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October 31, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Matt Lauer single-handedly turned NBC's "Today" into a vortex of Halloween gender confusion Thursday when he unveiled his chosen costume, that of "Baywatch" vixen Pamela Anderson. Sporting a blond wig, the striking red "Baywatch" one-piece and even more striking cleavage, Lauer showed some leg as he did the classic "Baywatch" slo-mo sprint across the plaza. Not to be outdone, co-anchor Willie Geist showed up as the Hoff, David Hasselhoff, complete with bared and quite hairy chest.
October 31, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Ghosts: the stuff of scary Halloween stories and costumes? Not all Americans think so. Nearly one in five Americans said they have seen or been around a ghost, the Pew Research Center found in  a survey four years ago . That's twice as many as in earlier polls by Gallup, which found only 9% of Americans thought they had encountered a ghost in 1990 and 1996.  Even more Americans -- 29% -- told Pew they felt they had been in touch with...
October 31, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Naughty Nurse has some competition this Halloween. The YouTube video "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" from the Norwegian comedic duo Ylvis has gone from viral video to cultural phenom, ranking among this year's most popular Halloween costumes, according to one online retailer. "The fox sold out almost immediately," said Marlon Heimerl, a spokesman for in North Mankato, Minn. "Normally, that's not a huge seller. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Halloween costumes often reflect what's happening in the zeitgeist.
October 31, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The New Orleans Pelicans have unveiled their new mascot. His name is “Pierre the Pelican,” but some critics think he resembles a feathered version of "Chucky. " Pierre replaces sweet "Hugo The Hornet" following the NBA team's name change in April. Pierre has a freakishly large red beak that's wide open as if he's about to eat you and his eyes seem slightly crazed. Here's some reaction around Twitter to Pierre.     The Pelicans mascot looks like a cross between Howard the Duck and the clowns from Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
October 31, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Is wearing a kimono as a Halloween costume offensive ? Pottery Barn withdrew two costumes it had marketed - a kimono and sushi chef - after objections from Asian American groups. It's related to a larger campaign against ethnic costuming that was started by Ohio University students several years ago, using the motto "We're a culture, not a costume” and advising people who would buy outfits such as kimonos or sombreros,  "You wear the costume for one night. I wear the stigma for life.
October 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tom Brady is the only NFL player who could get away with this. Seriously, can you think of anyone else who has the guts to wear a "Wizard of Oz" Cowardly Lion costume for Halloween? Out in public for all to see, photograph and post on Instagram? And you know no one is going to give the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the New England Patriots a hard time about it. Well, maybe Randy Moss, but do you think Brady cares what he thinks anymore? Or ever did? But you can be sure that broadcasters are going to continue to say his name -- first and last every time, of course -- with the same amount of love and respect that no other player receives.
October 30, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Glamour has been rolling out this year's roster of Women of the Year a few at a time. We know Lady Gaga is on the cover of the issue, which is to be on newsstands Nov. 5. And we know some of the other choices are Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, models Christy Turlington Burns and Liya Kebede and Net-a-porter-founder Natalie Massenet. A sampling of others on the list include Barbra Streisand, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Giffords and Melinda Gates. But today we're taking note of Tony- and Oscar-winning designer Catherine Martin.
October 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Julianne Hough put her worst face forward Friday night, knotting up her blond locks and donning blackface for her Halloween costume, the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from "Orange Is the New Black. " On Saturday, she apologized. The gaffe went down at the Casamigos Tequila Halloween party in Los Angeles, where Hough, 25, and pals went as orange-clad characters from the Netflix original series set in a women's prison. In addition to the blackface, Hough darkened her hair and eyebrows, E!
October 28, 2013 | By Anh Do
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive. The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website. "We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize," said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
October 28, 2013 | Roxane Gay, Guest blogger
Every Halloween, people take the opportunity to step out of their lives and into a playful realm where they can dress up as anything they can imagine: make-believe for adults. Halloween is the one time of year largely free from judgment. Women can go as a sexy [insert object or occupation]. Men can dress in drag. Couples can indulge in the saccharine sweetness of matching costumes. But then there are the people who choose to spend Halloween as someone of a different race. They use blackface, brown face, yellow face or red face to bring just the right amount of authenticity to their look.
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