Halloween

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Family 'Super-Excited' to Welcome Baby Frankenstein

Fla. baby's name is literally Oskar Gary Frankenstein

(Newser) - A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween: a baby Frankenstein. Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labor on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital near Orlando, reports the AP . Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein... More »

Trick or Treat? Hillary Jokes About Halloween Costume

Clinton says maybe she'll dress up as 'the president'

(Newser) - When Hillary Clinton said she was "ready to come out of the woods," she meant it. Clinton has been working the news-show circuit , promoting her new memoir , and speaking up more on Twitter . She's even gotten her sense of humor back, making a snarky tweet over the... More »

Pumpkin Theft Prompts Bizarre Police Lineup

St. Louis residents can claim their stolen fruit

(Newser) - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins—and one gourd—are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered, reports the AP . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports pumpkins began vanishing last... More »

2-Story Star Wars Replica Is Big Halloween Hit

'I was amazed; it's actually the size of their house'

(Newser) - A two-story, Star Wars-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state, the AP reports. Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica... More »

Anne Frank Halloween Get-Up Doesn't Please Internet

Rep for HalloweenCostumes.com apologizes, says costume has been pulled from retailer's site

(Newser) - An online retailer has pulled a costume from its website that depicted Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Screenshots of the costume for sale at HalloweenCostumes.com posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret, the AP reports. The costume was quickly criticized on... More »

Decapitated Man in Tennessee Really Something Else Entirely

Realistic decoration has passers-by calling 911

(Newser) - Police in Greene County, Tenn., have asked the public to stop calling 911 about a Halloween decoration that may be a tad too early—and too realistic. The sheriff's department has notified the public that what looks like a body crushed by a garage door is a puppet stuffed... More »

2 Kids, 1 Adult Die in Halloween Hayride Tragedy

Trailer was rear-ended on Miss. highway

(Newser) - A vehicle struck a hay-lined flatbed trailer carrying adults and children who were dressed up for Halloween, killing three people and injuring several others in a small Mississippi town, authorities say. Two children and one adult—all related to each other—were killed in the crash, Newton County Coroner Danny... More »

Jack-o'-Lantern Lighting Sends Girl to Burn Center

But family says she's OK

(Newser) - Authorities say a 7-year-old girl ended up at a north Florida burn center after her grandmother attempted to light their jack-o'-lantern with green flames using household chemicals, the AP reports. The Florida Times-Union reports that 62-year-old Wanda Michelle Reyna called 911 Sunday evening, saying that fire had splattered on... More »

'The Juslims' Win Halloween

Muslim-Jewish friends come up with superhero costume idea

(Newser) - Two California 13-year-olds are the stars of Halloween this year with their joint costume: A superhero team they created called "The Juslims." As 13-year-old Casey Pearlman's father explained on Twitter Saturday, "My daughter is Jewish. Her best pal is Muslim. For Halloween they created a superhero... More »

Hilary Duff, Boyfriend Sorry for Halloween Costumes

They dressed up as pilgrim, Native American chief

(Newser) - Hilary Duff apologized "from the bottom of her heart" Sunday for the Halloween costumes she and new boyfriend Jason Walsh wore to a Halloween party Friday. The couple—in a photo that can be seen here —were dressed as a sexy pilgrim and a Native American chief, with... More »

In Pizzeria's 25-Cent Toy Machine, Kid Finds ... Pills?

Police are investigating how prescription meds ended up in the machine

(Newser) - A mother's alarming Facebook post about a 25-cent vending machine dispensing medication instead of toys to her 7-year-old daughter has gone viral in the days before Halloween. Courtney Jones allowed her mother to give her youngest daughter, Allyson, three quarters at the Rochester House of Pizza in New Hampshire... More »

10 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treaters

Oh, to be a kid in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Kids in Philadelphia who come home with pillowcases stuffed with candy on Halloween probably have no idea how lucky they are. Philly is the best city in the country for trick-or-treaters—and possibly dentists, too—according to the eighth annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index , per Parade . The index ranks cities based... More »

Miss. County Bans Clown Costumes for Halloween

Under punishment of a $150 fine.

(Newser) - A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween, the AP reports. Kemper County supervisors this week banned people from wearing any clown costume, mask, or makeup in public. The local law carries a $150 penalty, and it will be lifted Nov. 1.... More »

You Can Spend Halloween in a Coffin at Dracula's Castle

Don't let the vampire bite

(Newser) - You could spend a night in Dracula’s Transylvanian castle—but sleep is no guarantee. Airbnb is offering two guests an overnight stay at Bran Castle in the mountains of Transylvania, fittingly, on Halloween night. The great grandnephew of Bram Stoker, who based his 19th-century novel on the very place,... More »

'Disgusting' Kim Kardashian Robbery Costume Pulled

Meanwhile, Kim sues media outlet for libel

(Newser) - An online retailer has pulled a Halloween costume that made light of the recent jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian West. Time reports that the listing for the "Parisian Heist" costume on Costumeish featured a bound and gagged Kardashian lookalike dressed in a white robe and sporting a giant ring.... More »

Halloween Costume Uproar Causes Yale Resignation

Lecturer suggested students wear what they want

(Newser) - Christmas is around the corner but at Yale, they're still dealing with the fallout from a Halloween controversy. Lecturer Erika Christakis has resigned from her teaching position after causing an uproar in October with her response to an email from the campus Intercultural Affairs Committee urging students to avoid... More »

2 Students Arrested for Columbine Costumes

They were charged with felony, could be expelled

(Newser) - A bad-enough costume can ruin your life, not just your Halloween, two high school students in Connecticut have discovered. The teenagers were arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center this week after authorities found out they had gone out for Halloween dressed as the Columbine school shooters and allegedly... More »

Kids Lose Parents in Wreck, Cop Takes Unusual Step

Ga. Trooper Nathan Bradley didn't want to mar the memory of Halloween for them

(Newser) - Donald and Crystal Howard went out on Halloween to buy more face paint and candy. But the Georgia parents were killed in a car crash near their Morgan County home, leaving a young state trooper with a terrible task: breaking the news to their four kids, ages 6 to 13,... More »

Woman, 86, Finds Ring She Lost Handing Out Halloween Candy

What a treat

(Newser) - The case of the missing wedding ring has been solved, and not a moment too soon. WDSU reports an 86-year-old Louisiana resident lost her wedding ring while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters Saturday. According to the Slidell Police Department, everyone was afraid she had dropped the ring, which has great... More »

Okla. Mayor: Hubby's KKK Getup a 'Prank Gone Bad'

Husband dressed up in a white robe, made it look like cross was burning

(Newser) - Misty Meister was walking down a street in Lahoma, Okla., on Halloween night when she saw a group of adults wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and, she claims, burning a cross. She reported the incident—and though no charges were filed, it's making headlines because one of the people... More »

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