For the past decade, one woman has come to rule the ghoulish night, taking dressing up to artistic heights for her Halloween bash. Here, some inspiration to take your costume up a notch.

Some celebrities approach Halloween with an effort worthy of an Academy Award performance with meticulously detailed costumes, wigs and makeup, rendering them unrecognizable and seemingly lost in character. Then again, Halloween parties can be big splashy events in New York and Las Vegas, and this is just another opportunity to get dressed up for a red carpet moment.

But for the past decade, one woman has come to rule the ghoulish night, taking dressing up to artistic heights for her Halloween bash.

If awards were handed out for best Halloween costumes, it should undoubtedly go to model and television personality Heidi Klum. The 44-year-old Emmy Award winning host of Project Runway and a judge on America's Got Talent has been hosting some legendary Halloween parties in New York city since 2001, and her costumes are nothing short of epic.

Klum goes to extraordinary lengths, often employing an Oscar-winning makeup artist, professional costume designer and the use of prostheses, to transform herself into some extraordinary characters for the annual party, which has become a coveted invite for Halloween night.

Her parties, typically held at a hot nightclub, has grown in scope with sponsors and an elite guest list of celebrities, models and other A-listers who walk the red carpet in full costume. But none come close to rival the horror hostess and her ingenious attire. Over the years, Klum made spectacular entrances, from arriving on horseback dressed as the 11th century noblewoman, Lady Godiva to being pushed on a gurney in full body makeup to look like a bloody cadaver stripped of skin.

As October 31st approaches, take some inspiration from her and take your costume up a notch.

Scroll through our slide show below for some of Heidi Klum's fantastical Halloween looks over the years.

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