Halloween

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Teacher's Halloween Get-Up Gets Him Put on Leave

Unidentified instructor raps while in blackface in class at California high school

(Newser) - A California high school teacher is on administrative leave following the "inappropriate, unprofessional, and insensitive" decision to wear blackface for Halloween. A student posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing the Milpitas High School teacher in blackface at the front of a classroom while dressed as rapper Common,... More »

Trick-or-Treat Stroll Turns Deadly for Family of 3

Southern California community mourns tragic deaths of mom, dad, and 3-year-old in alleged DUI

(Newser) - A Halloween accident has left a family of three dead and a 20-year-old California man accused of driving drunk and killing them. CBS Los Angeles reports that Joseph Awaida, 30, his 32-year-old wife, Raihan Dakhil, and their 3-year-old son, Omar, were walking home from an aunt's house while trick-or-treating... More »

Boy, 15, Charged in Shooting of Trick-or-Treater, 7

Girl in bumblebee costume thought to have gotten caught up in gang crossfire

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy was charged Friday night with attempted murder in the suspected gang-related shooting of two people on Chicago's West Side, including a 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume when she was shot in the neck and critically injured. The shooting Thursday night was another grim... More »

Airbnb Boss Reacts to Party That Left 5 People Dead

'We must do better, and we will,' tweets Brian Chesky

(Newser) - Airbnb's CEO said the company was taking actions against unauthorized parties in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Halloween party held at an Airbnb rental home in California, the AP reports. In a series of tweets , Brian Chesky said Saturday the San Francisco-based company is expanding manual... More »

Fugitive Surrenders After 'Awesome' Mugshot Edit

Brandon Conti only needed a costume

(Newser) - Every Wednesday, Illinois' Kankakee County Sheriff's Office posts a photo of a fugitive on Facebook. But it's not every "Warrant Wednesday" that the person pictured responds. "I'm appalled ... Where's my costume?” Brandon Conti commented on this week's post, which showed his own mugshot,... More »

Carrie Costume Fools Cops: They 'Thought I Was Dead'

'HAHAHAHA IM SO SORRY' adds Sidney Wolfe

(Newser) - Her car was totalled, but Sidney Wolfe walked away with only a bruised leg after a run-in with a deer last week in Ohio. Still, "everyone who was a first responder thought I was dead." That's because the 20-year-old Ohio woman, who appears in a Marshall University... More »

Girl, 7, Shot in Chest While Trick-or-Treating

Chicago girl was walking down a street with her family

(Newser) - A 7-year-old Chicago girl who went out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee outfit ended up fighting for her life in Stroger Hospital. Police say the girl was with family members and other trick-or-treaters on a sidewalk in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side around 5:30pm when she was... More »

On Halloween, Hong Kong Protesters Tested Mask Ban

Police fired tear gas in nightlife district

(Newser) - Police and protesters engaged in a standoff in Hong Kong's nightlife district on Thursday after pro-democracy demonstrators urged people to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks in defiance of a government ban on face coverings. Riot police pushed people back slowly from the Lan Kwai Fong area of bars, clubs,... More »

Judge to Sheriff: You Can't Put Signs in Sex Offenders' Yards

Gary Long wanted to keep trick-or-treaters away from certain homes on Halloween

(Newser) - A wrench has been thrown in a Georgia official's plan to keep kids away from sex offenders on Halloween. CNN reports that US District Court Judge Marc Treadwell issued a preliminary injunction for three plaintiffs who objected to Butts County Sheriff Gary Long's decision to place signs in... More »

10 States Whose Most Popular Halloween Candy Is Odd

3 states prefer ...saltwater taffy?

(Newser) - It's no surprise that various regions around the US have different preferences when it comes to Halloween candy. What is surprising is that the most popular seasonal confections in certain states are, well, not typical. CBS News reports on a new interactive map by Candy.com , based on 12... More »

He Was Ready to Place His Order. Then He Saw 'Disgusting' Decor

Erik Pocock says McDonald's Halloween stickers showed hanging that resembled lynching

(Newser) - A McDonald's in Massachusetts has put out an apology after catching flak for gruesome Halloween decor that some say looked uncomfortably like a lynching. Today reports on customer Erik Pocock's visit to a North Andover restaurant on Oct. 22, where he spotted a set of seasonal stickers depicting... More »

Sun Gets in Halloween Spirit

NASA shares image of it looking like a jack-o-lantern

(Newser) - Three days until Halloween, and NASA is reminding everyone by sharing an image of the sun doing its best impression of a jack-o-lantern. The space agency shared the image, taken Oct. 8 by its Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite, on Sunday, reports Fox News . "Even our star celebrates the spooky... More »

Mom Makes Scary Find in Child's Halloween Bag

New Jersey police issue a warning after trunk or treat event

(Newser) - A New Jersey parent was just a little surprised to look through her child's Halloween-event haul and find what looked like heroin. "I looked at it twice and I said, 'Wait, this is not candy,'" she tells WPVI . Seems the plastic baggie with a paper... More »

Kmart Pulls Costume From Shelves

Chain apologizes after petition over child bride costume tops 500 signatures

(Newser) - Attention, Kmart shoppers: The child "Bride Costume" will no longer be available in Australia after a petition accused the store of supporting child marriage, People reports. "Tell Kmart this is beyond inappropriate and offensive and that they have a social responsibility to pull this item off their shelves... More »

Watch 13 Stephen King Movies, Collect $1,300

USDish has an unusual offer for one person

(Newser) - It's a publicity stunt, but those who binge on horror flicks in the lead-up to Halloween might be interested. USDish will pay one person $1,300 to watch 13 Stephen King movies by Oct. 31 and log details about the experience, reports CBS News . The company will provide a... More »

65K Sign Petition to Change Date of Halloween

They ask Trump to shift it to last Saturday in October

(Newser) - It's late July, and a surprising number of people have Halloween on their minds. A petition asking President Trump to change the date of Halloween from Oct. 31 to the last Saturday in October, which falls on Oct. 26 this year, is gathering steam and now has more than... More »

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 »

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