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Best 2017 pop culture Halloween costumes

Halloween is the perfect time to make a statement about this year’s pop culture hits and misses. According to Insider, some of the most popular pop culture Halloween costumes in 2017 will include pregnant Kylie Jenner, Wonder Woman and a Playboy Bunny.

According to Quartz, what this says about us, besides that we like to dress up, is that our collective psyche is riddled with TV and movies. But Quartz also pointed out the common human desire to be more powerful, which is why superheroes are a Halloween fashion staple. 

Other pop culture favorites appearing this Halloween season include any costume that has Disney characters. In September, Pinterest noted that just the term “Disney costume” has been pinned more than 675,000 times this year, with Belle and Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast” leading the pack. 

A costume that became cliché in its first season is Pennywise, the kid-killing clown from the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” Pinterest saves for clown makeup and costumes are up 941 percent this year. If you must join the horde, please, please, step away from red balloons near sewers in suburban neighborhoods. Other pop culture Halloween costume popular on Pinterest included “Baywatch” characters, frat boys and Wednesday Addams. One of the most popular Halloween makeup options is pixelated face makeup, which has been pinned more than 26,000 times. 

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Hit pop culture Halloween costumes from the media

Ripped-straight-from-the-headlines costumes make their own kind of scary Halloween statements, even if those headlines come straight from TMZ or People.

Fake News: Insider reports a mini dress of newspaper clippings stamped “Fake” in big red letters sold by costume retailer Yandy. Pregnant Kylie Jenner: You may not be unique, but you’ll be in good company in one of Yandy’s $60 pregnant Kylie Jenner costume. Hef and a Playboy bunny: 2017 claimed the life of  Hugh Hefner. Sure, dressing as the dapper (if elderly) Hef and a Playboy bunny is a time-honored Halloween tradition, but this year’s news adds a morbid touch to the Playmate (Yandy, $80) and Hugh Hefner (Target, $40) couples costume. Dancing hot dog from Snapchat: The wildly popular dancing meme from Snapchat makes a hot pop culture Halloween costume. You can pick up a  $40 hot dog suit from Target, but you must supply the over-the-ear headphones yourself. Handmaid: Hulu’s 2017 hit, based on the Margaret Atwood novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," is a dark metaphor for the current civil rights and political climate. A handmaid ensemble is easy to pull off for one or a group, from thrift store finds or ready-made purchases like the $64 version from Azure CostumesLa La Land: Another great couples’ idea from the Pinterest people, and if you can jitterbug and whatnot, all the better. For the snarkiest, include a “Moonlight” costume in the group as a nod to the 2017 Best Picture Oscars mix-up. April the Giraffe and her baby from Animal Adventure Park: With giraffe costumes and make-up running wild on Pinterest (up 1,200 percent from last year, unless someone made a typo), what a great time to dress as the ever-pregnant and finally a mom April the Giraffe. Depending on your companions and physical condition, you may want to go for pregnant April, during her eternal labor, or with her offspring. Kinder, gentler pop culture costumes

Groot: According to Pinterest, searches for this soulful, leafy “Guardians of the Galaxy” character’s costume have gone up 133 percent in the past year. It’s a more involved costume than most, with those branches and all, but it has the prime advantage of also having a baby costume option: Baby Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”Bob Ross and Tree: That’s a happy tree, mind you, a perfect foil to 2017’s political and environmental strife. And hey, Pinterest reports 25,000-plus saves on the costume idea. Unicorns: Rainbows and sparkles will be in the forecast for Halloween 2017 trick-or-treating and costume parties for sure, with searches for unicorn costumes up 110 percent this year on Pinterest. According to Quartz, “The draw seems to be childlike positivity and magical thinking, allowing people see themselves and the world through rose- (and cobalt-) colored glasses.” “My Little Pony”: With the 2017 release of the “My Little Pony” movie, the  animated characters should give you plenty of sweet costume options for every optimist on the block. Just be sure your costume has a pony name and a birthday on Equestria.

Most popular Halloween costumes for 2017

The National Retail Federation predicts that 179 million Americans will partake in Halloween festivities in 2017 and that 48 percent plan to dress up. That’s a lot of costumes! Those trying to stand out for a party or costume contest and those who want to fit in with the rest of the trick-or-treat crowd can both benefit from these predictions for the top costume picks for Halloween 2017 from the NRF and Pinterest.

