Heidi Klum debuts her 2020 Halloween costumes: See exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos

Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
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In Klum's first look, she disguises herself against a wall to hide from her mummy kids.
In Klum's first look, she disguises herself against a wall to hide from her mummy kids.

Leave it to the Queen of Halloween to come up with a creative way to celebrate Halloween, even in 2020.

The novel coronavirus canceled most festive plans for Oct. 31 – including Heidi Klum's iconic, celebrity-filled annual Halloween party – but Klum is proving with a new video that all the spooky fun can still happen this year from the safety of your home.

"When I realized it wouldn’t be possible to have my annual Halloween party this year, I knew I wanted to find a unique and fun way to celebrate at home with my family," Klum, 47, wrote in an email to USA TODAY.

In a five-and-a-half minute video released Saturday morning to her social media, Klum tries to convince her family that staying home on Halloween will be just as fun, but the kids aren't buying it. Ever the Halloween enthusiast, she figures out the perfect homemade costumes for her little monsters: Mummies, since she bought "so much (toilet paper) in March."

Exclusive: Later, she transforms to blend in to a marbleized bedspread.
Exclusive: Later, she transforms to blend in to a marbleized bedspread.

But when the clock strikes midnight, those DIY mummies turn into real ones, and Klum is forced to disguise herself within the house to protect herself. Cue: Two different extravagant body-paint looks. In the first, she blends into a wood-paneled wall; her neck, chest and arms transformed into a bulletin board complete with sticky-note reminders. Later, her whole body becomes part of a marbleized bedspread.

"This Halloween, stay at home and enjoy some quality time with the family," reads a series of graphics in the video. "Just try not to kill each other."

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Though she wasn't against the usual backdrop of a party, Klum was able to keep up her tradition of elaborate, totally transformative Halloween costumes. Most costumes in years past involved some sort of prosthetics or body paint, both of which the model loves "any excuse to get into." Two of her past favorites include becoming Princess Fiona to husband Tom Kaulitz's Shrek, and an elderly version of herself. But this year, amid COVID-19 shutdowns and CDC warnings against indoor parties and traditional trick-or-treating, she took things in a different direction.

Exclusive: Behind the scenes, a crew member touches up the set while Klum blends in to her surroundings.
Exclusive: Behind the scenes, a crew member touches up the set while Klum blends in to her surroundings.

"I decided to make the most of it and do something creative with my family," Klum says. "I want to show people that just because we can’t gather in large groups this year, that you can still get creative and celebrate at home with your loved ones."

And so Klum traded her high-profile guest list for some other VIPs: Her husband, musician Kaulitz, and four kids: Helene, 16, Henry, 15, Johan, 13, and Lou, 11.

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"We had so much fun on set laughing between takes and playing dress up with the toilet paper," Klum says. "They really enjoyed it too because they got to be scary and chase me around the house. It was the best way to kick off the Halloween season."

The video was a family effort, though it was Klum who "immediately" thought of the toilet paper mummies and "knew my kids would love it."

Exclusive: Klum told USA TODAY she loves "any excuse to get into body paint."
Exclusive: Klum told USA TODAY she loves "any excuse to get into body paint."

"I was thinking about how we, like so many families, would be stuck at home and what we had around the house that we could make into costumes," she says. "To me, Halloween means creativity! That’s why I enjoy the holiday so much because it’s a chance to come up with something completely out of the box and let your imagination run wild. It’s also such a fun way to celebrate as a family because everyone can get involved creating their own costumes."

"We also need to keep our holiday spirit alive," she concludes. "Have fun, stay safe."