The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes Through the Years

See the silly, sexy, and scary ways celebs celebrate

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Halloween is the one time of year it's okay to reveal that wild, alter-ego usually kept under wraps (and to use body paint). Click through to see how our favorite celebs let their freak flags fly, from the undead to whatever iteration of Miley Cyrus suits their fancy. From the editors at ELLE.com.

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The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes Through the Years

Halloween is the one time of year it's okay to reveal that wild, alter-ego usually kept under wraps (and to use body paint). Click through to see how our favorite celebs let their freak flags fly, from the undead to whatever iteration of Miley Cyrus suits their fancy.

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Lady Gaga (2012)

Lady Gaga tweets a photo from Halloween 2012 dressed as "Princess High The Cannabis Queen."

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Heidi Klum (2013)

Klum once again wows dressed as an 95-year-old version of herself at her 14th annual Halloween party in New York.

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Rihanna (2013)

Rihanna dubbed her zombie gangster alter ego "Shy Girl" and painted her skin blue.

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Chelsea Handler (2013)

The comedian gleefully dresses as a mom-to-be in a pale pink maternity dress and knee socks.

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Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady (2013)

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady lock lips as Dorothy and the Lion from Wizard of Oz.

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Kate Moss (2013)

The model and her husband dress as an undead couple in Spanish Flamenco attire at Jonathan Ross's Halloween party in London.

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Ellen Degeneres (2013)

Ellen DeGeneres takes a page from the Nicki Minaj look book.

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Kate Upton (2013)

The ELLE cover girl blends themes, pairing Dia de los Muertos face make up with a sexy Marie Antoinette ensemble.

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Iggy Azalea (2013)

The singer works this Cruella de Vil ensemble with a real-life spotted accessory.

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Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams (2013)

The couple get gothic with The Addams Family themed costumes of lovebirds Morticia and Gomez.

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Liv Tyler (2013)

Tyler wears undead makeup to go trick-or-treating in New York.

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Melissa McCarthy (2013)

McCarthy goes trick-or-treating incognito in a fisherman costume and grey beard.

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Sandra Bullock (2013)

Bullock joins her Heat co-star in a matching ensemble for the occasion.

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Neil Patrick Harris (2013)

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are Tweedledee and Tweedledum with daughter Harper as Alice and Gideon as the March Hare.

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Mara Hoffman and Pamela Love (2013)

The boho designers get mystical as black and white unicorns to co-host a Halloween party at the Jane Hotel in NYC.

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Perez Hilton (2013)

Just like Miley, he can't stop; Hilton updates the look with sharp, vampire fangs.

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Rita Ora (2013)

The singer dresses as "Instant Gratification" in a Barbie pink, unlimited credit card costume.

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Demi Lavato (2013)

The singer is ready to haunt your nightmares.

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Christian Siriano (2013)

Siriano chose a coiffed blonde wig and woodland gown for his fairy princess costume.

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Georgina Chapman (2013)

Chapman goes '70s glam rock for the Old Hallows Eve party at Tao nightclub in New York.

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Jay Manual (2013)

The make-up artist is ready for warfare in this gladiator meets fantasy ensemble.

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Jessica White (2013)

The model has a showgirl moment at Hedi Klum's party in New York.

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Tika Sumpter (2013)

The actress attends Hedi Klum's Halloween party in New York as Cleopatra.

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Dree Hemingway (2013)

Hemingway dresses as a fashionable skeleton with a leather print jacket and Chanel bag.

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Dean and Dan Caten (2013)

The DSQUARED2 twins wear a femme/homme pairing of haute noir Mickey Mouse outfits.

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Georgina Chapman (2013)

The designer bleeds black blood in a tulle gown at Heidi Klum's 14 annual Halloween party.

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Molly Sims (2013)

The model attends a Halloween party in L.A. dressed as the Copacabana girl in a sequin gown with a fruit headdress.

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Ashley Madekwe (2013)

Madekwe arrives at a Halloween party looking catty in winter whites; her boyfriend accompanies her as Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

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Bethenny Frankel (2013)

Frankel swaps out her brunette locks to embody iconic blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe.

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Shenae Grimes (2012)

The actress dresses as Frankie Stein from Monster High at Matthew Morrison's 3rd annual Halloween party in Los Angeles.

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Helena Bonham Carter (2012)

Helena Bonham Carter wears gothic attire for Halloween in London.

