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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 »

Bad Idea: Soldier's Suicide Bomber Costume

Did not go over well at Fort Bragg

(Newser) - Halloween and bad decision-making go together like chocolate and more chocolate, but it takes a certain and utter suspension of common sense to dress up like a suicide bomber—complete with an explosives vest, because why do things in half measures?—and try to get inside a United States military... More »

Night at the Catacombs: Guy Spends Creepiest Halloween

Sleeping with 6M dead people? You might want to bring mom

(Newser) - This Halloween, two brave souls got the dubious honor of waking up among 6 million dead bodies in Paris' creepy Catacombs. Brazilian Pedro Arruda, 27, said he wasn't sure if he was lucky or unlucky when he found out he had won a contest sponsored by Airbnb to spend... More »

Car Plows Into NYC Trick-or-Treaters, Kills 3

Halloween turns horrific in Bronx neighborhood

(Newser) - A street full of trick-or-treaters turned into a Halloween horror scene when an out-of-control car jumped a curb and careened into a group of costumed revelers, killing three people, including a 10-year-old girl and her grandfather. The crash injured three other trick-or-treaters, along with the driver, police said. Witnesses described... More »

'Halloween' Space Rock Is a Dead Comet

Approaching 'space zombie' looks like a skull

(Newser) - The "Halloween asteroid" set to make its closest approach to Earth today has turned out to be something spookier: a dead comet. Scientist say object 2015 TB145 looked like an asteroid when it was first spotted a few weeks ago. but closer inspection suggests that it is a comet... More »

Meet 'the Man Who Killed Halloween'

In 1974, Ronald O'Bryan poisoned his 8-year-old son with cyanide-laced candy

(Newser) - He became known among fellow inmates as the "Candyman," but in Houston, Ronald O'Bryan is recalled as "the man who killed Halloween." The Houston Chronicle revisits the story of the father of two, who on the rainy Halloween of 1974 left his horrifying mark on... More »

Giant Inflatable Pumpkin Escapes, Terrorizes Phoenix

Giant gourd broke free from its restraints, wreaking havoc on city streets

(Newser) - It's the Great Untethered Pumpkin, Arizona! Halloween tricks came early for some drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix area Thursday when a giant inflatable pumpkin bounded down the roadway in high winds. The 25-foot-tall, 350-pound pumpkin escaped from its display promoting the Peoria Sports Complex's Monster Bash, sailing... More »

Kid Bites Into Halloween Candy, Finds Razor Blade

Police say it was hidden inside a Snickers bar

(Newser) - It's not just an urban legend: Someone apparently does hide razor blades in Halloween candy, as a child in Ohio can now attest. A group of trick-or-treaters were splitting up their haul after a night out in Reynoldsburg on Thursday when a child bit into a bite-sized Snickers, police... More »

After Violence, Venue Change, Jack-o-Lantern Fest Fizzles

New Hampshire's onetime record-breaking festival hits less than a third its goal

(Newser) - A pumpkin festival failed to scare up a world record for jack-o-lanterns. The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia was trying to break the record of more than 30,500 lit jack-o-lanterns. It came up far short Saturday, with only 9,567 pumpkins. The festival was previously held in Keene.... More »

'Spooky' Asteroid Will Be Very Close on Halloween

It's moving very fast in an 'eccentric' orbit

(Newser) - In what sounds like the setup to a sci-fi horror movie, an asteroid deemed "extremely eccentric" by NASA and "strikingly spooky" by Discovery will be very close to Earth on Halloween. NASA says the asteroid, 2015 TB145, is up to 1,542 feet in diameter and will be... More »

Halloween Is 'Night of Horrors' ... for Sex Offenders: Lawsuit

Calif. complaint says child-safety program violates predators' rights

(Newser) - "For them, Halloween truly is a night of horrors," says an activist and attorney who's filed a lawsuit in California. The horror Janice Bellucci is fighting: that of a Chula Vista sex offender whose rights she says are being violated by having to participate in a statewide... More »

Airbnb Halloween Offer: Sleep in 'World's Biggest Grave'

Contest winner gets a night in Paris catacombs

(Newser) - If your idea of a perfect Halloween involves spending the night with 6 million dead people, Airbnb has just the thing. It's offering up a free night in the Catacombs of Paris on Oct. 31 to the person who submits the best essay here . The winner will get a... More »

Woman's Halloween Decor Gets Cops Called to House

3 days in a row

(Newser) - A dummy placed face down in a Detroit woman's front yard as a Halloween prank has prompted repeated visits by police. Larethia Haddon says police showed up Tuesday, the first day she put the dummy out. Officer Jennifer Moreno tells the Detroit News that officers arrived again Wednesday and... More »

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 »

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