Your Best Star-Worthy Costumes of 2011
Risa Reyes went all out as the German fashion designer and admits, "I love Karl Lagerfeld. He's also terrifying."
Jamie Weil caught a case of Bieber fever, donning a "combover wig, sunglasses, long sleeve hoodie with a puffy black vest, skinny jeans, chain necklace and high-top 'old school' kicks."
Pablo Lopez got inked as the Grammy-winning rapper, but writes, "Getting all his tattoos done with Sharpie was kinda hard to get off."
Is the "Circus" in town? Karen S. of New York played the ringleader after finding inspiration from the pop star's music video.
Ashley B. of New York and her sister strike a sassy and stylish pose as the Emmy-winning drama's beloved Betty Draper and Joan Harris.
Paulette P. of San Diego, Calif., and her colleagues joined forces to put together this well-coordinated costume. "We started planning four months ahead and showed up to work two to three hours early for preparation," Paulette writes. "Our patients walked into the office with a wonderful surprise as the entire front desk staff welcomed them as Oompa Loompas. Everyone loved it."
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Holly A. of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and her boyfriend tag-teamed to portray this fairy tale twosome. "We decided on the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland for our fun-filled night," she writes.
It's showtime! Joanne Saunders submitted this photo of bio-exorcist Beetlejuice and goth girl Lydia Deetz, paying homage to the 1988 comedic horror flick.
Can you feel the chill in the air? Annika M. of Orlando, Fla., channeled her favorite fairy tale character and writes, "I chose her and tried to be as icy as possible. Brrrrrrrr!"
Howdy, y'all! Corley Madden took her love for big hair to new heights, asking herself, "Who can I be that will allow me to poof my hair as big as it will go? I decided on Paula Deen. I think you'll agree that the resemblance is uncanny."
All she needs is her little red Corvette! Holly Robinson Peete got in on the Hollywood Halloween fun by channeling her favorite musician. "I am a full throttle Prince-a-holic!" she writes. "I saw Purple Rain the night it came out and then 25 more times in the theatre when I was a freshman in college."
Ahoy, matey! Tania J. of Solsberry, Ind., showed off this shot of her brother, who looks ready to hit the high seas as the Pirates of the Caribbean hero. "He made the entire costume," she gushes.
"I handmade my Taylor Swift costume in one day," says Amanda S. of Chinle, Ariz. "It's the sparkly red dress, glitter guitar, and #13 drawn on my hand. This pic was taken outside of a honky tonk."
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Why don't you just mullet over? Michelle M. of Allen, Texas, looks ready to catch some bad guys as Duane "Dog" Chapman and his loyal wife Beth.
"As a huge Gwen Stefani fan, it was an easy decision to go with the 'Hollaback Girl' video look," Jessica F. of Richmond, Va., writes. "My favorite part of the costume was how authentic it was and of course the B-A-N-A-N-A-S down the back!
Jasmin L. of Möenchengladbach, Germany, was "looking for a costume and my friends told me that I look like Lara Croft," she says. "So I tried to dress like Tomb Raider and this is the result. Wouldn't have imagined that I feel so comfortable being Lara."
THE WIZARD OF OZ
They're not in Kansas anymore! Kathleen D. of Skaneateles, N.Y., walked down the yellow brick road with a ferocious primate: "Dorothy and her monkey!"
Annika M. of Orlando, Fla. was tickled pink when her office celebrated the holiday with an '80s theme bash. "All of the main musicians were taken," she writes, "so I had to be my favorite childhood character, JEM! I have never been so pink in my life. Truly outrageous!"
Miley D. of Edwards, Ill., may have found the golden ticket! "My costume was created to resemble one of Willy Wonka's Ooompa Loompa's," she writes of her Charlie and the Chocolate Factory look.
SLASH & THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
He's a little bit country, and she's a little bit rock 'n roll! Michele D. of New Bern, N.C., writes, "I love Slash, always have, so I just had to be him!" And her sidekick from down south? "My fiancé was Uncle Jesse from The Dukes of Hazzard.
RUSSELL BRAND & KATY PERRY
It was a team effort for Jose and Kinsey Chavez, who dressed up as the pop power couple. "The costumes were homemade," Jose writes. "I used a curly wig (put on backwards) and skinny jeans."
"I painstakingly recreated Catwoman from the 1966 Batman TV series," writes Jenny B. of Hampton, Minn. "The fabric is two-way stretch lame. The pattern was custom made from screen shots from the TV show. The belt is vintage from the 1960's (same one as she wore)."
IKE & TINA TURNER
Looking ready to rock and roll, Ashley S. of Washington, D.C., recruited her husband (and a '70s 'stache!) to impersonate the Grammy-winning duo.
