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Celebrity Halloween costumes

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Halloween is here and if you're anything like us, you'll be assessing your meagre collection of patterned tights and green eyeliner and wondering what to wear. If so, take a leaf from the book of celebrities who each year go to stupendous efforts to get into character. From the Queen of Hearts (Alessandra Ambrosio) to a little old lady (Heidi Klum) to fishermen (Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy), get inspiration from the very best celebrity Halloween costumes since 2010 below.

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  • Heidi Klum, 2013

    As expected, Heidi Klum outdid herself transforming into perhaps an older version of herself at her 13th annual Halloween party in New York.

  • Bethenny Frankel, 2013

    Dressed as Marilyn Monroe at Heidi Klum's 13th annual Halloween party in New York.

  • Shanina Shaik, 2013

    The Australian model dressed as Disney Princess Jasmine at Heidi Klum's 13th annual Halloween party in New York.

  • Julie Macklowe and Perez Hilton, 2013

    Dressed as Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at Heidi Klum's 13th annual Halloween party in New York.

  • Alessandra Ambrosio, 2013

    Dressed as the Queen of Hearts at the Casamigos Halloween Party in Los Angeles.

  • Isla Fisher, 2013

    At the Casamigos Halloween Party in Los Angeles.

  • Kelly Brook, 2013

    At the Casamigos Halloween Party in Los Angeles.

  • Cindy Crawford, 2013

    At the Casamigos Halloween Party in Los Angeles.

  • Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, 2013

    The actresses opted for matching fisherman costumes as they went trick or treating with Sandra Bullock's son Louis.

  • Gwen Stefani, 2013

  • Jemima Khan, 2013

    Dressed as the black swan at the UNICEF Halloween Ball in Mayfair.

  • Jodie Kidd, 2013

    At the UNICEF Halloween Ball in Mayfair.

  • Caroline Sieber, 2013

    The style icon shows how the fashion pack dress for Halloween, at the UNICEF Halloween Ball in Mayfair.

  • Lauren Laverne, 2013

    At the UNICEF Halloween Ball in Mayfair.

  • Jemma Kidd, 2013

    At the UNICEF Halloween Ball in Mayfair.

  • Alyson Hannigan, 2013

    Dressed as a Leprechaun in Los Angeles.

  • Liv Tyler, 2013

    Out trick or treating with her son in New York.

  • Holly Willoughby, 2013

    At Jonathan Ross's Halloween Party in London.

  • Lily Cooper, 2013

    At Jonathan Ross's Halloween Party in London.

  • Nicole Scherzinger, 2013

    In a cat-look at Jonathan Ross's Halloween Party in London.

  • Jack Whitehall and Gemma Chan

    At Jonathan Ross's Halloween Party in London.

  • Konnie Huq and Charlie Brooker

    At Jonathan Ross's Halloween Party in London.

  • Claudia Winkleman, 2013

    At Jonathan Ross's Halloween Party in London.

  • Arizona Muse, 2013

    The model dressed as a witch at the UNICEF Halloween Ball in Mayfair.

  • Lady Gaga, 2013

    Though not far from her daily attire, the star dressed as a geisha on Halloween.

  • Bette Midler, 2013

    At her 'Hulaween' gala in New York.

  • Glenn Close, 2013

    With husband David Shaw at Bette Midler's 'Hulaween' gala in New York.

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    Kate Moss and Jamie Hince arrive at Jonathan Ross' Halloween Party at his home in Hampstead.

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    Gwen Stefani dressed as Sandy from Grease at Jonathan Ross' Halloween Party at his home in Hampstead.

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    Alison Mosshart wore leopard print to Jonathan Ross' Halloween Party at his home in Hampstead.

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    Debra Messing dressed as Marie Antionette to Bette Midler's Annual Restoration Project Hulaween Ball, New York.

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    Dita Von Teese went for an androgynous look at Bette Midler's Annual Restoration Project Hulaween Ball, New York.

