Vanessa Williams dresses up as Marilyn Monroe in an upcoming Halloween episode of Desperate Housewives. And you can bet that in real life she’ll be slipping into a costume and celebrating huge on October 31st – she’s a big fan of Halloween.
Vanessa tells People that she loves dressing up and throwing an annual costume party – she’ll spend over four weeks preparing for the big night. “I start decorating October 1st. It’s a favorite holiday for any kid, and I live through my kids,” she says. “Plus it’s a chance to dress up and be creative, and I love having parties…We do bobbing for apples and we watch scary movies.”
And not only her younger kids get caught up in the excitement – her second daughter, Jillian, has big plans for her costume this year.
“My 21-year-old daughter called me today,” Vanessa says. “She said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna be you this year for Halloween – can you help me with my outfit?'”
Williams is also mother to daughters Sasha, 10, Melanie, 23 and son Devin, 17.