Halloween season is here at last! Which means that, unless you’re an excellent planner, you’re probably scrambling for a genius costume idea right now. If you’re anything like me, you’ll wish you’d written down all those amazing ideas you’ve had over the course of the past year… But you definitely did no such thing.
Luckily, we have celebrities to inspire us. Over the years, celebrities have wowed us with clever, over-the-top, and downright gorgeous Halloween costumes.
Sure, these celebs have their own hair and makeup teams to help them achieve the costumes of their dreams, while you’re probably limited to your own two hands. However, with a little commitment and the right hairdo, you can definitely come up with your own version of these classics.
Here are 15 of the greatest, most unforgettable celebrity Halloween costumes from recent years. (And yes, Beyoncé appears on this list four times. Would you expect anything less?)
- Cardi B as Cruella De Vil (2017)
Last year, Cardi B turned herself into the infamous villain from 101 Dalmatians. She called herself “Bruella,” naturally. Her costume came complete with the black-and-white hair and of course, a live Dalmatian, borrowed for the night.
- Kelly Rowland as Dionne from Clueless (2016)
90s babies will never forget Clueless, and the classic movie is still a great source for costume ideas. Kelly Rowland dressed up as Dionne in 2016. She made it look easy with a schoolgirl outfit, Dionne’s staple hat, and a completely clueless facial expression.
- Zendaya as the Queen of the Undead
Who does Zendaya even think she is, looking gorgeous AND terrifying at the same time?! This is Halloween goals at its peak. According to the caption, this is actually a photo edit and not her real costume, but you could totally make this look into reality with a prop crown and some well-placed stage makeup.
- Alessandra Ambrosio as Jessica Rabbit (2016)
Jessica Rabbit is another one of those iconic figures from our childhoods. Several celebs have dressed up as her for Halloween, but our fave is Alessandra Ambrosio’s version, which hits the mark while also still looking very doable.
- Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera (2016)
People kind of lost it when Kylie dressed up as Christina in 2016. That’s because her costume was just spot on, from the hair to the makeup to the assless chaps.
- Karrueche as Princess Tiana (2018)
It’s not even Halloween yet and Karreuche has already nailed the perfect costume. Makeup artist Patrick Starr transformed Karreuche into Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, arguably the best Disney princess of all. Her green gown, a stuffed frog, and that updo make the look complete.
- Rihanna as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (2014)
Rihanna slays on a daily basis, so of course, when she does Halloween, she does it right. Our favorite Rih costume was her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle get-up from 2014, which featured a low-cut corset. She made a turtle costume look amazing, as only Rih can.
- Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian as Michael Jackson and Madonna (2017)
The Kardashian-Jenner clan usually has an interesting Halloween costume, and last year’s was pretty epic. Kim dressed up as Madonna, while Kourtney was a short Michael Jackson. They modeled their classy outfits after the 1991 Academy Awards.
- Chrissy Teigen as Guy Fieri (2015)
Here’s a costume that’s more hilarious than sexy. Guy Fieri is most known for his cooking show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but he’s also famous for his unique hairdo and facial hair. Chrissy somehow found the exact hair and clothes to make it work. Her spot-on impression of Guy helps, too.
- Heidi Klum as the creature from “Thriller” (2017)
Heidi might be the queen of Halloween costumes. She goes all out every year, planning weeks ahead of time and assembling complicated prosthetics so that she’s barely recognizable underneath her costume. Last year, she was the creature from “Thriller” and, well. The photo speaks for itself.
- Zoe Kravitz as Marla from Fight Club (2017)
Zoe joined up with a friend to dress up as the characters from Fight Club. Zoe was Marla, the quirky love interest played by Helena Bonham Carter. For this look, it’s all about the details: her spiky hair, fur coat, and name tag.
- Beyonce and Jay-Z as Lil Kim and Biggie (2017)
Waiting to see Beyoncé’s Halloween costume is honestly a highlight of every year. Bey always gets her family in on the costumes, she always has the best ideas, and she always pulls it off seamlessly. Last year, she and her husband dressed up and Lil Kim and Biggie. Those Chanel suspenders!
- Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Blue Ivy as Barbie Dolls (2017)
Also last year (because every celebrity has more than one Halloween costume for the year, duh), the family dressed up as Barbie dolls. Except the best Barbie dolls you’ve ever seen. Beyoncé’s high ponytail is essential for this costume.
- Beyonce, Mama Tina, and Blue Ivy as Salt N Pepa (2016)
And of course, we can’t ever forget when the ladies of the family dressed up as Salt n Pepa. It’s the ultimate 80s look – spandex, fanny pack, and giant gold earrings included.
- Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Blue Ivy as Coming to America (2015)
Last but not least, in 2015 the whole Carter family dressed up as the characters from Coming to America, the 80s classic. Because you gotta teach these kids the culture when they’re still young. Beyoncé’s head wrap is, again, an essential part of the theme.