It’s the Sunday before Halloween, and while you might have already attended some of the parties this past weekend, actual Halloween falls upon a very inconvenient Wednesday this year, and I have the perfect costume for you. Think about it. What’s everyone going to be talking about next week? If you work with the right people (and I know you do) they’re all going to be talking about tonight’s Homeland.
That’s right. The one show whose antics always carry straight through the week — from water coolers to message boards — now that’s the costume you win in-office Halloween costume contest prizes with. And it’s a super easy one to put together.
Halloween means candy corn, haunted houses, and your dad wearing that musty vampire outfit yet again. But it also means Halloween specials on TV! Throughout the years, the small screen has captured the fun of dressing up for the holidays. It’s a time for our favorite characters to get creative and just a tad inappropriate as they sport costumes from the topical, the slutty, or other clever ideas that perfectly reflect their own personalities. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Halloween costumes from TV over the years that may give you some inspiration of what to do…and what not to do.
Best Mystery Costume – The Slutty Pumpkin (How I Met Your Mother): It was that crisp, autumnal night on Halloween when Ted Mosby thought he met the love of his life…in a costume that has become the show’s famed “Slutty Pumpkin.” Though her face was veiled, this mystery woman became the object of Ted’s harvest-filled fantasies. Many years later, we discovered that the woman was none other than Katie Holmes! Even though the costume doesn’t have much originality, we give them props for mocking the “slutty fill-in-the-blank” outfit.
Am I the only one still obsessed with Tan Mom? I don’t mind! Notorious tanning mom Patricia Krentcil left a smudge on my heart the size and color of an orange earlier this year, and I can’t soon forget her. So I made her into a Halloween costume. Enjoy!
Let’s be honest: Everyone you know is already going as Honey Boo Boo. They got the Honey Boo Boos covered. What they don’t know (and what you and I know) is that the true star of Reality TV 2012 isn’t that little Mountain Dew-swilling moppet, but her larger than life mother, “Mama” June Shannon.
Which of course is why you’re going to be dressed as Mama come next week (or probably this Saturday. This mid-day holiday is throwing everybody off.) To be honest, I hesitated to suggest a budget Mama costume, as I didn’t want it to be insulting towards a human I genuinely like and respect. I want to pay her homage, not make her feel bad. You know what I mean? Then I realized: how many of us will ever be Halloween costumes? I don’t mean characters we spawned or memes we created. I mean actual, flesh-and-blood people. The answer is almost none. So save your Sexy Austin Powers and Sexy Jar Jar Binks for next year. Halloween 2012 is going to be All Mama’s Eve.
Did you just realize that even though Halloween isn’t until next week, all your parties are this weekend and you STILL don’t have a costume? VH1 Celebrity is here to save you. Our very creative staff has spent the past week putting off their much more important duties to come up with some clever (and timely!) costumes that you too can pull together with little time and a shoestring budget. We won’t even charge you royalties. First up: One of our favorite memes of election season: Clint Eastwood and his chair, a.k.a. Invisible Obama, from the Republican National Convention. If you’re lucky, this one can cost you less than $10.
1. Find a wooden chair. My husband, Allen (who came up with this whole concept), and I found this one on trash day in Brooklyn. He removed the seat with a very satisfying kick. If no one’s discarding furniture on your block this week, we’re sure you can find something similar at a Goodwill.
It’s safe to say the best part of Halloween is checking out everyone’s costumes, especially celebrities — they’ve got mountains of money, they dress up for a living, they should really be the best at this, right? Unfortunately, some celebs are blessed with both an overabundance of creativity and a lack of good decision-making skills, and there’s a fine line between really great and successful costumes and weird, played out and awful ones. Between Aaron Carter‘s pimp suit (played out and weird for a 14-year-old) and Perez Hilton‘s interpretation of Lady Gaga (weird and awful) there’s no shortage of odd getups. Here are 20 that probably should have never, ever happened.
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We know it would be cliche to say that Katy Perry looks purrfect in her Halloween get up, but, you know what, she does! We can’t deny (adorable) reality! Perry visited Real Radio studios in Manchester, England today rocking lipstick-colored hair and a gold-and-baby-blue feline face mask. Katy looks so good, it’s spooky. Perry’s low-key costume strikes the perfect balance between cute, sexy and scary: cute because of the cat mask, sexy because it’s Katy Perry, scary because the things we would do to get our hands on that coat are unspeakable. Unspeakable.
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Happy Halloween, Fablifers! We’ve already shown you the 40 craziest celeb Halloween costumes, and our 10 faves from this past weekend. But those were all such polished, professional affairs, weren’t they? We’re pretty sure that social networking was created mostly so that we could share hastily snapped pics of ourselves and friends making fools of themselves at Halloween parties. And in that respect — silly celebs in costumes, they’re just like us! The collection below gathers the blurry, the scary, the red-eyed, the not-quite-identifiable and the wish-we-were-there shots that famous people from Nina Dobrev and Lea Michele to Eli Roth and Zachary Quinto posted to their Twitter feeds over the weekend. There are some brilliant homemade costumes in the bunch — a bunch of Glee kids as the Rugrats, Leslie Mann as Kreayshawn — after all, many of these actors started off as geeky theater kids. Some A-listers clearly got professional help with their getups (cheating!). And though some look like lame last-minute costumes, we don’t mind because still love seeing the rich and famous not taking themselves seriously.
Peruse the gallery, steal ideas for tonight, and oooh and ahhh at yet another shot of Heidi Klum miraculously making herself gross.
Snooki, on the left, is promoting her book Confessions of a Guidette at Barnes and Nobles in Las Vegas, yesterday. Snooki, on the right, is judging a costume contest at Pure, later that night. We don’t think she was in costume, though. It’s just another day for Snookums.
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Of course, celebs like to play dress-up all year long, but this Halloween weekend provided a bonanza of crazy pics of famous people. Nicole Richie was one of our favorites. She was a dead ringer for Jennifer Lopez, even tweeting “My love don’t cost a thing,” along with a picture of her dressed in a pink velour tracksuit. She was heading to Kate Hudson‘s annual Halloween bash, as wasÂ Gwen Stefani,Â who was a picture perfect Cinderella. (Check out our favorite celebrity Halloween Twitpics, Best Week Ever’s analysis of the only 13 celeb Halloween costumes that matter and VH1 Blog’s ultimate gallery of VH1 stars’ costumes.)
Heidi Klum freaked the hell out of us at her annual Halloween Party at Tao Nightclub. She came dressed as a corpse, complete with being wheeled in on a gurney.Â Ice-T and Coco are obvious picks too. We don’t what the hell Coco was dressed as as usual — there wasn’t enough fabric on her to tell — but Ice-T was Hannibal Lecter. Kim Kardashian made a pretty sexy and convincing Poison Ivy while hosting the Midori Melon Green Halloween bash at Lavo. You clearly can’t wrap a white sheet around yourself and pass off as a ghost anymore. (VH1 Blog has your fave VH1 stars in costume too!)
Click away on our gallery to see our top 10 celebrity costumes for yourself. Happy Halloween!
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