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7 Reasons Why This School Is Banning Halloween

Karyn Pickles | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

This gem scrolled through my Facebook feed yesterday: A friend's children's school has decided to forgo Halloween this year in favor of... I don't know... Friday, I guess. The decision was attributed to the "staff" and the reasons behind it were given as follows.

Permission to Play

Karin Joy Whitley | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Karin Joy Whitley

At what age do we feel that playfulness, dressing up and acting silly, should stop? With our daily responsibilities, stress and obligations, don't we need some comic relief? Taking us back to childhood even for a few minutes can spark the child within us and lift our spirits.

Liat Kornowski

Movie-Inspired Halloween Costumes That Are So Super Easy

HuffingtonPost.com | Liat Kornowski | Posted 11.06.2014 | Entertainment

Coming up with a stellar Halloween costume can be hard, especially when your busy life leaves little room for planning and shopping. Fortunately, we'v...

These Emoji Masks Are The Best Halloween Costumes $5 Can Buy

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Technology

It's almost Halloween, and you want to go to a costume party, but you're cheap and lazy. What to do? Buy a creepy-as-hell emoji mask. "Awwww"? Or "...

8 Easy Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes for Men

AskMen.com | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
AskMen.com

This is your chance to take a different approach to this weird calendar event by imitating and paying tribute to some of the most influential figures in pop culture and the news today.

When Halloween Costumes Go Traumatically Wrong

Aimee Heckel | Posted 12.20.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

he was a fairy princess for Halloween last year, and this year she decided to be something much different: a fairy Ariel princess. No, not a Faerial princess, Mom. Stop trying to be clever; you're annoyatating me.

Yagana Shah

5 Of The Most Awesome Costume Ideas For Adults This Halloween

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty

It's the one time of year when you have carte blanche to act, dress and, yes, eat as you please. Yes, yes, Halloween is upon us, friends. And while ou...

Extreme Body Painting Takes Halloween Costumes to a New Level

Aimee Heckel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

If your costume is on the seasonal shelf next to the skeleton-print napkins, and also made out of the same material as the napkins, perhaps you could better invest that $79.95.

55 Most Offensive Halloween Costumes

COED.com | Posted 10.08.2014 | College

Halloween makes for a great holiday for college students and grown-ups. It’s also a really exciting opportunity to make bad decisions about costumes...

True Story: The Rooster Who Went to Vegas for Halloween

Aimee Heckel | Posted 10.22.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

The best costumes don't always win trophies. In fact, sometimes they're not even condoned, as is the case with the rooster who went to Vegas for Halloween.

Valley Girls and Alien Hunks: The Cool Costumes of Earth Girls Are Easy

Hulu.com | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Hulu.com

From the set design to the costumes, Earth Girls is a visual feast for those of us who embrace color in colossal amounts, both in our personal wardrobes and interior decor.

11 Surreal Pagan Rituals Still Practiced Today

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts

In several countries throughout Europe, winter spurs a string of Pagan rituals and carnivalesque festivities that -- since before the dawn of Christia...

Would You Spend $1,000 to Make Your Child Happy?

Courtney Carter | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Courtney Carter

I saw a video today of Marines singing "Let It Go" and thought while cute, this movie has got to stop. It's literally the song that never ends.

Disturbing Confessions of a Costume Hoarder

Aimee Heckel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My husband grabbed the neckline of his top, which was kind of simultaneously the waistline, too, and he pulled -- Hulk-like -- and ripped it down the middle. I felt my heart rip with it. He wadded it up and smashed it into the large trash bag that stood, brimming full, between us

12 Steps of Crazy When Running a Spring Marathon

Karin Tanabe | Posted 06.03.2014 | Sports
Karin Tanabe

Why do these annoying energetic children want me to high five them? Do they know where my hand has been? You do not want to touch me, kid. This paw is made of 80 percent snot, 20 percent backwash and 500 percent regret right now.

Who Knows? Purim

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In the key scene in Megillas Esther, Mordechai zigs when he seemingly should have zagged, asking Esther a question instead of making a statement. What hidden message was he trying to send to her -- and to us?

Krewe Of Muses: Mardi Gras Parades Explained! (PHOTOS)

Kenny Klein | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Kenny Klein

Okay, I'll admit it. When I first came to New Orleans back in the '80s, I didn't know much. In the 30 years since that conversation, I have leaned much. Now I live on the parade route. This week, I have seen some amazing Mardi Gras parades, including last week's Krewe Of Muses

Eyes as Big as Plates, the 'Sublime Elsewheres'

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 03.21.2014 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

Eyes as Big as Plates is the collaborative venture between Karoline Hjorth (Norway) and Riitta Ikonen (Finland), produced in collaboration with senior...

How To Break Into the Glamorous World of Commercial Acting

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 02.05.2014 | Comedy
Jolie Jenkins

Don't start daydreaming yet about buying that new house, deep in the Valley. You'll have to go to a few (hundred) pesky auditions first.

Inside A Growing Subculture Where Costumes Are A Way Of Life

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts

The world of cosplay -- "costume play," for the uninitiated -- is as nebulous as it is distinct. The concept is easy enough to understand: humans dres...

Inside the McKittrick Hotel's 'Curse of the Mummy' Halloween Party

Jody Christopherson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Attendees are instructed to adhere to an enforced costume policy and show up dressed as harem girls, nomads, serpent charmers, sword swallowers, pharaohs, mummies, traders, treasure hunters, archaeologists and the bizarre of the bazaar.

10 Tips for Finding Romance on Halloween

Samantha Daniels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Samantha Daniels

Halloween is a great time of year if you're single and looking for a new romantic interest. Everyone is out and about, in a good mood and ready to have a fun evening. In fact, Halloween might be the best night of the entire year to meet someone and find some lovin', so grab a costume or a mask and get out there.

Grim Reaper Shines Light on Halloween

Kate Carr | Posted 12.29.2013 | Parents
Kate Carr

It's a problem that creeps up on us every Halloween. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, twice as many children are hit and killed walking on Halloween than any other day of the year.

WATCH: Ellen's Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents

With trick-or-treating time only two days away, you might be desperate enough to try one of Ellen's last-minute Halloween costume ideas. Careful no...

Haunted Halloween Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Halloween chocolate haunts me. October 31st's abundant temptations of free, sugary treats, with chocolate being the most popular, bumps up against my religious consciousness. Which will prevail?