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Couple's Victorian 'Costumes' Get Them Booted From Garden

It's just our everyday dress, says Sarah Chrisman

(Newser) - She favors frilly frocks and corsets, while he opts for plaid waistcoats accented with a gold chain. Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman are living memorials to a bygone time, dressing in Victorian-era garb and stocking their vittles in an icebox at their home in Port Townsend, Wash. But when the quirky... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Boys Dressed as Women Told to Change or Leave School

Even though they'd been told to wear celebrity costumes

(Newser) - A school in Washington state asked students to dress up as celebrities—but after two boys arrived dressed as Miss America and Nikki Minaj, they were urged to ditch the costumes or leave, King 5 reports. "If they really wanted Spirit Week, why punish somebody for being spirited?" asks... 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 »

Times Square's Elmos, Batmans May Unionize

They seek better treatment amid boost in police activity

(Newser) - Elmo, Batman, and Hello Kitty joining forces? Sounds like the plot of the next Avengers movie, but it's actually an effort by Times Square's costumed characters to improve their working conditions. The people inside the costumes tell the New York Daily News that things have gotten harder since... 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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Scotland's New Hero Is Man in Giraffe Suit

Armstrong Baillie does good deeds around country; got idea 'on the loo'

(Newser) - While sitting on the toilet, a jobless Scottish man had an idea: Why not dress as a giraffe and do good deeds for people? Now, Armstrong Baillie has developed a reputation as the Good Giraffe, and as said animal he's done kindnesses like cleaning beaches, giving runners bananas, and... 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 »

'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 »

Racist, Sexist Halloween Costumes Come Under Fire

Two groups are fighting back

(Newser) - Before you don your Halloween costume tomorrow, consider this: Is it offensive? Two groups are fighting back against costumes they consider racist or sexist:
  • Ohio University's Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) created a campaign with the headline, "We’re a culture, not a costume." Students
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10 Really Relevant Halloween Costumes

Want people to talk about your outfit? Start here

(Newser) - Why dress up as a maid or a construction worker when you can instead construct a Halloween costume that’s relevant to our times? Time offers up a list of ideas, complete with instructions:
  • Pregnant Beyonce: Grab yourself a fake baby bump (unless, of course, you’re already pregnant) and
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Cow Scores New Stadium's 1st Goal

Fan milks spotlight, beats players to the kick at Kansas City's new MLS stadium

(Newser) - It might say something about the pace of soccer when a cow scores first. Late in the debut match at Kansas City's brand-new MLS stadium, a fan in a cow costume rushed the field with a ball and kicked in the first unofficial goal at Livestrong Sporting Park, reports... More »

Teen Suspended for Bringing Horse to School

Superintendent praises creativity, but no animals allowed on school grounds

(Newser) - Good idea: Dressing up as a knight to celebrate your school’s spirit week. Bad idea: Riding an actual horse to school as part of the costume. Dan DePaolis, 17, was suspended from his Massachusetts high school when school officials found him in the parking lot on the horse; a... More »

Finally, Victoria's Secret Halloween Costumes

Now you actually can wear lingerie for Halloween!

(Newser) - In the world of Victoria’s Secret, Halloween costumes aren’t called Halloween costumes: They’re called “Sexy Little Fantasies.” The lingerie giant launched the costume line this year, and, not surprisingly, there are absolutely no un-sexy offerings—so if you were hoping to dress up as the... More »

Wonder Woman Gets New Look (With Pants!)

DC reboots iconic character

(Newser) - Wonder Woman's days of looking like a patriotic stripper are over. DC Comics will reboot its iconic character this week in Wonder Woman #600, the company announced last night. She'll get a new backstory, and with it a costume that new writer J. Michael Stracynski says will be modern and... More »

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