Emily Thungkaew

Halloween, celebrity style

By - Oct 23rd, 2010 04:00 am

When I was little, I wasn’t one of those kids who thought outside of the box when it came to my Halloween costumes. I went from being a princess to a hippie, to a princess again, to Herman Munster, to a princess … you get the idea (I had to find some other way to put those pricey ballet outfits to use).

Last year  — the first year I had dressed up since childhood — I convinced my friends that dressing up like crazy reality celebrities (or “hot messes” as I like to call them) would be a good idea.

And so, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears (during her bald days), Lindsay Lohan, Travis Barker, Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson, Courtney Love, Bret Michaels and myself (Lady Gaga), entered a costume contest at a local bar. Unfortunately, we did not win — we were robbed by a group that stuffed pillows in  sweatsuits parading around as “The Biggest Losers.” That said, it was a blast, and it helped me recall exactly how much fun it is to parade around in costume for a night.

Still fretting over what to wear next weekend? Why not spoof a celeb? Trust me, it’s a good time. Here are my suggestions for quick and easy costumes:

Lady Gaga– Okay, okay. This is already one of the year’s most popular costumes, but considering Gaga’s repertoire of fantastically wacked-out frocks, chances are you won’t see the same one twice. I recommend a leotard paired with ripped fishnets, plus some over-sized round rimmed sunglasses (think John Lennon) with a blonde wig and fun stage make-up. If you’re daring and crafty, I’d suggest trying out one of her more…uh, geometric ensembles.


Justin BieberYes, I’m a “Belieber.” Don’t laugh. All you’ll need is a white t-shirt under a members only-type jacket and sideways baseball hat or simple cardigan (if you’re going for his preppy look) with some Converse sneakers. Brush your hair forward into his signature bowl cut and you’re all set. Oh, and make sure you dance around like a miniature Usher while singing about the perils of teenage love.

Ke$ha — This one is pretty easy. Just go out and party hard the night before. On Halloween Eve, don’t do anything — don’t even brush your teeth. Just throw on some ridiculously cut-up jeans, maybe a metallic halter and do an asymmetrical glitter thing on your face. Done.


Snooki– “Snooks” is my new favorite this year. For this get-up, you’ll need to slather on fake tanner (the darker the shade, the better). Peruse thrift stores for the most obnoxious dress you can find (preferably in a shiny fabric, and a color that does not normally occur in nature), so long as said dress is about two sizes too small. Throw on some high heels and a Bump-it, and you’re all set for a night of fist-pumping.

Mike “The Situation” — Another Jersey Shore fave. You’ll need plenty of hair gel, more of that self tanner and the most obnoxious day-glo t-shirt you can find. If it has rhinestones on it, even better. Go the extra step and paint on your own six-pack to make it extra realistic!

Kim Kardashian — There’s precious little time for all the plastic surgery you’d need to really pull this off, but it can be done! You’ll need a tight-fitting, low-cut dress in black, gray or nude. Other items: false eyelashes, butt pads (the bigger the funnier!), sky-high heels and maybe even a tiny little dog as an accessory.


Ideas for couples…

Barack and Michelle Obama- Everyone will be sure to recognize you if you’re wearing an all-American suit and flag pin on your lapel and your leading lady is wearing an A-line dress (sleeveless, of course!) from J. Crew with pearls.

Katy Perry and Russell BrandFor this you’ll need tight black pants, a flowing blouse, long unkempt hair and lots of jewelery. For Katy Perry, any dance recital costume will work, so long as you cut in a deep V. Add a brightly-colored wig for extra fun!

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (Speidi) — All you’ll need for this costume is a false sense of entitlement. And a really good Wonderbra.

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