The good, the bad and the outrageous of 2016's celebrity Halloween outfits

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Stars have been celebrating Halloween with political pastiche, retro pop culture references and lashings of metallic body paint.

Both Heidi Klum and Jonathan Ross threw their annual celeb-laden extravaganzas on the proper date for celebrating all things gruesome and ghostly, even though it was a Monday, while the rest of the A-list dug out their scary outfits over the weekend.

Our unofficial costume awards are as follows:

Maximum effort: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom were committed fully to their Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump homages, complete with fat suits, bleached eyebrows, prosthetics and scarily convincing hairpieces. Uncanny.

Nailing nostalgia: Beyonce and Kylie Jenner both opted to dress as the musical idols of their youth, with Bey looking to '80s hip hop legends Salt-N-Pepa for her outfit, while Kylie Jenner faithfully recreated Christina Aguilera's iconic bikini and chaps combo for her 2002 Dirrty video. 

On point political statement: She may have rolled it out weeks before All Hallows' Eve, but Jemima Khan's take on Melania Trump accompanied by a groping Donald is still proving difficult to beat.

Honourable mentions: Cindy Crawford and her family dressing as punks with attitude, and Jenna Dewan Tatum absolutely owning the sparkly unicorn look.

Here are 47 of the most impressive efforts on the celebrity circuit...

  • Heidi Klum

    The Halloween pro enlisted five models to be her clones for the night, with a little help from prosthetic enhancements and hair extensions.

    Her Halloween party took place in New York.

  • Serena Williams

    It's back to the '80s for the tennis star at Klum's party.

  • Lewis Hamilton

    Doing Heath Ledger's Joker justice at Klum's party.

  • Chanel Iman

    Getting her zombie on at Klum's knees-up.

  • Tinashe

    In neon pink latex and a flurry of feathers at Klum's party.

  • Adrienne Moore

    It's a superhero moment for the OITNB star and her happy Day of the Dead pal.

  • Jackie Cruz

    Ducking under doors at Klum's shindig.

  • Danielle Brooks

    Easy tiger, the OITNB star is another Klum guest rocking extravagant headgear.

  • Lindsay Lohan

    Making a convincing Harley Quinn at Fran Cutler's Halloween bash.

  • Dermot O'Leary and Dee Koppang

    Blue steel! It's Derek Zoolander and Anna Wintour, at the Jonathan Ross gathering.

  • Lily Allen

    Prettying up her Day of the Dead skull look with pink lippy and a My Little Pony wig for Wossy's party.

  • Simon Pegg

    The comedian makes a convincing Beetlejuice at Jonathan Ross' party.

  • Danielle Bux

    Covering her woodland nymph costume with a shimmering green cape at Ross' Halloween extravaganza.

  • Frank Skinner

    A happy Frankenstein at Jonathan Ross' party.

  • Katy Perry

    Yes, it's really Katy, but it's not her boyfriend Orlando Bloom in the Bill Clinton get-up - she's walking into Kate Hudson's Halloween bash with Hudson’s agent Michael Kives..

  • Orlando Bloom

    Bloom went to the party as a cartoonish Donald Trump with a "Make America great again" slogan hat.

  • Beyonce and Jay-Z

    Beyonce is Sandra "Pepa" Denton, while husband Jay-Z pays tribute to A Different World star Dwayne Wayne.

  • Emily Ratajkowski

    If it weren't for tha floor-skimming tassel, we'd probably hit the town in the actress/model's Cleopatra costume.

    She's at the Bacardi x Kenzo Digital "We Are The Night" Halloween Party in New York.

  • Kylie Jenner

    Fear not, Xtina fans, the Genie In A Bottle legend approves.

    "YAASSSSS.....Killin it @kyliejenner yes to dirrty 2016!! Get it girrrl!!!” Aguilera wrote as she shared the 19-year-old's Instagram snap.

  • Jessica Alba

    Yes, this is Absolutely Fabulous.

  • Alessandra Ambrosio

    Like fellow model Heidi Klum before her, Ambrosio knows how to work a good Jessica Rabbit homage at Halloween.

  • Perrie Edwards

    Poison Ivy may well be the new Jessica Rabbit. The Little Mix star dressed as the supervillain for a Halloween night at London's Steam & Rye club.

  • Cindy Crawford and family

    The catwalk legend and her husband Rande Gerber and their kids Presley and Kaia revived punk for the evening.

  • Maria Sharapova

    If it weren't for the wig and the monkey, we'd have guessed Alexa Chung, but no! The tennis ace is obviously Pippi Longstocking.

  • Paris Hilton

    Because Alice in Wonderland just isn't sexy enough?

  • Sofia Richie

    On the right track as a Ferrari F1 driver.

  • June Ambrose

    It's not just about clothes and make-up, the celebrity stylist fully embraces the theatre of it all.

    She's at the Bonpoint x Laduree Halloween Party in New York.

  • Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann

    Hollywood's comedy power couple went for a roller derby vibe at a Halloween shindig in Los Angeles.

  • Bette Midler

    Hosting her 21st annual Hulaween bash in New York, Midler went for an old favourite and revived her Hocus Pocus witch Winifred Sanderson.

  • Marc Jacobs

    He's touting his string bikini and Louboutins at Bette Midler's party.

  • Leona Lewis

    We're not sure if she's a ghoulish Oscar statuette come to life or a metallic mermaid, but either way, the evenly distributed gold body paint is a worthy achievement, at the Trick or Treats bash in Hollywood.

  • Leona Lewis

    The singer can't get enough of spooky celebrations - she dressed up as a sinister fortune teller for the Just Jared party.

  • Michelle Trachtenberg

    This body art must have taken hours. The Buffy star's turning heads at the Just Jared party.

  • Hayley Hasselhoff and Cassie Scerbo

    David's model daughter is an undead bride, accompanied by actress Scerbo in a sexy pirate costume at the Just Jared gathering.

  • Giovanna Engelbert

    Vogue Japan's fashion editor went to amazing lengths to recreate Cher's legendary 1996 Oscars outfit.

  • Michelle Ochs

    Cruella De Vil is possibly our new fashion hero after seeing the designer's effort at the Top of The Standard party in New York.

  • Ariel Winter

    A zombie medic with exceptional contouring skills.

  • Keke Palmer

    The actress and singer paid tribute to the late singer Selena at the Just Jared party.

  • Pixie Lott

    There's always one sexy cat, and Pixie Lott's comes with glitter.

  • Elle Evans and Matt Bellamy

    The Muse frontman and his model girlfriend are giving us chills as undead Danny Zuko and Sandra Dee.

  • Mariah Carey

    The singer got her devil on to join ex-husband Nick Cannon and their twins, Monroe and Moroccan, for her annual Halloween party.

  • Victoria Justice

    Showing off one of the best Beetlejuice efforts we've seen in a while.

  • Soo Joo Park, Daphne Groeneveld, Barbara Palvin

    When supermodels do Halloween - and still look catwalk-ready.

  • Aubrey O'Day

    Another star, another chance to dress as the ancient eyeliner-loving Egyptian ruler.

  • Lottie Moss

    Doing Auntie Kate proud (probably) in a gory nun outfit.

  • Jenna Dewan Tatum

    All the yeses.

  • Jemima Khan

    She wore it weeks before Halloween and it's still one of the best.