Heidi Klum, the Queen of Halloween (and self-declared nudist), has been throwing her infamous party for going on 18 years. Yet after all this time, her excitement hasn't waned. "I'll be the last one to go home!" she says. "They throw the lights on, the DJ's going home, the clean-up crew's already there, and I'm like, no, I don't want it to be over!"
But that's a problem for very early in the morning on November 1. Right now, all you (and Klum) have to do is get everything prepared for when the guests in their costumed best show up at your door. Here, Klum shares her rules for throwing the spookiest, wildest Halloween party ahead of her own bash. And no, you're probably not invited.
When to throw it:
Halloween night. It should be on Halloween night. It doesn't matter if Halloween night falls on a Tuesday. "The real hardcore halloween fans, you gotta do it on Halloween," says Klum. "Next day, you might be a little bit tired, but it's once a year, you know?"
What the host should wear:
Klum's own costume this year will be "scary," and it is requiring multiple rehearsals for her to nail her entrance. Sounds intense. Yours doesn't need choreography, but definitely plan ahead. Klum suggests digging through a flea market or even old clothes in the basement for something unusual. "It's fun for people to see you don't always have to be the sexy nurse or the police officer," she says. And embrace the new identity. "When you're not you, when you are completely transformed into someone else, I definitely think it gives you confidence," she says.
What the guests should wear:
Klum still remembers years ago the man who came as a mattress. "Literally he took a queen mattress, got most of the padding out from the inside, and shoved himself in the inside of the mattress. He just had his little head sticking out in the front, the arms and fingertips on either side of the mattress, and the feet coming out on the bottom. I mean, that is commitment," she says. She thought it was hilarious and unique, and she loved it because it was homemade. So wear something that requires effort, if for no other reason than as a sign of respect for the host. (Extra points if you can top their costume.)
What guests shouldn't wear:
"I'm not really into guns or those types of things. I'm actually going to talk to the security before people come in," says Klum, who won't allow them at her party. "With what's going on in the world right now, we don't need people running around with fake guns." Basically, don't be distasteful, and don't craft a costume that relies on gun violence. Now is not the time.
What music you should play:
Not Halloween music. No one wants the "Monster Mash" and "Thriller" on repeat. Klum's parties are DJ'd every year by Questlove, who Klum says "can feel the crowd" perfectly. If he's busy the night of your party, make sure the playlist is in the hands of somebody who wants to keep everyone on the dance floor instead of playing their own mood music.
What drinks you should serve:
Halloween-themed ones, obviously. Klum herself sticks to champagne, but her party will feature signature cocktails presented by Svedka (recipes below). In lieu of professional mixologists, get creative. "You can buy eyeballs you can put in your drinks, or a gummy worm hanging down there at the bottom of your drink. You can put a little food coloring in," says Klum. Try these Halloween cocktail recipes, or Svedka's below:
The Crypt Keeper
Ingredients: 1 part Svedka Clementine, 1 part sweet vermouth, 1 part Campari
Combine all ingredients, stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.
Ingredients: 2 parts Svedka Orange Cream Pop, 4 parts orange soda
Pour Svedka over ice in a tall glass, fill with soda.
Happy Halloween, party ghouls.