Halloween

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School Staffers' Halloween Get-Up a 'Gross Display of Dehumanization'

Superintendent apologizes after staffers dressed as 'border wall' and in stereotypical Mexican garb

(Newser) - Halloween is over, but the controversy in one Idaho town isn't. NBC News reports that the superintendent for Middleton School District has issued an apology after photos were shared on social media of staffers at Heights Elementary School dressed up, as a group, as both stereotypical Mexicans—complete with... More »

Girls Dress as Columbine Shooters for Halloween

The two Kentucky high schoolers were suspended

(Newser) - Two Kentucky high school students who dressed as the Columbine High School shooters for Halloween have been suspended. WHAS-TV reports the Adair County High School students went to school Wednesday wearing the costumes. The girls' outfits resembled the clothes 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold wore when they killed... More »

Woman's Costume Sends Her to Emergency Dentist

Woman is warning others not to use the glue that comes with fake teeth

(Newser) - Anna Tew certainly had a scary Halloween experience, though not in the way you might think. The Mobile, Ala., woman bought a $3 pair of fake fangs to complete her zombie costume, and she applied them to her teeth using the glue that was included. Little did she know the... More »

Olympian Is 'So Sorry' About His Halloween Costume

Shaun White dressed as a disabled character from 'Tropic Thunder'

(Newser) - Shaun White knows how to snowboard—but dress up for Halloween? Not so much, it seems. The three-time winner of Olympic gold went out this weekend as Simple Jack, the disabled character from the movie Tropic Thunder, and promptly issued an apology Monday, People reports. "I owe everyone in... More »

7-Year-Old Convinces Town to Change Name for Halloween

Welcome to Hauntington, NY

(Newser) - A Long Island town is changing its name to "Hauntington" for Halloween at the urging of a 7-year-old resident, the AP reports. Newsday reports second grader Angelica Dee Cunningham was all smiles when she learned Huntington was making the one-day switch Wednesday. The town council unanimously approved the switch... More »

Halloween Notches Another Win

Jamie Lee Curtis and Co. pull in $32M, again taking the weekend crown

(Newser) - Michael Meyers and Jamie Lee Curtis can't be stopped . Halloween has topped the box office for the second straight weekend , carving up $32 million in ticket sales. The top three films were all unchanged at the North American box office, as Hollywood left Halloween to dominate the pre-trick-or-treating weekend.... More »

CDC: Go Ahead, Dress Your Chickens for Halloween

This is an actual government press release

(Newser) - If you want to dress your chicken up for Halloween, the CDC wants you to know that it's just fine with you letting your avian freak flag fly, reports KUTV . In an actual news release meant to soothe those whose Halloween plans were thrown into emotional upheaval, the government... More »

Thousands Want to Change Halloween's Date

Why not celebrate on a Saturday instead?

(Newser) - There's a (very) small movement underway to separate Halloween from Oct. 31. The Halloween & Costume Organization has launched a Change.org petition in support of moving the spooky holiday to the last Saturday in October, with some 7,400 people currently on board. Halloween, or "All Hallows'... More »

Company Yanks Costume With Controversial 'Dead' Name

Costume Agent's get-up was a sendup of Caitlyn Jenner—adding 'Bruce' didn't help

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly did a segment on controversial Halloween costumes earlier this week that got her into a bit of trouble , but there was one get-up she didn't cover. A first glance at the fake Olympic decathlete jersey, running shorts, and gold medals from vendor Costume Agent doesn't reveal... More »

Mayor Has Controversial Plan for Sex Offenders on Halloween

25 to 30 parolees to be watched at city hall in Grovetown, Ga.

(Newser) - Paroled sex offenders won't have the chance to encounter trick-or-treaters in Grovetown, Ga., this Halloween. That's because Mayor Gary E. Jones plans to round them up. Jones this week revealed his plan to keep 25 to 30 local paroled sex offenders under the watchful eyes of five law... More »

Megyn Kelly's Colleagues Publicly Blast Her Comments

She addresses her Tuesday remarks about blackface on Wednesday's show

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly apologized to her colleagues on Tuesday for the comments she made about blackface during a Megyn Kelly Today segment on Halloween costumes. On Wednesday, she apologized to everybody else. She opened her show with the following (video here ): "I want to begin with two words, I'... More »

Megyn Kelly Apologizes to Colleagues for Blackface Comments

Not everyone was down with the 'Megyn Kelly Today' host's thoughts on Halloween

(Newser) - While at Fox News in 2013, Megyn Kelly got slammed for saying Santa "just is white." Another network, another holiday, another controversy: During a segment on controversial Halloween costumes during her NBC show on Tuesday, Kelly brought up the subject of wearing blackface on Halloween and whether doing... More »

Halloween Keeps Killing at the Box Office

The sequel has scared up $77.5M in ticket sales

(Newser) - Forty years after he first appeared in theaters, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences for a good scare. Universal Pictures said Sunday that Halloween took in an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters. It captured first place at the box office with the second-highest... More »

Halloween Is a 'Killer of a Movie' Thanks to Curtis

She's 'moving' in her return as Laurie Strode

(Newser) - Four decades after she first encountered Michael Myers, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) meets the killer for what is said to be the final time in David Gordon Green's Halloween , a follow-up to John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic that overrides all the other sequels that have come before.... More »

Burger King's 'Nightmare' Is Appropriately Named

It's 'clinically proven to induce nightmares'

(Newser) - The "Nightmare King" isn't just a seasonal name thrown on Burger King's latest burger. The quarter-pound beef burger topped with chicken, cheese, bacon, onions, and mayo, on a green sesame seed bun, is "clinically proven to induce nightmares," according to the burger chain. A new... More »

In This City, 13-Year-Old Trick-or-Treaters Risk Jail

But Chesapeake, Va., won't be 'actively seeking out' offenders

(Newser) - The trick-or-treating fun ends the moment a child living in Chesapeake, Va., turns 13. At that age, kids going door to door for candy on Halloween "shall be guilty of a misdemeanor" and punished with a fine less than $100 "or by confinement in jail for not more... More »

Real Knife, Real Horror at Nashville Haunted House

Victim stabbed by friend with blade mistaken for prop

(Newser) - Halloween is James Yochim's favorite time of year: "I get really excited about going to haunted houses." His Friday night at Nashville Nightmare in Madison—a sprawling attraction with four haunted houses, an escape room, and scary cast members running around with fake weapons—might dull the... More »

Urban Outfitters 'Jumps the Shark' With Halloween Costume

The social media 'influencer' outfit comes with leggings and a pseudo-sports bra and costs $59

(Newser) - Paying $59 for "a package of crap" is how the Verge describes the experience of buying Urban Outfitters' newest Halloween costume . The good news, though, if you pony up the cash for a pair of grayish leggings and "sports bra" (really a very short crop top with zero... More »

Six Flags Offers Macabre Challenge, With a $300 Prize

If you can tough it out in a coffin for 30 hours, your wallet could get a cash infusion

(Newser) - If you've been dying to take a 30-hour nap in a coffin and wouldn't mind getting $300 at the end of your repose, Six Flags St. Louis has just the Halloween-themed happening for you. Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , that's how much the theme park is offering... More »

Handmaid's Tale Costume Great for Protests, Not for Halloween

At least not the sexy version of it that just got Yandy into hot water

(Newser) - Halloween costumes based on popular TV shows usually do well their first year out, but one new getup was nixed before the first pumpkin was carved. The Daily Dot reports Yandy.com, a retail site known for its sexy costumes, yanked one based on the Hulu series The Handmaid's ... More »

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