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    Bette Midler as Coco Chanel's corpse and Debbie Harry as a showgirl at Bette Midler's Annual Restoration Project Hulaween Ball, New York.

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    Fashion designer Michael Kors went for gallic chic at Bette Midler's Annual Restoration Project Hulaween Ball, New York.

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    Kim Kardashian goes as a mermaid (with a £2,000 wig) to a Halloween party in 2012.

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    Stacey Keibler hosted a Halloween masquerade ball in this elegant ensemble.

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    Christina Aguilera and boyfriend Matthew Rutler strike a pose in their Halloween attire.

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    Marina Diamandis dresses in head-to-toe black for Halloween.

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    Heidi Klum gave fans a sneak preview of her gold Cleopatra outfit before Halloween itself.

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    Alexa Chung makes a wonderly macabre murder victim, in October 2008.

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    Heidi Klum delves into Indian mythology for inspiration, dressing up as a Hindu goddess for her annual Halloween bash in 2008.

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    In 2006, Heidi opts for a serpent apple theme.

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    And in 2007, Ms Klum goes more traditional as a black cat - but a very cute one, at that.

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    A giant crow is the costume du jour for Heidi in 2009.

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    It's a marked contrast to Heidi's 2010 costume choice - this fantastically bling and futuristic robot attire.

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    A skeleton attaches itself for Heidi's 2004 Halloween garb.

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    Halloween 2003 and it's all about golden space aliens for Heidi.

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    In October 2002, Heidi is barely recognisable as Betty Boob.

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    A horse is just the accessory Heidi needs as Lady Godiva for Halloween 2001.

    This lady really does love dressing up...

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    Moving onto other stars now and Liv Tyler turns catwoman with her son Milo for Halloween 2010.

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    Halloween 2007 sees Liv masquerade as an Indian princess - alongside her moustached friend.

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    It's skeletons for Christina Aguilera and her son Max in October 2009.

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    A guest at Bette Midler's Annual Restoration Project Hulaween Ball in 2008 does a scarily good impression of Sarah Palin.

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    Bette Midler herself goes as a blood-spattered (and suicidal) chef.

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    Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are suitably decked out for their fire-fighter-inspired Halloween party in 2008.

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    Kate Beckinsale has invested in a serious wig alongside her monster husband Len Wiseman in October 2010.

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    Disney is the way forward for Teri Hatcher and daughter Emerson Rose for Halloween 2007.

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    Halloween 2008 and Pink plumps for a clown theme.

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    Lauren Conrad's 20-inspired Halloween effort is chic rather than grotesque, in 2008.

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    La Toya Jackson seems rather pleased with her futuristic effort for Halloween 2009.

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    Model Petra Nemcova is Cleopatra for Roberto Cavalli's Halloween party (where else?) in 2007.

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    Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith is superwoman for a 2008 Halloween benefit.

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    American Pie actress Alyson Hannigan goes as Raggedy Ann along with husband Alexis Denisof and daughter Satyana in October 2010.

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    Annie Leibowitz is a skeleton for a spot of trick or treating with her daughter in 2008.

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    Pixie Geldof is all about inflatable chains and smoky eyes for Halloween 2009.

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    Supermodel Ben Grimes is a gothic bride in October 2009.

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    Kelly Osbourne and her then boyfriend Luke Worrall make like eggs and bacon for Halloween 2009.

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    Tori Spelling is a fairy princess in October 2009.

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    Perez Hilton dons a Gaga-esque wig for a 2009 Halloween party.

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    Michelle Trachtenberg is beauty queen supreme for Halloween 2010.

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    2009 sees the Gossip Girl star in period drama attire.

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    Fashion designer Christian Siriano's Halloween costume definitely stands out from the crowd, in 2010.

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    Jamie Lee Curtis is a cheerleader through and through in October 2010.

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    Kim Kardashian goes sultry red riding hood for Halloween 2010.