Ah, Halloween. It's the chance for celebrities to take on an alter ego and suck up even more attention than they usually do -- last year, Lindsay Lohan channeled Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton played cop, and Britney Spears morphed into a hot pink cat.
But why watch the rich and famous have all the fun? You can turn into your favorite -- or most hated -- star with a few easy, cheap tricks of the costume trade. Below, check out ABCNews.com's how-to guide for eight celebrity costumes:
Lady Gaga's known as much for her infectious pop beats as for her irreverent style. Hair bows, face-framing wreaths, neck braces, studded panties -- the stranger, the better in Gaga's book. She even managed to scare Eminem on stage last month at MTV's Video Music Awards, taking the Best New Artist trophy from him as he gawked in shock at her head and face enveloping red lace contraption.
Another classic: Gaga's bubble dress, which she debuted at a performance earlier this year. Mimicking the out-of-this world look is easy: grab a nude hued mini dress (American Apparel offers a few, along with many other costume essentials) and similar color fishnet stockings. Then take a few deep breaths and get to work blowing up a bunch of clear balloons. Stick 'em to the dress with adhesive tape and you're done. Sure, you may not be able to sit all night, but that's the price you pay for fabulousness. Just don't let anyone p-p-p-poke your face, or really, your body.
Group Costume: Kate Gosselin, Jon Gosselin and Nadya Suleman
Earlier this week, Suleman told Radar Online "I kind of have a crush on Jon Gosselin. I think he's hot!" Suppress your gag reflex and consider how epic this costume could be. For the Jon Gosselin getup, an Ed Hardy shirt's essential, as is a pot belly and hair gelled into a style only a frat boy could and should sport.
For Suleman, head to a Halloween store and pick up a pair of wax lips; for Kate Gosselin, hunt down a short-length blond wig and crop it into her signature reverse mullet. Then, run to the nearest toy store and buy 16 baby dolls -- eight for each of the reality TV moms to tote around all night.
The late king of pop's bound to drop by many a party this Halloween. Revive Michael Jackson's iconic '80s style with a white glove, black sequined jacket, matching pants and, if you're feeling particularly festive, a bowler hat to top off the look. What, don't have a black sequined suit in your closet? Pick up plain black clothes, spray them all over with aerosol adhesive, throw them on the floor, and do the "Beat It" dance with handfuls of black and silver glitter. The more, the better.
Couple's Costume: Kanye West and Taylor Swift
Prove you're up on music's biggest controversy this season by recreating the MTV VMA mic-grab heard round the world. By now, you should know the line Kanye West dropped when he interrupted Taylor Swift's Best Female Video acceptance speech by heart: "Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time." Thus, West created one of the best couple's costume ideas of all time. (And yes, to truly be him, you must repeat that line in some incarnation at least 10 times on Halloween.)