The ‘13 Going on 30’ Versace Dress Has Come Full Circle

A perfect storm of internet fashion trends — and Halloween — has resurrected a Y2K-era Versace dress. At least, for now.

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Halloween Returns to New York’s Subways With a Vengeance

Lanternflies, mushrooms and container ships: Costumed riders came back to haunt New York City’s underground during one of the city’s most celebrated holidays.

#costumes, #halloween, #new-york-city, #subways

Roblox Goes Down, Forcing Children Outside for Halloween

The popular gaming site said Sunday that it was working to resolve the outage. In the meantime, children were freaking out.

#children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #halloween, #roblox-corp

Halloween Signs for Covid Era Trick or Treaters

Sending a message to trick-or-treaters.

#halloween

This is the world’s oldest image of a ghost

This is the world’s oldest image of a ghost

(credit: Photograph: The British Museum)

A curator exploring the shadowy recesses of the British Museum’s archives recently encountered a ghost—or rather, the world’s oldest image of one, etched onto a 3,500-year-old Babylonian clay tablet. The figure of a tall, emaciated spirit with his hands bound illustrates the text of an ancient exorcism ritual meant to banish the sort of ghost that “seizes hold of a person and pursues him and cannot be loosed.”

Irving Finkel, the curator of the British Museum’s Middle Eastern department and a specialist in cuneiform, the angular writing system of the ancient Babylonian civilization, recently translated the text of the ritual, which had remained unread and ignored since the British Museum acquired the tablet in the 1800s. At that time, museums across Europe were in a rush to stockpile Babylonian artifacts, and curators would often pay local people to loot clay and stone tablets, along with other artifacts, from archaeological sites in what is now Iraq. Most of those items arrived with little or no information about their context and ended up in storage.

Seeing ghosts

The ghost tablet, for example, had never been displayed to the public, and no one had translated its text. Nor had anyone noticed the hidden ghostly image on the reverse side of the clay tablet, either. That side appears blank until it’s viewed under a light at just the right angle, when the image of the ghost seems to leap out at the viewer.

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#ancient-mesopotamia, #archaeology, #babylonians, #british-museum, #cuneiform, #ghosts, #halloween, #mesopotamia, #science

Halloween Costumes Told the Story of My Disabled Body

For those of us made to feel shame about our bodies, it’s always Halloween.with bodies

#costumes, #disabilities, #discrimination, #fashion-and-apparel, #halloween

Halloween Supply-Chain Issues Make Finding Costumes the Scariest Part

Good luck trying to find a meme-inspired costume, or any costume at all.

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Has the Christmas Shopping Season Overtaken Halloween?

Retailers (and some celebrities) are getting into the holiday spirit super-early this year.

#christmas, #halloween, #shopping-and-retail

Here Are Some Halloween Costumes for Children with Special Needs

Seven families share their stories of putting together the perfect Halloween costumes for children with special needs.

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Halloween Costumes for Kids With Special Needs

Seven families share their stories of putting together the perfect Halloween costumes for children with special needs.

#children-and-childhood, #costumes, #disabilities, #halloween, #wheelchairs

The Common Halloween Candy Mistakes That Parents Make

The annual trick-or-treating haul is a challenge for parents trying to balance holiday fun with healthy eating habits.

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How to Prepare for the Holidays After a Divorce

The coming season can be brutal for families going through a difficult time. One single mom offers her holiday-survival plan.

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In Defense of ‘Inappropriate’ Kids’ Movies

Not everything needs a tidy moral takeaway.

#children-and-childhood, #common-sense-media, #fairy-tales, #halloween, #internal-sub-only-nl, #movies, #parenting

That Tainted Halloween Candy Myth Just Won’t Go Away

Despite a lack of evidence, warnings about dangers lurking in treats have been an annual ritual for decades. The newest twist involves weed.

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘At the Halloween Party, Anxious to Go Home’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

#dating-and-relationships, #halloween, #love-emotion, #modern-love-times-column, #online-dating

Behind the ‘Boo!’: How Haunted House Actors Scare Guests

What does it take to scare the candy corn out of someone? Performers at two of New York’s hallowed haunted attractions explain the secrets behind the shocks.

#actors-and-actresses, #blood-manor, #halloween, #haunted-houses, #headless-horseman-ulster-park-ny, #new-york-city

Haunted Houses Need to Terrify You More Than Ever This Halloween

Many haunted attractions, typically a financially lucrative business, were devastated by the 2020 season. This year, they’re hoping to rebound through your frights and screams.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #halloween, #haunted-houses, #united-states

What Does Horror Taste Like? ‘Carnage Asada’ and Bloody Cocktails

An unlikely side effect of the pandemic: An uptick in terror-themed restaurants with creative names and even more creative menus.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #halloween, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #veganism

Five Horror Films to Stream Now

The month’s picks include a contagion film, an ’80s throwback, an unnerving tale of siblings, a faux documentary and a slow-burn thriller.