Where's the beef? Jessica L. of Tucson, Ariz., crafted Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress from the 2010 MTV VMAs. "Bacon dress, handmade T-bone hat and meat strips for shoes," she writes.
CLARK KENT & WONDER WOMAN
Talk about a heroic encounter! With Superman at her side, Cherra W. of St. Petersburg, Fla., gets ready to save the day. "The costumes were both put together, not purchased," she writes.
Ashley H. of Tampa, Fla., channeled the singer-songwriter's character The Kid from the 1984 film, Purple Rain.
It's a Mad world for Jen C. of Omaha, Neb., who goes retro alongside her husband Scott, as Joan Harris and Roger Sterling from the Emmy-winning drama. "Scott looks like Roger most days, with the exception of the added cigarette," she writes. "We can't wait for the new season to start!"
One lump, or two? Kaitlin Thomas gave Johnny Depp a run for his Alice in Wonderland when she put this ensemble together for her daughter. "She looks fab!" Thomas gushes.
KATY PERRY & SNOOP DOG
Kelly Garman and her husband created their own musical mash-up, donning candy-covered costumes just like Perry's from her "California Gurls" video, featuring the sweetly suited rapper.
Dressing up as the Poison frontman was a no-brainer for Larry Kinder. "My son asked me to dress up like Bret Michaels three years ago...and the rest is history."
AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
Oh, behave! Amy Kistler and her best friend got their groove on as Austin Powers and Foxxy Cleopatra. "My mom made my entire purple suit," she writes. "But it was really the side burns that sold it."
We're sold! Andrea Pickard perfected her portrayal of the insurance company's quirky spokesperson, from the apron and nametag to the red lips and retro hairstyle.
SNOOKI & PAULY D
Taryn Fogarty and her friend Ellen made their way to the Jersey Shore last year, stylishly stepping out with Snooki's signature poof and Pauly D's sky-high blowout. Writes Fogarty, "As two young college girls, we definitely made an entrance!"
"I am completely obsessed with Ke$ha," admits Kelly Sheehan, who emulated her pop idol in "the garbage bag dress like she wore at the VMAS. There was glitter everywhere. It was an awesome night being my idol!!!"
MY NAME IS EARL
His name is…Ryan King, and he decided to dress as Jason Lee's character based on the NBC series. "Halloween is my favorite holiday," he writes. "Even had the list!"
BEYONCé & LADY GAGA
SLASH & AXL ROSE
Is a reunion in the works? Laura Harnett and her husband look ready to hit "Paradise City" as the former Guns N' Roses band mates, complete with the hair, the hat, and Rose's rock-ready red bandana.
KAT VON D
For Terri Cormier, realistic was the way to go. "I loved the idea of playing with make up and drawing on tattoos. I love Kat Von D's style," she writes. "I got lots of compliments and had a great time dressing up."
Party on! Anne Wiesernes and her comedic sidekick were totally worthy of slacker pals Wayne and Garth. "That is no wig on Garth," she writes. "Completely homemade costumes."
Vic Vaga admits, "Being Rod Stewart on Halloween has been an admittedly lazy no brainer for me ever since I dared myself to do it for a college fraternity Halloween party circa 1990."
THE GOLDEN GIRLS
Oreshya Peterson and her best gal pals stuck together as TV's favorite foursome. Peterson writes, "The costumes looked just like them! We definitely stuck out everywhere we went – and people loved the costumes."
BARBIE IN A BOX
What a doll! To prepare for Barbie's big reveal, it took Maria Wentworth "over a month to paint and design the Barbie box. I had accessories hanging inside, a hairbrush, a bracelet, etc," she writes. "It was definitely the hit of the party!!"
MICHAEL JACKSON'S 'THRILLER'
Catalina Martinez and her friend Kaylan decided to pay homage to the late King of Pop by dressing up as characters from his spooktacular "Thriller" video. Writes Martinez, "It was a blast!"
Laura Barlow tapped into her inner guidette: "It was a big hit. And I put the costume together the night before!"
Hair and makeup artist Kristin Sheff turned her profession into playtime, disguising herself as a fictional Na'vi warrior from the 2009 blockbuster. "I LOVE makeup...especially special effects," she admits. "Dressing up and no one knowing who you are is awesome."
Though she originally planned on dressing up as a Playboy bunny for Halloween, Kathryn Junius decided to play up her assets as the curvaceous reality sibling. "I've always loved her," she writes. "I had so much fun and everyone recognized who I was immediately!"
Get him to the Greek! After his girlfriend noticed a resemblance to the British comedic actor, Dustin Schuetz unbuttoned his shirt, donned a teased wig and voila, "I had found my next Halloween costume."
