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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 »

This Year's Hot Halloween Costume Is ... Big Bird

Go ahead, try to find one in stock

(Newser) - Maybe "Pending Larry" can make a late charge, but right now it looks like Big Bird is going to win this year's crown of hottest Halloween costume. USA Today surveys costumer sellers across the country and gets the same response over and over: Any Big Bird costumes they... More »

Sex Offenders Sue Over Law Prohibiting Halloween Decor

They say it violates their free-speech rights

(Newser) - A California city cracked down on sex offenders' Halloween celebrations last month, passing a law prohibiting those convicted of sex crimes from decorating for the holiday or passing out candy at their homes. Now Simi Valley is getting sued by five registered sex offenders and some of their wives and... More »

Did White House Hide Lavish Costume Bash?

Nope, says spokesman: event reports, pics are online

(Newser) - At the nadir of the economic crisis, the Obama White House held a lavish Alice in Wonderland-themed Halloween costume party, organized by Johnny Depp and Tim Burton and full of Star Wars character. But with unemployment at 10%, the Tea Party at its apex, and the economic downturn still rocking... More »

'Human Slinky' Costume on Sale for $1M

If you can afford it, it may get you an appearance on Letterman...

(Newser) - The Daily Mail may have just uncovered the world’s most expensive Halloween costume: Behold the “Human Slinky,” which you can buy right now on eBay … provided you have $1 million. But hey, at least the shipping is free! The costume, apparently made famous in some circles... More »

US Drops Record-Busting $2.3B on Halloween Candy

But how long will all this sweet stuff last?

(Newser) - By the time trick-or-treating ends tonight, Americans will have spent a record-breaking $2.3 billion on this year's Halloween candy, according to the National Confectioner's Association. Much like costume sales , candy sales appear to be impervious to the poor economic climate: LiveScience reports that they keep rising 1%... More »

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