A once a year celebration of everything from the gorgeous to the gory, October 31st is a wild and at times borderline bacchanal night of partying. As children we might have had childhoods chock-full of trick-or-treating, but as adults, Halloween takes on even more significance and somehow stretches from one night to at least a week of events. The costumes, the parties, the choosing of who else you’re going to be celebrating with—and the cost! It’s a not-to-be-missed chance to express one’s inner freak, fantasy and fierce creativity, and perhaps show off some assets as well, since every costuming concept seems like it can withstand a “sexy” twist.
When we’re not dressing like hamburgers, corpse brides, farm animals or cartoon characters, we dress up like the celebrities we love or loathe, or, for the extra twist, the characters they play on-screen. Are you an Olsen twin? A Katy Perry or a Justin Bieber? Reusing last year's Octomom costume? Will it be Angelina Jolie with six multi-hued dolls in tow to represent her eclectic flock of children, or Angie playing her role in Changeling?
We’ve asked some of our favorite gay-friendly female celebs what they’ve worn before and what they’ll be wearing this Halloween and got some pretty colorful and hilarious answers from two former “Girls Next Door,” two R&B songstresses, and a handful of talented actresses and funny ladies. Perhaps, for those who haven’t already picked out their own outfits, there will be some inspiration in here for you.
Holly Madison – “It’s hard to pick [my favorite costume] because I have loved all my costumes. One of my favorites was my Queen of Hearts costume from last year. This year I’m going as Sleeping Beauty and I’m hosting the 2nd Annual Holly-Ween costume bash at Studio 54.”
Brandy – “It has been awhile since I dressed up for Halloween. But I am excited that this year I will be Minnie Mouse on Ellen’s Halloween show! This year I really wanted to go as an Avatar to Maroon 5’s Halloween party at the Hollywood cemetery, but it turns out that I am filming my “Family Business” reality show that night. I am so bummed.”
AnnaLynne McCord – “Halloween 2008 I was a girl, dressed up like a vampire, dressed up like a French Maid! I had this elaborate French Maid costume but when I smiled I had a very subtle set of fangs! (Before all those Twilight movies, people!) This year I’m hosting a party in Vegas and my whole group is going in Alice in Wonderland theme. I’m going to be the White Queen.”
Lisa Rinna – “Our best costume was when Harry went as Fat Elvis and I was Priscilla era 60’s. This year we’re going to be Lucy and Ricky!”
Margaret Cho – “My favorite costume ever was Bjork from Dancer in the Dark and I wore it to West Hollywood Halloween some years ago. This year I plan on being myself and eating all the candy.”
Mya – “[My favorite costume] was in High School. I was Thelma from the 70’s TV series ‘Good Times.’ I borrowed one of my dad’s bell bottom suits and my mom’s amazing platforms she saved from her 70’s wardrobe. This year I am planning to be a pregnant nun.”
Marissa Jaret Winokur – “One of my favorite costumes was when my mother made me a big green M&M. I wore it when I was around 7. (I had asked to be a glass of water that year.) This year I’m planning to go to Walt Disney World. I want to be a Princess and dress Zev up like a frog!”
Bridget Marquardt – “I have had many favorite Halloween costumes! It's so hard to choose. Every year I try and out-do what I have done before. If I have to pick one, probably the Corpse Bride. It was a complete transformation. I was painted head-to-toe blue, crazy painted on eyebrows, blue-grey hair. The costume turned out amazing, everything was perfect and I was unrecognizable. Even my dog Wednesday had a skeleton costume to play the part of Zero. The perfect Halloween costume to me is something that is a little scary or freaky but still somehow manages to be sexy.
[This year] I'm having a pumpkin carving party with just the girls and I'm dressing as a beer maiden. Then I'm hosting a party/costume contest in Louisiana on Saturday night, my boyfriend and I will be a dead colonial couple. The next morning I'm flying straight home and hosting my own little Halloween night soiree. I really want my boyfriend to be Jack the Ripper and I want to be a victim but he is not going for it...so we may switch it up and surprise everyone at the last minute!”