Keke Palmer and son Leodis as the Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein
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Kourtney Kardashian as Kim Kardashian from the Met Gala in 2013
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Tontawan Tantivejakul as Draculaura in Monster High
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Khalid as Neo from 'The Matrix'
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Kelsea Ballerini as Barbie
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Hayley Kiyoko and Becca Tilley as Glinda and Elphaba from 'Wicked'
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Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams as Seemingly Ranch and Ketchup
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Khloe Kardashian and son Tatum as cows
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Jessica Alba as Britney Spears from the 'Toxic' music video
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Chord Overstreet and Glen Powell as Cal Naughton Jr. and Ricky Bobby from 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby'
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Victoria Justice as a whoopee cushion
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Alessandra Ambrosio as a golden goddess
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Jodie Turner-Smith as a school girl
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Lori Harvey as Lara Croft from 'Tomb Raider'
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