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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Linthicum
An investigation into how a man burned to death at West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival has confirmed witness statements that he accidentally set himself ablaze while lighting a cigarette, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced. Video from the event shows Gilbert Estrada, 51, engulfed in flames while some festival-goers continued to dance to electronic music and cheer. A department investigation revealed Estrada “attempted to light some type of cigarette and accidentally caught his costume on fire,” according to a statement released Thursday.
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NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A Virginia mother whose son dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan for Halloween said she sees nothing wrong with the costume. In fact, it's something of a family tradition. Jessica Black is defending her 7-year-old son's costume, telling local television station WHSV that her brother also dressed as a Klansman "when he was in kindergarten and when he was 13. " She said the outfit was her son's idea. He told WHSV he saw the costume in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes. " Black said she warned her son that "there's going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it," but she thinks there's nothing wrong with the KKK. "It's supposed to be white with white.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It turns out we can thank Patrick Stewart's wife for the seemingly unending stream of joy that comes from the "X-Men" star's Twitter feed. The actor appeared on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Thursday and Jon couldn't wait to show the photo Patrick posted around Halloween time showing the former "Star Trek" star in a full lobster costume reclining in a bathtub. It turns out the costume was purchased by Patrick's wife, jazz singer Sunny Ozell. And it was definitely presented to him against his wishes.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, there was no gun, no violence, no shots fired, no victims, no angry manifesto -- just a massive police response and a big campus scare at Central Connecticut State University, all prompted by a student's Halloween costume on Monday. Senior David Kyem, 21, the son of a professor at the New Britain school just southwest of Hartford, apologized for the confusion, and said he was wearing his costume because he couldn't fit all of it into his backpack. He was dressed as Snake Eyes from the "G.I.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The man who was walking through a Central Connecticut State University campus while possibly carrying weapons might have actually been in a Halloween costume, the campus police chief said Monday. Three college-aged men were taken into custody but not formally arrested after police received calls of an armed man on the New Britain campus early Monday afternoon, chief Chris Cervoni said at a news conference held shortly after officials ended a campus lockdown. No shots were reported fired, and no one was hurt.
ENTERTAINMENT
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!
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
A lot of TV anchors got in the Halloween spirit Thursday, from George Stephanopoulos as an astronaut on "Good Morning America," to Kelly Ripa twerking through the morning as Miley Cyrus. But no one did more to make TV viewers feel awkward than Matt Lauer on "Today," bounding around with the plentiful cleavage of Pamela Anderson from her "Baywatch" years. And Stephen Colbert couldn't let it pass without comment. Colbert referred to the onslaught of news anchors in costume as part of the "War on Halloween.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Former "Gossip Girl" Blake Lively is the newest celebrity face for L'Oreal. [Vogue UK] The teddy bear get-up Miley Cyrus wore to perform at the VMAs may end up being this year's most popular Halloween costume -- even Paris Hilton wore it to a party over the weekend. But Cyrus has a different idea: She tweeted a "Happy Halloween" photo of herself dressed in a replica of the skimpy outfit 'il Kim wore to the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999. [People] French fashion house Chloe hosted a dinner and fashion show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, with guests including Zoe Saldana, January Jones, Nicole Richie and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Booth Moore reports.
SPORTS
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.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, there was no gun, no violence, no shots fired, no victims, no angry manifesto -- just a massive police response and a big campus scare at Central Connecticut State University, all prompted by a student's Halloween costume on Monday. Senior David Kyem, 21, the son of a professor at the New Britain school just southwest of Hartford, apologized for the confusion, and said he was wearing his costume because he couldn't fit all of it into his backpack. He was dressed as Snake Eyes from the "G.I.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Festival-goers can be seen on a video dancing to electronic music and cheering as a man becomes engulfed in flames during West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival. Gilbert Estrada, 51, later died. The video posted on YouTube shows him lying unresponsive after the fire was extinguished. Detectives say it appears Estrada may have accidentally started the fire while trying to light a cigarette. As Estrada flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others help put out the flames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A detective investigating the gruesome burning death of a man on Halloween night said Monday that it appears the man may have accidentally started the fire himself while trying to light a cigarette. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Richard Biddle, a bystander recounted seeing the victim, Gilbert Estrada, accidentally ignite the hood of his Halloween costume with a cigarette lighter. When Estrada pulled the hood off his head, the flames spread to his back, eventually engulfing his whole body, the bystander said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Samantha Schaefer
A detective investigating the fatal burning of a man at a crowded Halloween carnival said the victim may have accidentally set his costume on fire while trying to light a cigarette. A video of the incident posted on YouTube shows a man engulfed in flames in the middle of a crowd of people dancing to electronic music at the carnival Thursday night in West Hollywood. As the man flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others helped put out the flames. Detectives initially thought foul play might have been involved.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The man who was walking through a Central Connecticut State University campus while possibly carrying weapons might have actually been in a Halloween costume, the campus police chief said Monday. Three college-aged men were taken into custody but not formally arrested after police received calls of an armed man on the New Britain campus early Monday afternoon, chief Chris Cervoni said at a news conference held shortly after officials ended a campus lockdown. No shots were reported fired, and no one was hurt.
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A Virginia mother whose son dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan for Halloween said she sees nothing wrong with the costume. In fact, it's something of a family tradition. Jessica Black is defending her 7-year-old son's costume, telling local television station WHSV that her brother also dressed as a Klansman "when he was in kindergarten and when he was 13. " She said the outfit was her son's idea. He told WHSV he saw the costume in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes. " Black said she warned her son that "there's going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it," but she thinks there's nothing wrong with the KKK. "It's supposed to be white with white.
NATIONAL
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Heidi Klum does nothing if not display abundant self-confidence every Halloween: This year's costume saw the supermodel decades in the future as a completely believable, Hollywood-makeup-assisted old lady. Who's afraid of aging, right? Or maybe it's her scariest costume ever! Klum posted shots of her transformation throughout the day on her Twitter feed, including makeup artists Bill Corso and Mike Marino applying her facial prosthetics and the end result of gaining raised varicose veins on her legs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Heidi Klum does nothing if not display abundant self-confidence every Halloween: This year's costume saw the supermodel decades in the future as a completely believable, Hollywood-makeup-assisted old lady. Who's afraid of aging, right? Or maybe it's her scariest costume ever! Klum posted shots of her transformation throughout the day on her Twitter feed, including makeup artists Bill Corso and Mike Marino applying her facial prosthetics and the end result of gaining raised varicose veins on her legs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
A lot of TV anchors got in the Halloween spirit Thursday, from George Stephanopoulos as an astronaut on "Good Morning America," to Kelly Ripa twerking through the morning as Miley Cyrus. But no one did more to make TV viewers feel awkward than Matt Lauer on "Today," bounding around with the plentiful cleavage of Pamela Anderson from her "Baywatch" years. And Stephen Colbert couldn't let it pass without comment. Colbert referred to the onslaught of news anchors in costume as part of the "War on Halloween.
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