Lice can lurk in old Halloween costumes

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Lice can be hidden in Halloween costumes and can spread if costumes are handed down or borrowed, a U.S. full-service clinical salon that removes lice said.
Eyegore Awards mark Halloween in Hollywood

Eyegore Awards mark Halloween in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Halloween season kicked off in Hollywood this weekend with the unveiling of this year's Eyegore Awards for the a scariest movie-based haunted-house mazes.
'Ghostbusters' heading back to theaters

'Ghostbusters' heading back to theaters

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures says it plans to re-release the classic 1984 comedy film "Ghostbusters" in U.S. theaters for a limited engagement.
Holmes to guest star on TV's 'Mother'

Holmes to guest star on TV's 'Mother'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Katie Holmes has taped a guest appearance for the U.S. sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," CBS announced.

Caregiver charged in case of missing girl

MIAMI, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Florida prosecutors plan to bring first-degree murder and other charges against the former caregiver of a 4-year-old girl who has been missing since 2000.

Christmas merchandise hits the shelves

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- New York retailers are taking advantage of the upcoming Halloween holiday in order to push Christmas merchandise as early as September, retail analysts say.
Will and Kate's palace offers ghost tours

Will and Kate's palace offers ghost tours

LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Officials with the purportedly haunted London residence of Prince William and his wife Kate say the palace will be open for Halloween ghost tours.
Severed foot in lake was Halloween prop

Severed foot in lake was Halloween prop

ANTIOCH, Ill., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Authorities in Illinois said a severed foot a boy reported spotting in a lake was found by a search team to be "a fake Halloween prop."
Casey Anthony mask sells for nearly $1M

Casey Anthony mask sells for nearly $1M

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles area eBay seller says he fetched a high bid of $999,900 for a Halloween mask resembling a woman acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter.
Just what the sweet tooth ordered

Just what the sweet tooth ordered

CHICAGO, July 3 (UPI) -- Exploding Peeps in the microwave could get even messier: Just Born is dipping the marshmallow confection in chocolate for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day -- one of the sweet innovations unveiled at the recent candy industry trade show in Chicago.

Mich. youth gets life in murder-assault

PORT HURON, Mich., June 23 (UPI) -- A Michigan youth was found guilty of stabbing a man and his wife as they lay in bed, killing the man and leaving the woman with more than 20 knife wounds.

Swede fined for egging prankster

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, May 26 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Sweden said a man who smeared egg on a youngster who chucked eggs at his house is being fined $1,800.

Victims' kin mark Oklahoma anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 20 (UPI) -- The widow of an Oklahoma City bombing victim says the memorial museum there proves something good can come out of the evil 16 years ago.
Guilty plea in 'inside' bank heist

Guilty plea in 'inside' bank heist

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 29 (UPI) -- A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to taking part in an "inside" bank robbery meant to look like a kidnapping of a bank employee.

Stethoscopes sold for Halloween recalled

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Fun World Inc. is recalling 1,800 Halloween costumes with toy stethoscopes due to a choking hazard, U.S. regulators said Wednesday.
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Monsters distribute candy for Halloween at the White House in Washington on October 31, 2010. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will greet trick or treaters at the North Portico of the White House as they celebrate Halloween. UPI/Olivier Douliery/Pool

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. History Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)".[1] The name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels and Celts in the British Isles is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[1][2][3] According to the Oxford Dictionary of English folk lore: "Certainly Samhain was a time for festive gatherings, and medieval Irish texts and later Irish, Welsh, and Scottish folklore use it as a setting for supernatural encounters, but there is no evidence that it was connected with the dead in pre-Christian times, or that pagan religious ceremonies were held."[4] The Irish myths which mention Samhain were written in the 10th and 11th centuries by Christian monks. This is around 200 years after the Catholic church inaugurated All Saints Day and at least 400 years after Ireland became Christian.[4] Origin of name The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.[5] Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.[5]

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