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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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How to Trick-or-Treat Safely on Halloween

You can still safely celebrate the ghoulish season, but trick-or-treating and other celebrations may have to be modified to protect against coronavirus infection.

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Please Let Me Terrify Some Kids on Halloween

A socially distanced dad hopes that frightening children isn’t a thing of the past.

#costumes, #halloween, #parenting

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Fall’s Almost Here. Can We Still Go Apple Picking?

Wandering through corn mazes, picking pumpkins and visits to wineries and haunted houses are still on the calendar, but social distancing and face masks are part of the plan.

#agriculture-and-farming, #apples, #autumn-season, #halloween, #labyrinths-and-mazes, #pumpkins, #travel-and-vacations, #wines

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Will the Coronavirus Cancel Halloween?

Cities, towns, retailers and confectioners across the country are bracing themselves for more subdued festivities this year — if they have them at all.

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