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 Most popular children’s Halloween costumes for 2017

The little ones will be dressing up as heroes this Halloween, with more than 3.7 children planning to dress as action characters or superheroes, according to the NRF. That figure doesn’t even include the Caped Crusader. Batman on his own will provide costume inspiration for 2.9 million child Halloween costumes, tied for second with a generic princess in the NRF rankings. Wonder Woman also makes a solo appearance on the list.  The entire NRF Top 10 list of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids: 1. Action/superhero 2. Batman character tied with Princess3. Animal (cat, dog, monkey)4. Spider-Man5. Star Wars character6. Witch7. Marvel Superhero (excluding Spider-Man) tied with Pirate8. Ghost9. Disney Princess10. Wonder Woman  Most popular adult Halloween costumes for 2017 In September, Pinterest and fashion search platform Lyst released predictions for the top Halloween costumes of 2017. The list included a frightening trend: costume ideas spawned by the kid-killing clown Pennywise in the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” Searches for clown makeup have increased by 941 per cent on Pinterest this year, and Lyst also reported a rise in searches for shirts with expansive ruffled shoulders and pom-pom shoes like the odious clown wears. It may sound like a stretch but … giraffes are another go-to costume for Halloween this year. Pinterest data indicated pins for giraffe costumes ideas and makeup tutorials are up 1,200 percent compared to 2016, and Lyst data also indicated a 27 percent increase in searches for giraffe fashions since this past June. You can thank April the giraffe, and her long pregnancy that was one of the top viral stories of 2017.The TV set and other streaming devices also helped make certain costumes popular. This is the second season for “Stranger Things” character costumes to be making the trick-or-treat and party rounds, with 40 percent more Pinterest saves year over year. These costumes have the added allure of being simple to make and wear, especially the trucker hats and ‘80s T-shirts Pinterest and Lyst are predicting. “Game of Thrones” characters were up 91 percent on Pinterest and Jon Snow all by his lonesome had 280 percent increased costume saves on Pinterest. Quartz has a helpful hint for anyone wanting to jump in on this costume trend. Those gnarly Night’s Watch capes are repurposed IKEA rugs. Just in from the 2017 widescreen, Pinterest users currently have more than 230,000 Wonder Woman costume ideas saved while pins of Beauty and the Beast characters have jumped 680 percent, including some sweet group costumes for Gaston and the milkmaids.Here are some other top choices on Pinterest for Halloween 2017:Top group costumes Daenerys and Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones” “Baywatch” cast members  “Stranger Things” cast members  Top family costumes “Beauty and the Beast” “Jurassic Park”  Mother of Dragons (Daenerys)  Top solo costumes Wonder Woman  Hippie  Girl Scout  Makeup Unicorn  Giraffe  Spider-Woman 

Halloween 2017: 5 costumes most commonly searched for on Google

Finding the perfect Halloween costume isn’t always easy. You want your disguise to be timely, but you definitely don’t want to be dressed like everybody else.

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To avoid the embarrassment of looking like half the other people at the Halloween party, it may be best to dress up as something other than the five most Googled costumes of the year.

According to Rare.us, the five costumes that have been searched on Google the most so far this year are as follows: 

1. Wonder Woman

The movie starring Gal Godot raked in more than $400 million at the box office, so it’s no surprise that many people want to look like the superheroine.

2. Harley Quinn

This was the year of the superhero movie with “Wonder Woman,” and the supervillain movie “Suicide Squad” boasted big returns, too, in 2016. Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn in the latter definitely resonated with viewers -- enough to make her colorful costume among 2017’s top choices.

3. Clown

They’ve always been terrifying, but thanks to the success of the “It” remake, evil clowns are back with a vengeance this Halloween.

4. Moana

Kids and adults alike are clamoring to dress like the latest Disney heroine.

5. Unicorn

In case you’ve forgotten, 2017 was also the year of Starbucks’ infamous Unicorn Frappuccino. It should come as no surprise that everyone wants to be the magical, mythical creature.

