NEW YORK — A giant worm, Elon Musk and Questlove walk into a bar.
Heidi Klum’s 21st Annual Halloween Party did not disappoint, with the model taking an unexpected route for a costume as she inched her way in to greet party guests in a human-sized earthworm costume.
Her mauve and flesh-toned suit took up most of the blue carpet space as she hopped, then later crawled beside her husband Tom Kaulitz, who dressed as a fisherman and kept his line and hook close. Through barely visible slits in the costume, Klum’s yellow-contact eyes and mouth could be made out just enough to chat with guests. Some reporters even took to the ground to ask the model a question.
“I just wanted to think outside the box and do something different,” she told USA TODAY while kneeling upright in her costume.
The notable Halloween bash, back after a two-year pandemic hiatus, drew attention from street photographers and onlookers. But USA TODAY reporters were there. Here’s what it was like inside the spooky affair.
Inching to party:Heidi Klum crawls into her Halloween party as a fishing worm, gets hugs from daughter Leni
Jonathan Van Ness, Questlove, more stars swarm in costume
Despite the rainy New York City night, the Klum event brought out “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness and their husband Mark Peacock, Ice T and his wife Coco Austin, designer duo The Blonds, and Questlove, who was in charge of the music for the evening.
Julia Fox and Elon Musk weren’t listed as attendees, but couldn’t miss out on the Klum bash.
Fox, dressed in fuzzy creature attire, breezed past press questions as her “Where the Wild Things Are” crew followed close behind.
A day before tweeting that Twitter Blue will cost users $8 a monthMusk posed for cameras with fists pumped high in an Iron Man adjacent suit. Arriving moments after Fox, he also did not stop to talk to reporters outside the party.
In previous years, the event brought in top stars like Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid and more.
Guests walk through bathtubs of blood, drink prosecco
Inside the party, guests were treated to Baileys cocktails and prosecco as servers wore surgical bandages around their heads. Dancers maneuvered to throwback hits while their feet were planted in clawfoot bathtubs filled with fake blood.
Many of the high-profile guests enjoyed the scarlet-lit party from behind VIP ropes that lined a perimeter around the DJ booth. Outside the rope, the remaining party guests danced under red lanterns while wearing elaborate costumes with long dress trains and three-sided mirrors around their necks.
Off in a different VIP area, “The Ice Family” had their own private party as Austin danced and her husband took video, encouraging her fun.
Klum’s Halloween hijinks have taken place in both Los Angeles and New York City but on Instagram she said she was “excited” to be back in “the Big Wormy Apple” for the 2022 iteration.
Despite making an outfit change once inside the party, Klum said her huge insect costume was the outfit that made her feel “like a million bucks!”
The stars deny wearing bad costumes
Celebrities gave the details on their costumes and denied ever having a worst costume as they took over the carpet.
Phillipe Blond and David Blond dressed as a bedazzled Priscilla and Elvis Presley, sharing that they relate to the former couple’s “life of fashion.” When asked if they ever had a worst costume, Phillipe declares that the situation has never happened. David added: “We pretty much take it there every time. Otherwise, we wouldn’t bother going out.”
Ice T, in full Dracula attire, said the same for him and his family. The rapper and actor said that his unit has “never” had a worst costume. “This is the Ice family.”
Conversely, Questlove shared that this year is probably the most effort he’s put into a Halloween look. In an astronaut suit, he delivered a hot take: “I don’t like getting dressed up for Halloween… This year, I’m halfway trying.”
The musician did sub moon boots for a pair of white Crocs, a shoe he’s worn on red carpets in the past.
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