D– IN A BOX
It's a wrap! Rebekah Patton submitted this photo of her boyfriend and his friend, who stretched their comedic chops as Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg's infamous – and Emmy-winning – duo from the SNL digital short "D– in a Box."
Eliza Feero found Fame as the fashionably fierce pop princess – and even scored VIP status thanks to her disguise. "I'm pretty sure I got to cut the line at the clubs," she writes, "because I wasn't wearing any pants!"
Minty O'Callaghan and her crew took on the undead last year, dressing up as the cast from Zombieland. "We went to the grocery store and reenacted one of the scenes," she writes. "At the party we went to, many people with Coulrophobia would avoid our Zombie Clown like the plague!"
CRUELLA DE VIL
Disney buff Natalia Banoub recently took on Glenn Close's villainous Cruella de Vil. "It seemed fitting to choose a villain on Halloween," she says. "Colored hairspray, and a simple black dress. So fun!"
Adriana Perez teamed up with her husband and hit the town as Bill Lumbergh and Joanna (played by Jennifer Aniston) from the 1999 comedy. "The costumes were a hit that Halloween, we got people laughing," Perez shares. "I think my husband does a good job of looking like Lumbergh. Check out that coffee mug. And yes, I only have 15 pieces of flair!"
Don't get spooked! Cindy Miller and her friends – Vicki Qualls, Sarah McLagan, Cindy Miller and Ronda Davis – won a costume contest, thanks to their Ghostbusters get-up, complete with jump suits, proton packs and a scary spectator in the background. Says Miller, "We can't forget our ghostly creature lurking about… Rhett Roberts."
Jen Alguire embraced GTL to do a spot-on Snooki: "I used too dark foundation to color all exposed skin that over-tanned orange color and finished it off with trashy clothes, too big accessories and fluffy slippers!"
Are you going to pick up the Telephone? Alisha Eckman took on the pop icon's outfit from a particular UK interview with a navy suit and some handy work: "I made the telephone hat myself from Styrofoam and black felt! I'm crafty like that!"
Yinet Almonte went DIY for her turn as the California Gurls singer: "I bought lots of candy and glued it to a old white tank top, got a wig from Ricky's costume store and cut it to look like Katy's. Also the sequin shorts were hand-made by my friend."
ALAN FROM THE HANGOVER & LADY GAGA
While Kerri Clark spent Halloween as the Mama Monster, husband Charles was a dead ringer for Zach Galifianakis's character Alan from The Hangover. "My husband willingly grew his beard and hair for the event," Kerri writes. "It paid off!"
KAT VON D.
Tonya Zatko went all out to embody the L.A. Ink star, spray-painting her hair bright pink and applying dozens of tattoos. "It took well over two hours to put the tats on, but it was worth it," Zatko writes. "The costume was such a big hit that I'm considering doing it again."
Shannon Waterfall used latex paint to get the sexy scales of X-Men siren Mystique just right. But applying the paint was much easier to take on than to remove: "It took me over 3 hours in the bathtub to get this latex paint off."
THE HUNGER GAMES
Move over, Gale and Peeta! Teachers Lenzi Heart and Abby Baggett both dressed up as The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen with matching headbands, tunics, and bows, to introduce their students to the best-selling YA novel.
Rock on! For Halloween, Keri Abbot sported the Guns n' Roses guitar god's signature top hat, aviator sunglasses and nose ring for a hardcore Halloween jam session.
Proud grandma Jill Arthur sent in this photo of her super family! Her son Billy, his wife Stephanie and their two kids Katelyn and Jake donned red suits to bring the ultra-powered Pixar characters to life.
GLENN CLOSE AS CRUELLA DE VIL
Christina Merry stepped straight out of a Disney film to embody Glenn Close's mean puppy-snatcher Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians – complete with Dalmatian spots and a killer classic car cutout.
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER & BETH
Criminals, watch out! Brenda Kennedy and her husband dressed up as Duane Chapman from Dog the Bounty Hunter and his bleach-blonde wife. "My husband and I won the best costume award for our version of Dog and Beth," Kennedy writes. "A quick check of our costume box and a trip to the craft store, and we were done."
Massiel Vasquez received major snaps as Lady Gaga circa "Just Dance". "Mostly everyone at the party thought it looked good," Vasquez writes. "I just wish that wig wasn't so hot!"
Zoinks! Jill Arnold (as Velma) and her husband Jason (as Fred) got together with a few of their pals to bring the Scooby Gang to life. "We all were in character the whole night," Arnold said. "I even had a clue notebook that I jotted suspicious activity down in throughout the night."
St. Louis mom Barb Manning channeled her inner rock god to step into the AC/DC guitarist's shoes and signature schoolboy uniform. Topping it off with a Guitar Hero instrument and devil horns, Manning embodied the music legend.