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Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher say 'no presents for the kids' this Christmas

According to Mila Kunis, she and husband Ashton Kutcher will not be giving their children any Christmas gifts this year, and they’ve asked the children’s grandparents to limit the number of gifts they give.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kunis, who is promoting her upcoming movie, “Bad Moms Christmas,” said her upbringing shaped her view and understanding of Christmas. 

“I come from communist Russia, where you’re not allowed to be happy, so my holiday traditions are ‘be quiet,’” Kunis said. “Coming to America is when you realize Christmas has a magical quality to it. In Russia, back in the day, it was a very religious holiday, so you don't celebrate Christmas if you’re not Christian and if you’re not at Mass. So, I being Jewish, was like, ‘Christmas is not for you.’”

Kunis, 34, moved to the U.S. from Ukraine in 1991 at the age of 7

“We come to America and we're like, ‘Christmas is so inclusive,’” Kunis told ET. “We literally bought a Christmas tree. So as far as tradition goes, my family’s big on any excuse to get the family together and get drunk. Whether it's Easter, which we've now all accepted into our Jewish household, or Christmas, it doesn't matter. It's all family time, but having kids, we're building up our own little versions of tradition.”

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Kunis, who shares two children with Kutcher -- 3-year-old Wyatt and 1-year-old Dimitri -- said the couple have a new tradition this year.

“No presents for the kids,” she told ET. “We're instituting it this year because when the kids are [around age] 1, it doesn't really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was 2and it was too much. We didn't give her anything -- it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don't even know what they're expecting; they’re just expecting stuff.”

Kunis said she and Kutcher have asked their parents to limit the number of gifts they purchase for their grandchildren to one.

“We've told our parents, ‘We’re begging you -- if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we'd like to take a charitable donation to the Children’s Hospital or a pet -- whatever you want.’ That's our new tradition,” she said.

Read more at Entertainment Tonight.

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Nurse warns about head lice potentially lurking in Halloween costumes

Parents should be aware of the risk of creepy crawlers invading their child's scalp this Halloween season.

Pediatric nurse practitioner Cherie Sexton told WTOL that health officials see an increase in head lice cases during this time of year. Part of the increase is due to school being back in session, but Halloween costumes also play a role in head lice transmission. Sexton said children tend to try on several costumes and masks at party stores, and one person with head lice can spread the annoying bugs to others who try on the costume.

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Sexton recommended being selective when trying on costumes, and wear a swim cap when trying on wigs and masks to create a head lice barrier. Once a costume is purchased, place it in a sealed bag for 48 hours, or if the costume material can be placed in the dryer, do so for 45 minutes on high heat to kill the lice.

Head lice infestations can last for up to a week, so if you become aware of a head lice outbreak in your neighborhood, or at your child's school, make sure to check your child for lice for seven days. Over-the-counter treatment is usually effective in getting rid of head lice.

Photos: Men’s costumes for 2017

Halloween isn’t just for kids. Adults can now get into the act. Take a look at what men may be wearing for Halloween 2017.

How a teal pumpkin can save a child's life

When you have a child with allergies, the fun and excitement of Halloween can become overshadowed by the haunting worry about hidden ingredients and undisclosed allergens in the candy your little one collects.

Some children with ADHD or autism also have certain dietary restrictions that prohibit eating candy, especially in the quantity involved around Halloween.

For these children, Halloween is a time of frustration instead of celebration.

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FARE (Food, Allergy, Research & Education) and the Teal Pumpkin Project understand the challenges parents and children face during this candy-filled holiday, and have continued a nationwide movement to offer an alternative for children who cannot partake in the usual fare.

By encouraging families to offer non-food options this Halloween, like scented pencils, stickers, small toys and erasers, the Teal Pumpkin Project hopes to transform this holiday into something every child can enjoy and participate in.

Want to take part? Here's how you can have a safe and fun Halloween this year!

 

  • Join more than 100,000 families by pledging your support for the Teal Pumpkin Project.
  • Paint and display a teal pumpkin, which shows that you support allergy awareness and a food-free Halloween. Make sure to print out a free sign from FARE to place next to your pumpkin.
  • Offer only non-food items at your door for trick-or-treaters this year.

