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Guy's Obama Tombstone Raises Halloween Ruckus

Neighbors squabble over 'disrespectful' gravestone with president's name

(Newser) - A neighborhood feud has become national news: After a man in Edmond, Okla., put up a tombstone for President Obama in his yard, a woman complained to a local station . "Regardless of your political views … he is the president of the United States," Jamilla Phillips says, as... More »

Woman's Fire-Breathing Stunt Goes Wrong

Ashley Keach burned at Blood Run 5K in Ohio

(Newser) - If you've always equated "fire-breathing" with "unnecessarily and insanely dangerous," well, your point was proven yesterday in Ohio. A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized after what the AP terms "performing a fire-breathing act at a Halloween-themed running event." The woman, who has identified herself via... More »

Town Cancels Halloween Amid Hunt for Fugitive

Eric Frein still on the loose in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - With accused cop killer Eric Frein still on the loose and presumably holed up in the nearby woods, a town in rural Pennsylvania has taken the unusual step of canceling Halloween festivities this year, reports ABC News . That means no trick-or-treating and no annual parade for Barrett Township. It's... More »

Yes, You'll See Lots of Ebola Costumes for Halloween

At least if social media is a guide

(Newser) - Not that it's a huge surprise, but Reuters reports that its informal survey of social media suggests that Ebola is going to be a major Halloween theme this year. The ultra-dedicated might try to dress up as the virus itself, but otherwise expect to see a lot of makeshift... More »

Slender Man Costumes Cause Uproar After Stabbing

Stores in Wisconsin selling get-ups for Halloween

(Newser) - Wisconsin's Waukesha County was jolted earlier this year when two 12-year-old girls allegedly stabbed a classmate because they thought it would please a fictional character known as Slender Man . Now, some local stores are catching flak for selling Slender Man costumes in time for Halloween, reports the Milwaukee Journal ... More »

Teens Dress as Twin Towers, Win Costume Contest

Brits have since apologized for Halloween choice

(Newser) - And this year's prize for Worst Halloween Costume Idea goes to ... the two British 19-year-olds, who went to a nightclub's costume contest dressed as the Twin Towers on 9/11. That's not the only prize they were awarded: The teens, whose World Trade Center costumes were marked "... More »

Student in GI Joe Costume Caused College Lockdown

David Kyem was dressed as GI Joe character

(Newser) - Central Connecticut State University was on lockdown yesterday, with local and state law enforcement—including SWAT teams—taking over the campus following reports of an armed man. Turns out it was student David Kyem, who was still wearing his GI Joe-inspired Halloween costume, the Hartford Courant reports. He'd been... More »

20 Celeb Halloween Costumes

Trust us, Matt Lauer's is the most disturbing

(Newser) - Looking for last-minute Halloween costume inspiration? Here's what celebrities have partied as this year (no, not everyone dressed up as Miley Cyrus ), courtesy of Mashable , USA Today , BuzzFeed , and Us Weekly :
  • Miley Cyrus: Lil' Kim from the 1999 VMAs (think nipple pastie)
  • Matt Lauer: Pamela Anderson in her
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One More Time, White People: Blackface Is Wrong

It isn't funny, just ignorant: pundits

(Newser) - Another Halloween, another white person dons blackface with predictable results. This time, it's actress Julianne Hough getting most of the heat, though there's apparently plenty of Travyon Martin impersonators out there, too, writes Roxane Gay at the Los Angeles Times . We're still taking about this? She discounts... More »

Hef, Crystal Dress Up as Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke

And do some twerking at Halloween party

(Newser) - Here's an image you won't be able to get out of your head for the foreseeable future: Crystal Harris twerking all over her hubby, Hugh Hefner. Hef recently tweeted two pictures of himself and Harris at the Playboy Mansion Halloween party, dressed as Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke... More »

Julianne Hough Wears Blackface For Halloween

Apologizes after costume is slammed on Twitter

(Newser) - Don't celebrities pay people to advise them against this sort of thing? Actress and dancer Julianne Hough has come under fire for dressing in blackface at a Halloween party last night. The 25-year-old Dancing With the Stars regular was dressed as the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from... More »

Petitioners to M&Ms: Ditch Those Artificial Dyes

They're linked to hyperactivity, says group

(Newser) - Just in time for Halloween: a Change.org petition calling for M&Ms to get rid of its artificial dyes—especially the yellow and red ones—in favor of natural coloring, reports the International Business Times . The group behind the petition, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says... More »

Man Sets Self on Fire in Cross-Burning 'Prank'

Why yes, it did happen in Florida

(Newser) - It's a Halloween display gone very wrong: Police in Palm Bay, Fla., say a 50-year-old man suffered second-degree burns over half of his body when he tried to set fire to a Halloween display involving a wooden cross, reports Florida Today . He didn't necessarily have sinister motives, though.... More »

Chris Brown Ripped Over Halloween Costume

Terrorist doesn't go over well; nor does Leann Rimes' Sandy

(Newser) - Chris Brown, that bastion of good judgement, is once again courting controversy. The singer attended a Halloween party thrown by Rihanna, but the latest Brown-Rihanna meeting isn't what has fans peeved—it's his costume choice. E! reports that Brown and four friends went as a posse of Arab-style... More »

Stampede Kills 3 Women at Madrid Halloween Party

Police suggest firecracker sparked stampede in crowded venue

(Newser) - A Halloween party went horribly wrong in Madrid last night, leaving three young women dead and two more in serious condition, reports El Pais . An exploding firecracker around 4am at a crowded electronic music party reportedly caused a stampede. Two women were found dead at the scene, while another died... More »

Shooting Erupts at USC Halloween Party

Argument between 2 men leads to gunfire

(Newser) - A crowded Halloween party at the University of Southern California took a truly scary turn early today, after a reported argument between two non-students escalated to a shooting. A rep for the university's department of public safety tells CNN that one of the men was critically wounded and three... More »

Chris Christie Cancels Halloween

Trick-or-treating canceled in many places, retail will take hit

(Newser) - Now that the worst of Hurricane Sandy is over, we can focus on some important questions like … what happens to Halloween? Don’t worry, Chris Christie is on it: He has now officially postponed Halloween until Monday, citing safety reasons, NJ 101.5 reports. “I can’t imagine... More »

Sandy Topples Old Oak, Unearths Skeleton

The bones are likely centuries old, experts say

(Newser) - When Hurricane Sandy blew through New Haven, Conn., she stirred up one of the gorier stories of the storm: A homeless woman was looking in the roots of a tree upended by Sandy and came across a human skull, reports the New Haven Independent . Police and a "death investigator"... More »

Hurricane Sandy Might Soak Halloween

Forecasts are split right now, but it could be a bad nor'easter

(Newser) - This much is clear: Hurricane Sandy is belting the Caribbean today, and it will start dousing southeastern Florida tomorrow. What happens after that is key: Computer models are split on whether Sandy turns out to sea or heads up the East Coast, report USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor... More »

Man Shoots Girl He Mistook for Skunk

She was wearing a black-and-white Halloween costume

(Newser) - A 9-year-old western Pennsylvania girl is in a hospital after being shot by a relative who thought she was a skunk. The little girl was outside a Halloween party wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel, the Beaver County Times reports. She was hit in... More »

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