#censor-movie, #hall-movie, #halloween, #movies, #the-medium-movie, #the-secret-of-sinchanee-movie, #woe-movie

Beyond Chucky: Frightening Alternatives for Halloween TV

If this Halloween season’s brand-name horror retreads leave you cold, here are some frightening alternatives.

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This Halloween, Give Horror a Chance

Dealing with horror on the screen and on the page can help you deal with horror in the real world. 

#books-and-literature, #halloween, #movies, #senses-and-sensation

‘Squid Game’ Has Made Tracksuits Hot

The dystopian Netflix hit from South Korea is proving an unexpected style influence. Here’s why.

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What is a Szn? And Why Does October Have So Many?

This year, there are more seasons than ever to celebrate.

#advertising-and-marketing, #autumn-season, #halloween

3 Alabama Professors on Leave After ‘Offensive’ Halloween Photos Surface

The photos were taken at a campus party at the University of South Alabama in 2014. One professor wore a Confederate uniform. Two others posed with a whip and a noose.

#alabama, #colleges-and-universities, #costumes, #discrimination, #halloween, #mobile-ala, #university-of-south-alabama

How New York Bars and Clubs Are Keeping Nightlife Alive in the Pandemic

The pandemic has decimated New York nightlife, but some bars and clubs are managing to keep the fun alive.

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Go Ahead, Binge Old Movies and Jam Out to ’90s Hits

Decades-old movies, songs and video games have surged in popularity over the pandemic. Psychologists say conjuring nostalgia during stressful times is a healthy coping mechanism.

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Picturing Yourself with Bob Ross as the ‘Experience’ Opens in Indiana

Visitors can tour the beloved painter’s recreated studio and take Bob Ross master classes, in the city where “The Joy of Painting” was filmed.

#art, #halloween, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indiana, #midwestern-states-us, #muncie-ind, #public-broadcasting, #public-broadcasting-service, #ross-bob, #television, #the-joy-of-painting-tv-program

How J Balvin Made His Trippy, Eye-Popping Halloween Concert in Fortnite

The video game has become a music venue as the pandemic continues to keep live shows off the road. The Latin pop star put his own colorful spin on the experience.

#computer-and-video-games, #epic-games, #fortnite-video-game, #halloween, #j-balvin-1985, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rap-and-hip-hop

2 Warehouse Halloween Parties Attended by Nearly 1,000 Are Shut Down

Few people were social distancing or wearing masks, New York City authorities said. Twenty-eight people face charges.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #halloween, #parties-social

2 Reported Killed in Halloween Stabbing Spree in Quebec City

The police arrested a suspect in the attack, a man in his mid-20s who they said was dressed in medieval garb. Five people were said to be injured in the attack.

#canada, #halloween, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #quebec-city-quebec

Is Halloween Canceled in N.Y.C.? Not Officially, but …

Trick-or-treating is allowed in the city, as long as it’s outdoors, but spooky traditions will look far different during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #halloween, #new-york-city

When Trick-or-Treating Is Scary, for Real

Some New Yorkers are trying to find a way to celebrate Halloween despite concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

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Google brings Halloween to life using augmented reality

There’s an AR ghost on Google Search. There’s a dancing skeleton, set of creepy jack-o’-lanterns, and costumed cats and dogs, too. Ahead of Halloween weekend in the U.S., Google has launched a set of fun, augmented reality-powered features on Google Search which appear as an option when you search for specific Halloween terms using a mobile device.

For example, if you search for the word “Halloween” and scroll down the search results page, you’ll see a box that prompts you to “Summon up a 3D ghost.” When you tap the “View in 3D” button, you’re able to see the ghost floating around your room.

On the iPhone, you’ll first have to move the phone around the room to get started, as with other AR apps. On Android devices, however, the ghost immediately appears in 3D but there’s a separate button, “View in your space,” that will place the ghost in the environment with you.

Google says the features work in the Google Search app and in the mobile browser.

Once the AR object has been placed in your room, you can move around it to view it from different angles, move closer or further away, or drag it around it around with your finger. The object even leaves a shadow on the floor, to make it seem like it’s really there.