If you really want to help take charge of Halloween, you can spread awareness of Halloween-related food allergies by holding your own fundraiser. The Teal Pumpkin Project suggests a few easy ways to raise money, including hosting your own pumpkin walk, a teal pumpkin painting party, a teal-painted pumpkin sale, neighborhood collections, and having a food and candy-free Halloween party.

 

For more information, contact FARE and Teal Pumpkin Project at 1-800-929-4040.

 

Start planning now for military holiday shipping deadlines

The calendar hasn’t turned to October yet, but the time is now to start planning for this holiday shipping season, especially if you’re sending anything to the members of the military serving overseas.

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The USPS and the military mail rooms have come out with a guide to getting those Christmas and other holiday gifts to service members in time for the big day, Military Times reported.

These deadlines are for mail handled by the USPS: 

  • USPS Retail Ground Mail (or Standard Post): Nov. 6
  • Space Available Mail (SAM): Nov. 27
  • Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL): Dec. 4
  • First Class and Priority Mail (letters, cards and packages): Dec. 11
    • One exception is contingency ZIP 093: Dec 4.
  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: Dec 16 (not available for ZIP 093)
  • Domestic Mail (not APO/FPO) to sailors on ships and bases in the U.S.: 
    • First Class Dec. 19
    • Priority Mail, Dec. 20
    • Priority Express Mail: Dec. 22

If the items are needed by the start of Hanukkah on Dec. 12, then make each deadline 13 days earlier. 

For more on the USPS’s efforts with the military mail delivery, click here.

Town to ban teens aged 16 and older from trick-or-treating

The quintessential art of knocking on a door and receiving gobs of sugar-laden treats on Halloween has a mandatory age limit in one Canadian town. 

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At the ripe old age of 16, teenagers in Bathurst, New Brunswick, are banned from trick-or-treating, and other trick-or-treaters must wrap up their candy collecting by 8 p.m., according to the proposed law. 

According to CBC News, town officials are expected to pass the bylaw on a third reading in early October. Those caught with a “facial disguise” (aka a Halloween mask) after 8 p.m., or those ages 16 or older appearing to be on the haunt for treats, would be fined up to $200 under the regulation.

Kim Chamberlain, deputy of the northern New Brunswick community, said in a recent CBC interview the law goes too far.

"I wanted to demolish it altogether, but I got outvoted," Chamberlain said. "My cousin's son is 5'4" and 15 years old. What are we going to do? Go up to him and ask him 'How old are you?' and 'show me your ID?’ That doesn't make sense."

Chamberlain called it an overreach for city council members to impose rules on a holiday like Halloween, pointing out that homeowners can turn out their porch lights if they don't want trick-or-treaters past a certain hour.

She wasn’t alone in that sentiment.

How will the city enforce it?

There likely won’t be any city officials on the lookout for older teenagers come Halloween, said Bathurst city spokesman Luc Foulem. When an earlier version of the bylaw was approved in 2005, there were no fines issued, Foulem told CBC. The hope is that the law will just cut down on Halloween-night mischief.

The candy-coated Halloween debate begs the question: Is there an age limit on trick-or-treating?

Border patrol Halloween costume has people upset, reacting on social media

Every year, there seem to be costumes that spark outrage. Halloween 2017 is no different, as a costume that will “transform” the wearer into a supposed border patrol agent is starting to shake up social media, People magazine is reporting.

Spirit Halloween Superstores are promoting a green shirt that has the name tape “Agent Wall” and “Border Patrol” on the chest. There’s an accessory baseball hat to go with the “uniform” that has “Border Patrol” embroidered in large gold letters. The shirt is sold out online. The hat, which sells for $9.99, is still in stock.

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The online store includes the description, “Keep the border safe today, tomorrow and on Halloween! Let everyone know that you mean business with this border patrol work shirt!”

Consumers are posting to their social media accounts sharing their outrage over the costume.

Spirit Halloween told People that it doesn’t plan to pull the costume from store shelves, adding that it was created “with the intent of being ironic in the current political climate.”

Spirit, telling Mashable, said, “We believe this costume carries similar sentiments akin to that of a police officer, military costumes, firefighter, doctor and more.”

Immigration arrests have been increasing this year, Mashable reportedThe Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division announced that between Jan 22 and April 29, 2017, that arrests had increased almost 40 percent  when compared to the same period in 2016.

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