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Halloween Chain Plans Caitlyn Jenner Costumes

'Worst idea we've heard all year'

(Newser) - In a move that a blogger at the Huffington Post calls "the worst idea we've heard all year," a Halloween retailer plans to sell Caitlyn Jenner costumes this year. In fact, Spirit Halloween is practically gushing about the idea to the Daily News : “Of course!”... More »

Man Proposes While Dressed as Michael Myers

This time the Halloween killer's victim was crying tears of happiness

(Newser) - You know you've found "the one" when he knows your idea of a perfect marriage proposal is to dress as a famous serial killer before getting down on one knee. The video of Los Angeles resident Alec Wells proposing to his girlfriend while dressed as Michael Myers, the... More »

Trick-or-Treater Given Bag of Crystal Meth

Parents find it among 8-year-old's candy

(Newser) - Checking out their 8-year-old daughter's Halloween candy, parents in the San Francisco Bay Area came upon something that definitely wasn't a Snickers. It was a .1-gram bag of crystal meth, police say. "This could have been intentional or it could have been accidental, and we won't... More »

Halloween Hit-and-Run Suspect Has DUI Record

Jaquinn Bell was driving on suspended license

(Newser) - The man accused of killing three 13-year-old girls in a Halloween hit-and-run should never have been behind the wheel. Court records show that Jaquinn Bell, who had his two teenage children in the car at the time of the incident, was driving on a suspended license and has violated probation... More »

Guy Dressed as Fox Reporter Attacked on Halloween

By Sean Kory, new candidate for 'hot mugshot man'

(Newser) - A guy dressed as a Fox News reporter on Halloween experienced the downside of media politics when a stranger allegedly attacked him, yelling, "I hate Fox News!" What's more, the Fox-hater may be a new candidate for "hot mugshot man." Police say the victim was... More »

Woman Loses Wedding Ring in Halloween Candy

Some trick-or-treater made off with a bit more than a Snickers bar

(Newser) - An Arizona woman is searching for her wedding ring after she says she accidentally gave it away with Halloween candy. KNXV-TV reports that Mesa resident Brooklin Yazzie says she mistakenly handed out the ring Friday during a mix-up. Yazzie says she placed her wedding ring in a candy jar while... More »

Driver Kills Twins, 3rd Girl, Out Trick-or-Treating

Police still looking for hit-and-run driver

(Newser) - Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection last night. The girls were in a crosswalk near an elementary school in Santa Ana when an SUV with two men inside hit them about 6:45pm, police and fire officials said.... More »

Frein Capture Saves Halloween For Local Kids

Trick-or-treating is back on, township says

(Newser) - With the capture of Eric Frein , US marshals haven't just taken a dangerous suspected cop-killer out of action, they've saved Halloween for hundreds of children. Authorities in Barrett Township in rural Pennsylvania, which canceled Halloween festivities when Frein was believed to be holed up in the area, say... More »

Zombie Woman Charged With DWI Twice in 3 Hours

Hello Kitty also had a rough night

(Newser) - Time for that annual rite of fall: People arrested in costume after apparently having a little too much fun at the Halloween party. Two early entrants:
  • Zombie: A 26-year-old woman dressed as a zombie in Gates, NY, got charged with DWI about 2am Saturday after driving without her headlights on,
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America Is Home to 96 Norman Bateses

Other popular horror-themed names: Michael Myers, Stephen King

(Newser) - If your real name happens to be Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, or Norman Bates, you probably really love Halloween or you really hate it. But at least you're not alone, according to the Whitepages directory service , which has compiled a list of the 13 most popular horror-themed names in... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Advertised Costumes for 'Fat Girls'

Company switches label to 'Women's Plus-Size'

(Newser) - Walmart is feeling the heat after Twitter users caught an alarming label on the company's website: It advertised plus-size Halloween outfits in a category dubbed "Fat Girl Costumes," Time reports. "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize," the... More »

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 »

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