The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2011

The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2011: A blog about the best celebrity costumes of this year.

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris

Don’t they look cute together? Hugh Hefner and his fiancee Crystal Harris spent this Halloween together at the Playboy Mansion. Hefner dressed up in his signature silk pajamas, while Harris wore a sexy bunny costume that showed off her legs and cleavage.

The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2011

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris

Hef’s infamous bunny costume is a classic for a reason. Hefner and his wife, Crystal Harris, were joined by their friends for an evening of fun. You know Playboy bunnies are involved when there is a giant bed in the middle of the room.

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re still looking for a costume, take some inspiration from these celebrities who made our list of the best costumes of this year.

1. Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends

Bret Michaels may have been a Playboy bunny, but we think Hugh Hefner’s costume this Halloween was way better!

2. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s costumes are always creative, so it is no surprise that she made our list. For Halloween, she dressed as a unicorn, complete with a horn. And yes, it was as weird as it sounds.

3. George Clooney and Stacy Keibler

George Clooney and Stacy Keibler attended the Casamigos Halloween Party in Beverly Hills dressed as… themselves! That is, they were dressed like Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend Crystal Harris. We know, it can be hard to keep track of which celebrity is dressing like which this Halloween!

Celebrities take Halloween very, very seriously. And while most of us are still trying to figure out what to wear this Friday, they’ve already mapped out intricate, over-the-top costumes.

Here’s a look at some of the best celebrity Halloween costumes from 2011. Some are scary; others are sexy; but all will inspire your own costume this year.

1. Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris

Looking for a last minute Halloween costume? Look no further. Celebrities have been getting into the spirit by dressing up as… celebrities! From Madonna to Lady Gaga, check out this list of celebrity Halloween costumes.

1. Hugh Hefner and Playmates

Celebrity Halloween Costume: Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick as Hugh Hefner and Playboy playmates.

Why It Works: Szohr’s resemblance to the famous playmates is uncanny, as is her ability to pull off the bunny getup (it takes a special kind of person). Westwick’s Hugh Hefner costume is on point too — from the robe to the pipe, he looks like he just walked out of the mansion.

At a time when the economy has been lagging, retail sales have been down and the stock market has been taking some hard hits, it would be easy to assume that Halloween spending was on its way down as well. Not so! According to a new report from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans plan to spend $6.86 billion this Halloween. The average person is expected to spend about $72.31 on costumes, decorations, candy and more for the holiday — up from $66.28 last year.

The NRF estimates that 171 million people will partake in Halloween festivities, whether it’s going trick-or-treating or attending a costume party. This year, there will be a wide variety of costumes to choose from, with 47 percent of those surveyed planning on buying one for their kids and 20 percent planning on buying one for themselves.

“Halloween is an exciting time of year for families and children across the country,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a press release. “As we approach the holiday season, retailers are excited to offer shoppers great deals that they can’t find anywhere else.”

Hugh Hefner, the man who made silk pajamas socially acceptable and Playboy a household name, has died at 91.

The publishing icon founded Playboy in 1953 as a men’s magazine with a sense of humor. The first cover featured Marilyn Monroe, who had posed nude for just $50 — although Hugh didn’t have to pay her, because he ran pictures from an earlier shoot that had been cancelled.

The magazine targeted an audience of men between the ages of 18 and 35 and sold 52,000 copies of its first issue. It became a sensation, reaching 1 million subscribers within three years.

Playboy was more than just a magazine, it was a lifestyle. Hugh went on to develop Playboy into the brand that we know it as today: not only did it become the most successful men’s magazine in history, but it also includes TV shows, clubs and casinos.

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