InStyle Editors' Favorite Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2016
Halloween may be over, but we're still feeling the spooky vibes here at InStyle HQ thanks to the many day-after Instagrams, leftover candy, and that last bit of face paint that just won't come off.
As far as celebrity Boo Day inspiration goes, 2016 was a phenomenal year. With plenty of outfits that threw us into a nostalgic frenzy (hello, Bette Midler as her Hocus Pocus character) and others that had us doing some serious doubletakes (will the real Heidi Klumplease stand up?), stars went all out with their costumes and provided plenty of ideas for us to re-use next year. (Yes, we're already planning Halloween 2017).
A few of our editors' shared their opinions on their Halloween costume favorites from the season and the results were all over the place, in the best way possible. From unicorns to TV characters, these celebrities hit the nail on the head with their ensembles. And thanks to social media, we had plenty of pictures to choose from.
Did your favorite celebrity costume make our list? Scroll down below to find out!
Jena Dewan Tatum as a Unicorn
"I loved Jenna Dewan Tatum as a sparkly unicorn. She rocked a simple white outfit but went totally glam with her hair and makeup, proving you can make an awesome costume without splurging on something you’ll never wear again—all you need is your cosmetics bag." —Olivia Bahou, digital news assistant
Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, and Tina Knowles as Salt-N-Pepa
"My favorite celebrity costume was Beyoncé and Blue Ivy's remake of Salt-N-Pepa’s iconic "Push-It" video. Of course, Bey's costume would slay, but I love that she included Blue Ivy to bring out the best of the '80s. No surprise: Sandra 'Pepa' Denton even sent out her stamp of approval on Twitter too." —Shalayne Pulis, editorial assistant
Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch as Dustin and Eleven from Stranger Things
"Amy Schumer absolutely killed it as Dustin from Stranger Things as did her boyfriend, Ben Hanisch, with Eleven. Leave it to Schumer to mix up the gender roles and to pick not Mike Wheeler or even Officer Jim Hopper, but Dustin Henderson, who is a slightly more under-the-radar character (though easily my favorite of the non-telekinetically-gifted kids). Plus, Hanisch already had that perfect buzz-cut to pull off an Eleven costume." —Jane Asher, digital editorial assistant
Danielle Brooks and Jessica Williams as Nisi and Mickey from B*A*P*S
"Danielle Brooks from Orange Is the New Black and Jessica Williams dressed as Nisi and Mickey from B*A*P*S, and I am LIVING FOR IT. B*A*P*S is one of my favorite guilty-pleasure movies, and their costumes were completely perfect from head to toe in every sense possible. Just look at their outfits and hairstyles—need I say more? Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle Reid would be proud." —Marianne Mychaskiw, associate beauty editor
Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera in the "Dirrty" Music Video
"YES, KYLIE. Kylie Jenner's costume was so convincing I honestly thought Christina herself re-wore the look when I first saw it on Instagram. She had the leather chaps, striped bra, braided hair, and early 2000s abs moment. The only things missing were a boxing ring, back-up dancers, and the crew behind MTV's 'Making the Video.'" —Jonathan Borge, assistant audience engagement editor
Jessica Alba and Kelly Sawyer as AbFab
"There's nothing like a nostalgia moment on Halloween and this year has had no shortage: Kylie as Xtina, Beyoncé and fam as Salt & Peppa ... But my award for best costume has to go to Jessica Alba and Kelly Sawyer who suited up as my two favorite characters: Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone." —Ruthie Friedlander, site director
Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus
"Hocus Pocus is my all-time favorite Halloween movie and Bette Midler stepping out as her evil witch character from the film, Winifred Sanderson, was legitimately the best treat ever. And can we talk about how she looks exactly the same in costume as she did in 1993?!" —Samantha Simon, assistant editor
Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy Carter as Barbie Dolls
"I just adored Beyoncé's, Jay Z's, and Blue Ivy's #flawless Halloween renditions of Barbie and Ken dolls. Bey—who is pretty much a life-size Barbie every day of her life—and Jay took their costumes to another level with the 'still-inside-the-box' elements. The longer you look, the more details about the trio's family costume you notice, from the ladies' fishnet stockings to Blue's microphone and sparkly sneakers. Dad's packaging hilariously reads '40th Anniversary Ken,' 'Black Collector Edition,' and 'Hov!!!' And the kicker? Jay Z's glittering bowtie and cummerbund." —Mari Kasanuki, associate news editor