A Very Heidi Halloween: A Look Back at Heidi Klum's Over-the-Top Costumes

Most of us look forward to dressing up for Halloween every year, but no one seems to embrace the madness quite like the wacky and fabulous Heidi Klum. While the majority of the population is heading to Party City for a ready-made Lady Gaga ensemble, Heidi is somewhere with Seal and their multiple kinder putting the finishing touches on another insanely original (and just generally insane) Halloween costume. And the Project Runway host, who has held her own star-studded Halloween party for the past decade, somehow manages to top herself each year with an even more elaborate costume than the last one. Who else, you ask, could make a giant biblical apple costume look remotely sexual? The answer, my friends, is no one. With Heidi Klum's hotly anticipated 12th annual Halloween bash just a few nights away, it's worth taking a few moments to reflect on the Victoria's Secret vet's costume evolution. From her controversial Kali goddess garb to the possibly rabid cat catsuit, they're all pretty out there. Kind of makes you wonder why "Design Heidi's Halloween Costume" has never been a challenge on Project Runway? Dear Tim Gunn, if you're reading this...
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Most of us look forward to dressing up for Halloween every year, but no one seems to embrace the madness quite like the wacky and fabulous Heidi Klum. While the majority of the population is heading to Party City for a ready-made Lady Gaga ensemble, Heidi is somewhere with Seal and their multiple kinder putting the finishing touches on another insanely original (and just generally insane) Halloween costume. And the Project Runway host, who has held her own star-studded Halloween party for the past decade, somehow manages to top herself each year with an even more elaborate costume than the last one. Who else, you ask, could make a giant biblical apple costume look remotely sexual? The answer, my friends, is no one. With Heidi Klum's hotly anticipated 12th annual Halloween bash just a few nights away, it's worth taking a few moments to reflect on the Victoria's Secret vet's costume evolution. From her controversial Kali goddess garb to the possibly rabid cat catsuit, they're all pretty out there. Kind of makes you wonder why "Design Heidi's Halloween Costume" has never been a challenge on Project Runway? Dear Tim Gunn, if you're reading this...
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Photo: Getty

Most of us look forward to dressing up for Halloween every year, but no one seems to embrace the madness quite like the wacky and fabulous Heidi Klum. While the majority of the population is heading to Party City for a ready-made Lady Gaga ensemble, Heidi is somewhere with Seal and their multiple kinder putting the finishing touches on another insanely original (and just generally insane) Halloween costume. And the Project Runway host, who has held her own star-studded Halloween party for the past decade, somehow manages to top herself each year with an even more elaborate costume than the last one. Who else, you ask, could make a giant biblical apple costume look remotely sexual? The answer, my friends, is no one.

With Heidi Klum's hotly anticipated 12th annual Halloween bash just a few nights away, it's worth taking a few moments to reflect on the Victoria's Secret vet's costume evolution. From her controversial Kali goddess garb to the possibly rabid cat catsuit, they're all pretty out there. Kind of makes you wonder why "Design Heidi's Halloween Costume" has never been a challenge on Project Runway? Dear Tim Gunn, if you're reading this...

So which of Ms. Klum's crazy costumes rocked your pumpkin intarsia patterned socks, and which ones should have been auf'd from the get-go?

Photo: Bella a la Mode

Photo: Bella a la Mode

2000: Goth Girl

Here's the lady of the hour hosting her first-ever Halloween party, long before she was the Queen of 'Ween. At this point, Heidi's costume chops clearly still needed a bit of fine tuning. This latex Gothic German barmaid getup looks more like a $50 prom dress from Hot Topic. But let's cut her some slack, this was only the beginning...

Photo: Le Petite Blog

Photo: Le Petite Blog

2001: Lady Godiva

The next year saw Heidi as a very un-naked Lady Godiva, with a some blood on her face for good Halloweeny measure. But she definitely stepped up her game this year, even arriving to her party on an actual horse.

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Photo: Getty

2002: Betty Boop

Who says cartoons have to be cute? Only the talented Ms. Klum could manage to look this simultaneously terrifying and smokin' on Halloween. She really went all out for her creepy interpretation of Betty Boop, padded boobs/bum and all.

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Photo: Getty

2003: Sexy Alien

This is when the costumes get a little weird. in 2003, Heidi went metallic for her interpretation of a "sexy alien," complete with a custom-made gold grill. Nelly would be proud.

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Photo: Getty

2004: Red Witch

Here's Heidi as a red witch. What exactly is a red witch, you ask? Well, it's apparently a witch who wears a lot of red. And has really big, frizzy hair. And gives piggyback rides to skeletons. What is there not to get??

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Photo: Getty

2005: Vampire Lady

Heidi continued experimenting with gigantic frizzy wigs the next year, when she dressed as the undead, cross-dressing fifth member of KISS. Excuse me, a "vampire lady." Definitely not her best look, but props for her getting creative!

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Photo: Getty

2006: Forbidden Fruit

Now this is the Halloweeny Heidi we know and love. Maybe it was her pregnancy this year that forced her to think outside the frizzy wigs and get a little fruity? Or maybe she really enjoys reading the Bible. Whatever the reason, Heidi killed it as a piece of forbidden fruit, complete with an evil head-munching serpent. And Seal dressed as Eve. Juicy!

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Photo: Getty

2007: Cat

Our 'Ween Queen showed off her insane post-preg bod in '07 by wearing a terrifying little cat number that still gives me nightmares. No, really. I didn't sleep at all last night. Thanks, HK!!

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Photo: Getty

2008: Kali

When Heidi dressed as Hindu goddess Kali, many politically-correct heads rolled (hehe). But regardless of the controversy this costume caused, you have to admire this lady's dedication. I mean, she partied all night with six extra limbs protruding from her torso, expertly wielded dangerous swords and freshly decapitated human heads, and still managed to include another frazzled wig under her weighty headpiece. Girl loves wigs.

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

2009: Raven

Heidi waxxed Edgar Allan Poe-etic in 2009 in this mostly realistic and definitely fabulous feathery raven costume. What raven doesn't wear Louboutin OTK's?

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

2010: Robot Superhero Transformer

I would like to try whatever Heidi was taking when she thought up last year's costume. This purple and red robot/superhero/Transformer/glittery sex goddess getup included 2-foot-tall robotic platform boots and a prosthetic ginormous fivehead (beat THAT, Tyra!).

Photo: People

Photo: People

Photo: US Weekly

Photo: US Weekly

2011: Visible Woman and Hair-Loss Monkey

Heidi's basically got a lot to live up to this Halloween. Here are some sneak peaks of the costumes she'll be donning this year - yep, she has two. The first, which she'll sport this weekend to her party at TAO Nightclub in Vegas, is a Robbie Williams-esque, exposed-innards bodysuit called "Visible Woman." Potentially promising.

But the second costume, ie the real-deal one for her annual NYC fete, is looking a lot like a monkey stricken with alopecia. Creepy, it is, but impressive? We'll have to reserve our judgement for the finished product come Monday night. I have a feeling the reigning queen of Halloween isn't ready to store her professionally fitted fangs just yet.