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Gwen Stefani (2012)

The singer dresses as a bloody Sandy from Grease to attend Jonathan Ross's Halloween party in London.

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Delfina Delettrez Fendi (right) and guest (2012)

Delfina Delettrez Fendi and her friend attend the Bloody Halloween Party at La Posta Vecchia in Ladispoli, Italy, dressed as characters from Roy Lichtenstein pop art comic strips.

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Miranda Kerr (2011)

The model hosts the Sexy Circus Halloween party at Catch Rooftop in New York City and dresses, thematically, as a ringmaster.

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Heidi Klum (2011)

Heidi Klum attends her 12th Annual Halloween Party at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on October 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, wearing a leotard of the human body stripped of skin.

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Lauren Conrad (2011)

LC dresses as Minnie Mouse to attend Maroon 5's Halloween party in Hollywood, California.

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Doutzen Kroes (2011)

Doutzen Kroes channels Catwoman at Heidi Klum's 12th annual Halloween party at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on October 31 in New York City.

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Ellen Von Unwerth (2011)

The photographer masquerades as a magician at Heidi Klum's 12th Annual Halloween Party in New York City.

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Kate Upton (2011)

Kate Upton attends Heidi Klum's 12th Annual Halloween party at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown dressed as a bionic Marilyn Monroe on October 31, 2011 in New York City.

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Michael Kors (2011)

Michael Kors and husband Lance Le Pere attend the Bette Midler's 16th Annual New York Restoration Project Hulaween at The Waldorf Astoria dressed as a two-member Mariachi band on October 28, 2011 in New York City.

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Kim Kardashian (2011)

Kim Kardashian channels Poison Ivy at the Midori Green Halloween costume party at Lavo on October 29, 2011 in New York City.

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Rose McGowan (2011)

Rose McGowan attends L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 'Halloweenie' at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery as Cyrano de Bergerac on October 28, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Michelle Trachtenberg (2011)

Michelle Trachtenberg dresses as Tim Burton's Blue Girl to attend Heidi Klum's 12th Annual Halloween party at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on October 31, 2011 in New York City.

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Heidi Klum and Seal (2011)

Heidi Klum and Seal dress as characters from Planet of the Apes for Klum's 12th Annual Halloween party at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on October 31, 2011 in New York City.

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Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (2011)

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb walk the red carpet as British royals at NBC's Today Halloween Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2011 in New York City.

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Kelly Ripa and Nick Lachey (2011)

Kelly Ripa appears as Kim Kardashian with Nick Lachey as Kris Humphries at the ABC TV studios on October 31, 2011 in New York City.

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Bette Midler and Narciso Rodriguez (2011)

Bette Midler and Narciso Rodriguez wear masquerade attire to attend Bette Midler's 16th Annual New York Restoration Project Hulaween at The Waldorf Astoria on October 28, 2011 in New York City.

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Beyoncé (2011)

Beyoncé attends a party at The Darby in New York City dressed as a bumblebee.

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Fergie (2011)

Fergie attends Heidi Klum's 12th Annual Halloween party at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown as Honey Boo Boo on October 31, 2011 in New York City.

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Zac Efron

A tweeted pic of Zac Efron as Reno 911!'s Lt. Dangle.

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Mindy Kaling (2011)

Mindy Kaling tweets a photo of her giraffe costume with Ellie Kemper dressed as a Ghost Buster.

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Lauren Conrad (2011)

Lauren Conrad tweets a photo of her Britney Spears costume.

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Jessica Simpson (2011)

Jessica Simpson tweets a photo of her mummy costume with main guy Eric Johnson.

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Sofia Vergara (2011)

Sofia Vergara tweets a photo of her Angry Birds costume.

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Brooke Shields (2011)

Brooke Shields as The Addams Family's Uncle Fester with her daughters Rowan Francis and Grier Hammond.

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Gwen Stefani (2011)

Gwen Stefani arrives at the Beverly Wilshire hotel as Cinderella.

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Lea Michele (2011)

Lea Michele tweets a photo of her white swan costume.

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Nicole Richie (2011)

Nicole Richie tweets a photo of her J.Lo costume.

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Nina Dobrev (2011)

Nina Dobrev tweets a photo of her Hermione costume.

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Zooey Deschanel (2011)

Zooey Deschanel tweets a photo of her Valley of the Dolls' Neely O'Hara costume.

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