Spooky, Halloween music will also play in the background as the AR objects float or dance in your space. You can then take a photo or a video to share elsewhere, if you choose.

In addition the AR ghost, you can search for a set of three jack-o’lanterns, a dancing skeleton, a hot dog (well, a dog in a hot dog costume), a pirate dog, and a magic cat.

The latter two appear when you google for the keywords “dog” or “cat,” while a search for “hot dog” will pull up the playful dachshund that paws at the ground and wags its tail. Searches for “skeleton” and “jack-o’-lantern” (and some variations) will bring up the others.

You may also see a pop-up at the bottom of the main Google.com landing page that suggests you try the new AR feature, but it wasn’t showing up consistently for us on every visit.

Google has experimented with AR features on Google Search for some time, having offered up 3D models of animals, places, spaceships, celestial bodies including the moon, the planets and more, as well as biology terms, anatomical systems, chemistry terms, plus cars, shoes, and even Santa.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to find all the AR objects offered in one place — you usually just stumble upon them when searching.

Besides the AR Halloween search feature, Google also introduced two new doorbell ringtones for its Hello Nest devices, “Black Cat” and “Werewolf.” You can continue to use the sounds introduced last year, like ghost, vampire, monster or witch noises, for example.

Google Assistant, meanwhile, now tells Halloween-themed riddles and can sing a Halloween song, as well, in another nod to the holiday.

#3d, #ar, #augmented-reality, #google, #halloween, #search

8 Things to Do This Halloween Weekend

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually or in person in New York City.

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Get Your Hand Sanitizer Costume. Halloween Is Still Happening.

Sales of Halloween outfits and decorations have been surprisingly strong this year, with some seeing the holiday as a last hurrah before winter and the pandemic send people back inside.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costumes, #halloween, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

There’s a Blue Moon on Halloween

Halloween will be the first blue moon visible in every time zone since 1944. Might be good to charge those crystals!

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Like Outdoor Dining? Try Outdoor Shopping

Stores will be allowed to use nearby spaces outside to display merchandise and conduct transactions, the mayor said.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #halloween, #new-york-city, #shopping-and-retail

The 13 Scariest Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now

Halloween is nigh. These screamers are bound to get your blood curdling.

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N.J’s Largest City Shuts Down Again as Virus Cases Surge

Newark required nonessential businesses to close indoor operations beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Salons may open by appointment only.

#baraka-ras, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #halloween, #ironbound-newark-nj, #new-jersey, #newark-nj, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #telecommuting, #university-hospital-newark-nj

Keith Raniere’s Sentencing: What to Know About the Nxivm Leader

Fifteen victims gave wrenching testimony about Mr. Raniere’s manipulation and sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 120 years in prison.

#halloween, #haunted-houses, #hollis-queens-ny, #mack-allison, #new-york-city, #nxivm, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #raniere-keith, #sex-crimes

Forget Halloween. Children Are Frightening Year-Round.

Why little kids have a special ability to creep out their parents.

#children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #ghosts, #halloween, #parenting

Tractor Flips During Hayride in Illinois, Killing One and Injuring 17

The injured included 15 children ranging from 1 to 12 years old, the State Police said.

#halloween, #illinois, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Can Blood Manor’s Homicidal Clown Scare People in a Year Like 2020?

How the Halloween industry plans on making haunted houses socially distant, sanitized and still terrifying.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny, #halloween, #haunted-houses, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Horror Masks Are Never Just About the Monster

These cinematic mainstays continue to terrify.

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Halloween’s Not Canceled: Here’s How to Make It Spooky but Safe

Movies, podcasts, cemetery walks and more: Our guide to enjoying a socially distant fright fest.

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Halloween Word Games

Finding the sinister words will reveal the spooky images that go along with them.

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Let Kids Have Halloween

They’ve suffered enough.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #halloween

Spirit Halloween Rises from the Dead. Again. And Again.

The retailer inspires songs and memes with its near-guaranteed seasonal reappearance each fall. But can it survive this year?

#costumes, #halloween, #pop-up-stores-and-restaurants, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states

A Guide to New Horror Movies This Month

From a killer weave to vampires in the Bronx, new movies are here to keep Halloween frightful.

#alone-movie, #bad-hair-movie, #halloween, #movies, #nocturne-movie, #possessor-movie, #save-yourselves-movie

How to Celebrate Halloween From Your Car

Drive-in horror film screenings and fright-night experiences are popping up around the country for a pandemic-safe holiday.

#automobiles, #drive-in-theaters, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #ghosts, #halloween, #haunted-houses, #movies, #parking-garages-and-lots, #quarantine-life-and-culture