For most people, Halloween (or All Hallow’s Eve) is just an ordinary occasion celebrating the day of the dead. Children set out to their routine trick-o-treat, while adults slip into cocky, and sometimes slutty costumes. This is the time when everyone gets the chance to express all their weirdness into one night. Pranks are played, pumpkins are destroyed, and a lot of money is spent on candy as enthusiasts honor saints and pray for the souls trapped in the spirit world. Amidst all these, a select few take the chance to showcase their extravagance in exclusive, night-to-remember Halloween parties. Gifts are adorned, money is raised for charities, and everyone (well, at least most people) enjoy themselves. Here are five amazing Halloween parties of the rich and famous.
Kate Hudson’s Annual Halloween Party
When it comes to Halloween, very few people can brag as hosting one of the most elite bashes with as many attendees as Kate Hudson can. The actress usually holds her annual Halloween party at her home in Pacific Palisades, where numerous celebrities flock in celebration. One of her most memorable events was the 2008 Halloween party, whose attendance was so large that it had to be disbanded. Her 2010 party was equally successful. Being one of the most anticipated affair in town, meticulous attention is paid to every detail, including the guests’ costumes. Some go for something comfortable, like Amanda Seyfried who dressed up like a big furry dog, or David Spade as a coach. Others prefer sexy outfits, like Rachael Zoe’s Indian warrior costume, or Gwen Stefani’s catwoman attire.
Heidi Klum’s Annual Halloween party
Also known as the “Queen of Halloween,” supermodel Heidi Klum has always stolen headlines at the annual event. The German star hosts one of the most exclusive Halloween parties in Hollywood. The parties are invite-only, but she has been known to be very extravagant. Her Halloween tradition began 16 years ago, where she usually wows her guests with profligate costumes, spooky decorations, and plenty of surprises. For 2016, the party will be held at Vandal New York.
And you can expect to be wowed, ‘cause if there was an award for best costume in the bash, the 43-year old blonde would take the crown each time. The mother of four has adorned several unrecognizable guises over the years, leading to her deserved title: Queen of Halloween. For her, if she doesn’t have an inspiring costume, she would rather stay at home. And the gorgeous bombshell means business, investing hours in cumbersome costumes and prosthetics.
We have seen her in a skinless body, as a convincingly old lady, and last year she festooned a Jessica Rabbit outfit for her 2015 Halloween party. If you do manage to get an invite at the exclusive event, you’ll walk away with Drybar Coasters, FACE by Phantom Glass, ALEX AND ANI Calavera Pull Chain Bracelet, Heidi Klum Intimates Solutions starter kit, Goody® Clean Radiance Cushion Brush, Nutella & GO Hazelnut Spread plus Breadsticks, Doomlands Double Dealer & Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster, SkinnyPop Popcorn, Spirit of Children bracelet, Swedish Fish candy, and several other goodies.
Bette Midler’s Annual Halloween Party
For those who need an introduction, Bette Midler is a 1945-born American singer, actress, songwriter, comedian, and film producer. In a career bordering the half century mark, Midler has won a special Tony Award, 3 Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, and 3 Grammy Awards. Her 35 million plus record sale globally has seen her receive 3 Multiplatinum, 3 Platinum, and 4 Gold albums. But we are not here to talk about her bio: we’re here because of her extravagant annual Halloween Party tradition.
For the last twenty years, since the inception of her New York Restoration Project, the 71 year old star has been hosting the annual event in the organization’s honor. Recently, NYRP reached the revolutionary milestone of planting one million trees, which subsequently saw her take home the green Goddess award for her efforts in cleaning up the city.
For last year, the theme was inspired by the ’96 horror movie “The island of Doctor Moreau.” It also incorporated a little bit of Gilligan’s Island, blending half recycling material and half couture. Guests were treated to a presentation by comic Judy Gold (who wore a Caitlyn Jenner costume) and a costume contest hosted by Michael Kors.
LA Dream Annual Halloween Party
This star-studded annual Halloween party has been a celebrity favorite for almost twenty years. This festive costume party does not discriminate on age, and assembles stars from across the country alongside their costumed kids. The event also doubles as a charity, and has raised a commendable $36m for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. When the sensational Teri Hatcher (from Desperate Housewives) presided the event in 2007, she auctioned off her Badgley Mischka gown(which is inspired by the Queen of Hearts) – with a complimentary Barbie doll – to raise a staggering $45,000 by herself.
Jamie Lee Curtis has hosted the event for ten subsequent years, and considers it her favorite occasion. She revealed that she loves how the party merges business with fun so successfully. The philanthropy and the assembly of all these stars definitely make the LA Dream Halloween party one of the most expensive events in the world.
Playboy Mansion Kandy Halloween Party
So far, Kandy Halloween is the sexiest, most terrifying, and most popular Halloween party on the planet. The event is hosted by the Playboy Mansion, which is one of the most iconic houses in California and probably the entire country. It is known as Hugh Hefner’s home (Playboy founder) and was popularized by the legendary parties hosted there. With time, the events transformed from the owner’s private parties to debauchery celebrations with a limited guest list.
If you are looking to get into the Playboy Mansion, the easiest ticket is the annual Halloween party. Last year, the tickets could be purchased online, ranging from somewhere between $1,500 and $15,000. Parties at the Playboy Mansion have a notorious reputation for their over the top entertainment. Apart from a DJ, expect to be surprised by anything from cage dancers to contortionists to flame throwers.