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Schitt's Creek Actor is Sorry for Halloween Costume

Emily Hampshire and a friend dressed up as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

(Newser) - Schitt's Creek actor Emily Hampshire has apologized for what she says is "one of the most thoughtless, insensitive, and ignorant things" she has ever done. In photos posted on Instagram, the Canadian actor dressed as Johnny Depp and a friend dressed as Amber Heard. They wore outfits Depp...

Cops: Man Pointed Gun at Boy, 6 on His Porch

Kids had left Halloween goody bag at wrong house

(Newser) - A Long Island man who allegedly pointed a gun at the head of a 6-year-old boy in front of his home Saturday evening has been charged with menacing and endangering the welfare of a child—but his lawyer says it's all a misunderstanding. Police say a woman drove her...

Here Are the 10 Best Horror Movies Ever

Be prepared to scream (or at least hide under the covers)

(Newser) - In between those Halloween calisthenics of jumping up from the sofa to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, you might want to squeeze in a horror flick or two to get into the holiday spirit. Time Out has some recommendations, thanks to its writers and "horror experts" who compiled a...

Some Towns Put an Age Limit on Trick-or-Treating

But Chesapeake no longer threatens jail time for under-12s

(Newser) - Halloween is almost here, and the debate is here again: How old is too old to go trick-or-treating? While it's generally agreed that nobody should still be asking door-to-door for candy when they hit their 20s, there's no consensus on the cut-off point for teenagers, NPR reports. Some...

Two Scientific Words Explain Fascination With Horror

'Predator inspection' serves an evolutionary purpose, according to 'Scientific American'

(Newser) - Halloween season is in full swing, with people subjecting themselves to haunted houses, scary movies, and ghoulish costumes. And why? Not to take all the fun out of the festivities, but two researchers in Scientific American have two words to explain this fascination with—and even embrace of—horror: predator...

These Are the Spookiest Cities in America

New York ascends to the top of WalletHub's rankings for where Halloween is king

(Newser) - Ready to get your ghoul on? Halloween is on Tuesday, and people across the nation are prepping their costumes, breaking out the candy bowls, and cueing up "Monster Mash" for when trick-or-treaters arrive. If you're wondering which places really know how to get into the spooky spirit, WalletHub...

'It Doesn't Make Sense to Me to Spend $100 on Candy'

Ahead of Halloween trick-or-treaters, inflation for gum, other sweet treats reaches double digits

(Newser) - Spooked by the high price of Halloween candy? There's not much relief in sight. For the second year in a row, US shoppers are seeing double-digit inflation in the candy aisle. Candy and gum prices are up an average of 13% this month compared to last October, more than...

Man Saving Moose From Halloween Decor Goes Viral

After human helps it get untangled from decorations in BC, moose gives him a friendly lick

(Newser) - Halloween proved especially frightening for one Canadian moose over the weekend, or at least one family's Halloween decorations did. The CBC reports that Shaydon Soucy was driving with his wife Saturday to visit a friend in the British Columbia city of Fort St. John when they spotted something odd...

Priest Apologizes for Destroying Pumpkins

In an open letter, Czech cleric admits he stomped on 'satanic' symbols

(Newser) - The Rev. Jaromir Smejkal said that he wouldn't have done it if he'd known the pumpkins were carved by the children of his Czech village, but that he has a duty to protect families from "hidden evil." So the parish priest at St John the Baptist...

Striking Actors Have Strict Rules on Halloween Costumes

SAG-AFTRA issues its 'dos and don'ts' for thespians on the picket line

(Newser) - If you had your Halloween costume picked out months ago, kudos to you for preplanning. If you had your Halloween costume picked out months ago, and you're an actor currently on the picket line, you might want to double-check if you're actually allowed to wear it. SAG-AFTRA has...

Beverly Hills Targets Young Vandals Prepping for Halloween

City bans those under 21 from possessing shaving cream, Silly String on Oct. 31

(Newser) - Beverly Hills has placed a ban on young people possessing everyday products abused by vandals in an effort to create a "safe, family-friendly environment" on Halloween. The city council voted 5-0 Tuesday to ban people under the age of 21 from possessing Silly String, shaving cream or gel, and...

'No-Boo' Necklace at Horror Attraction Gets Booed

Preview of the 50th anniversary edition of Knott's Scary Farm was met with cheers, too

(Newser) - Each fall, California theme park Knott's Berry Farm transforms into Knott's Scary Farm for its beloved Halloween event. It's so beloved that hundreds of people attended a live preview of the event last week in Buena Park, though not all fans were happy with what they saw....

Ohio Woman Says She's Not Taking Down Werewolf

City reports receiving complaint about Halloween decoration that stayed up

(Newser) - The plastic werewolf statue in the Piqua, Ohio, yard of Mary Simmons is almost 10 feet tall—and while some people in the neighborhood might feel that the Halloween decoration has long outstayed its welcome, Simmons says it's not coming down. She says she recently received a notice asking...

It Took Heidi Klum 2 Years to Look Like This

'Vogue' gets the scoop on her Halloween costume

(Newser) - Heidi Klum's annual Halloween party—and the elaborate costumes she wears to them—have become near legendary. This year was no exception, but it was a different kind of jaw-dropping look: The model dressed as a worm. As Vogue explains, the costume was a long time coming. COVID prevented...

At Least 14 Injured in Halloween Shooting

3 children are among the injured on Chicago street

(Newser) - At least 14 people, including three children, were injured in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood on Halloween night, police said. The youngest victims are a 3-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a teenager who may be 13 years old, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said, per the AP...

Cockroach Infestation Leads to Trick-or-Treating Ban

Detroit-area neighborhood has been battling infestation for months

(Newser) - Trick-or-treating is off limits in a suburban Detroit neighborhood: There's nothing sweet about bringing home a cockroach. Per the AP , officials in Wyandotte said a cockroach infestation was confirmed at a vacant home after a tip from a trash hauler. The pests have been moving to other homes. Sidewalks...

Stampede at Halloween Event Kills at Least 146 in Seoul

150 are reported injured after crowd surge during festivities on narrow street

(Newser) - Update: This story has been updated throughout with the latest death toll and new details. At least 146 people were killed and 150 more injured when they were crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities Saturday night in Seoul, South Korean officials said....

Halloween Ends 'More With a Sizzle Than a Bang'
Halloween Ends
With a Thud, Apparently

Halloween Ends With a Thud, Apparently

One critic calls it 'a fitting farewell to Laurie Strode,' another calls it 'tedious'

(Newser) - Touted as Laurie Strode's last stand against Michael Myers, her slasher enemy of 44 years and 13 movies, Halloween Ends ... with a thud. That's according to critics who give the final installment in the David Gordon Green trilogy based on the original 1978 film a poor 47% rating...

Hershey: Halloween Candy Shortage Looms

Company blames supply chain issues

(Newser) - Halloween could be haunted by candy shortages this year, Hershey warned Thursday. The company said supply chain issues including shortages of raw materials like cocoa meant it would fall short of meeting demand over Halloween—its busiest time of year—and the holiday season, reports Reuters . Chief executive Michele Buck...

Undercover Squid Game Cop Busts Taxi Drivers

Another officer dressed as a vampire in Halloween crackdown on overcharging

(Newser) - Squid Game costumes were big around the world this Halloween—including in Hong Kong, where a police officer dressed as a guard from the hit South Korean show to arrest taxi drivers for overcharging passengers. Sources tell the South China Morning Post that another officer dressed as a vampire for...

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