What your Halloween costume really says about you

Oct 16, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Halloween, it’s the one night of the year when adults get to be kids again. When it’s socially acceptable to put away our ‘sensible clothes’ and dress up, pretending to be anyone we want. And while Halloween is all about make-believe, why we pick one costume over any other says a huge amount about our secret fantasies, fetishes and who we’d like to be, if only for a day. Scary, sexy or quirky, let’s take a look at some of the most popular past celebrity Halloween looks to uncover what they say about the person wearing them.


Scary: Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum's Halloween costume

While many women (especially those with bodies like Heidi) are trotting around as sexy nurses and naughty doctors, Heidi Klum chose to come as a skinless corpse! Anyone who picks a costume designed to freak other people out has a dark sense of humor and sees himself or herself as a bit of a rebel.

Heidi may be all blond-haired and white-toothed smiles in real life, but her freaky flesh costume reveals her inner strength and the fact that she is more aggressive and less passive than she might pretend to be in real life. She also likes surprises and enjoys the unexpected in life and in love.


Sexy: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian's Halloween costume

Kim K. is the quintessential sexy Little Red Riding Hood, but it could have been any other fairy tale character with a sexy twist. This costume, unlike Heidi's, is designed with one goal in mind — to best show off her enviable assets. This reflects Kim's innate understanding of how to best represent herself and her powerful drive to be desired and lusted after, hence her love of fame.

The fairy tale reference is no accident. Kim still believes in 'happily ever after.' However, Little Red Riding Hood was also a victim, which shows that while she's very confident about some things (like her cleavage!) and strong willed, she often falls for the Big Bad Wolf.


Quirky: Kate Upton

Kate Upton's Halloween costume

At first glance, swimsuit model Kate Upton is the very image of a modern Marilyn Monroe, which speaks to her innate sex appeal and innocence. But take a closer look and you'll see the skeleton body paint she's added to the ensemble — a quirky, slightly off-color joke about Marilyn no longer being with us. This shows not only her sense of humor, but her ability to make fun of her own sexy image.

While she's aware of the physical comparisons between herself and the screen legend, this costume reveals both her inner desire to become a legend as well as her understanding that she is not.

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