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Celebrity Halloween costumes

By Stephanie Lysaght, Times Staff Writer

They dress up like other people for a living, but that doesn’t keep actors from donning elaborate costumes for Halloween. Here are some highlights from celebrity Halloween parties, in all their sexy, spooky splendor.

Last year, Paris Hilton poked fun at her stint in the slammer by sporting this “Jail Bait” costume to “A Very Sexy Halloween” at LAX Nightclub in Las Vegas. (WireImage)
Jada Pinkett Smith, with daughter Willow as a pretty witch, took on the role of superhero at the AIDS Foundation’s 15th annual Dream Halloween benefit this year at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. (WireImage)
Jamie Lee Curtis wants you!

The actress donned stars and stripes at the AIDS Foundation benefit. (WireImage)
Talk about Halloween spirit!

NBC’s Matt Lauer channeled his inner Herman Munster on the “Today” show last year. (WireImage)
Howard Stern’s new wife, Beth Ostrosky-Stern, was positively bewitching at a recent Humane Society benefit. (Joe Corrigan / Getty Images)
Model Petra Nemcova put all the other Cleopatras to shame at last year’s Roberto Cavalli Vodka and Giuseppe Cipriani bash. (WireImage)
Fashion designer Lauren Conrad took her style cues from the Roaring ‘20s at last year’s 100 Club Halloween Party at Les Deux in Hollywood. (Todd Williamson / WireImage)
Dina and Ali Lohan got catty at 2008’s Animal Fair Magazine soiree. (Peter Kramer / Associated Press)
Jason Priestley attended this year’s Dream Halloween AIDS benefit in Santa Monica with his wife, Naomi Lowde-Priestley, and daughter, Ava.

Jason does not look too excited. We’re guessing The Royal Canadian Mounted Police costume was Naomi’s idea.

For the record: A previous version of this slide referred to Priestley’s outfit as a soldier costume.
Even in an angel costume, reality star Brittny Gastineau looked none too angelic at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York last year. (WireImage)
“Gossip Girl” actress and media darling Tinsley Mortimer popped into last year’s Roberto Cavalli Vodka and Giuseppe Cipriani party wearing this getup. Maybe she’s the goddess of partying? (WireImage)
When Jamie Lee Curtis hosted 2007’s “Under the Big Top” soiree at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, she was decked out as some sort of Willy Wonka/Mad Hatter hybrid. (WireImage)
Teri Hatcher and daughter Emerson squeezed in some mother-daughter bonding at 2007’s Dream Halloween “Under the Big Top” party. (WireImage)
At 2007’s “Under the Big Top” bash, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” actress Marlee Matlin sported one of the year’s most popular costumes: Capt. Jack Sparrow. (WireImage)
Rumer Willis wore a decidedly little top to the “Under the Big Top” party at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica last year. (WireImage)
She plays Julie Mayer on “Desperate Housewives,” but at 2007’s “Under the Big Top” party, Andrea Bowen dressed up as a trapeze artist. Now, that’s original! (WireImage)
Neil Patrick Harris went all out last year. He was virtually unrecognizable as a clown at the Art of Elysium Halloween Ball at Social Hollywood. I wonder if he does birthday parties. (WireImage)
“How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor kicked it with Neil Patrick Harris at the Art of Elysium Halloween Ball at Social Hollywood last year. So what was he? Jemaine from “Flight of the Conchords” is our best guess. (WireImage)
Roberto Cavalli had the fashion community in stitches last year when he came to his party dressed as designer Karl Lagerfeld. Said the rest of the world: “Huh?” (WireImage)
Angela Bassett and her kids opted for a safari theme at the 2008 AIDS Foundation Halloween benefit. (WireImage)
Eve made one hot corrections officer performing at the Roberto Cavalli Vodka and Giuseppe Cipriani bash last year. (WireImage)