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Facebook user and cosplayer Autumn Dayss has stirred up a bit of Halloween controversy with her last-minute costume, an anti-Vaxx mother.

An image she posted to the social network shows a smiling Dayss wearing a baby carrier featuring a small skeleton. "Going to a costume party tonight as Karen and her non-vaccinated child," the caption over the image reads.

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Buckets are the New Pumpkins

Do you annually waste nourishing squash flesh on bourgeois porch displays? Jettison the traditional jack-o’-lantern with this one simple trick

Illustration by Ben Sanders

They say the first jack-o’-lanterns were carved from turnips centuries ago, carried through the evening by Halloween revelers or left in windows to ward off restive spirits. But caught up in the eerie proceedings and unmatched joy of carving root vegetables, these superstitious louts and lasses—likely drunk on elderberry wine and logy from eating too much lamb—were unknowingly summoning another kind of evil, one that would come back year after year to haunt the world for generations on end. I’m talking, of course, about the horrors of Halloween food waste.

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5 Tales of Halloween Heartbreak

A conversation about growing up in the U.S. without celebrating national dress-up-and-get-free-candy day

Illustration by Addison Eaton

It’s too late for me. I’m almost 23 years old—long past the age where it’s appropriate. I have no kids of my own and I don’t particularly enjoy the company of children. So, in addition to going to prom, getting drunk on grad night, and loving Bruce Springsteen, it seems like I’ll have to add trick-or-treating to the long list of Great American traditions I will never experience.

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Just What You Need For Halloween, A Bookshelf That Doubles as a Coffin

Eco-conscious repurposing gets a morbid twist.


We here at GOOD are all for repurposing objects, but who knew that bookshelves that double as coffins are a thing? Just in time for Halloween, Jeff O'Neal, editor at Book Riot stumbled across one from Ibis, a funeral products company in The Netherlands.

While you're alive, the coffin innocuously holds your dog-eared copies of Dracula and Frankenstein, like so:

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Binders Full of Women vs. Big Bird: Top Halloween Costume of 2012?

What do you think the top searched Halloween costumes will be this year?

Each Halloween, the most popular costumes tend to be dictated by the news of the day. What's going on in pop culture, politics, and the world will usually determine how people get dressed on October 31. To figure out what's in the collective Halloween consciousness, Google is the best measure. The most searched costume in Google is traditionally the most popular attire out on the streets.

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Costumed Controversy: Should Schools Celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is here, but is your local school celebrating it? Maybe not.


Michael Davino, the superintendent in Springfield, New Jersey, became the least popular guy in town after he banned elementary school students from coming to school on Halloween in costume. Davino's edict—which was spurred by concerns that costumes distract from instructional time—proved so unpopular that the town's residents protested until he backed down. But Davino is not the first superintendent to ban Halloween: Debates over whether to celebrate the holiday in the classroom have become common.

The pressure of standardized tests has made many educators concerned about time lost to to classroom parties, costume parades, and kids distracted from their math lessons by a classmate's Batman cape. Other schools ban parties because they don't want sugary junk food eaten on campus. And high schools have to worry about kids coming to school wearing costumes that break the dress code.

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