Halloween’s frightful tab, and how to hold the line

October 31, 2013
A woman pushes her child during the annual Ragamuffin Halloween Parade in Hoboken

(Reuters) – The other day my 13-year-old, Jake, said, “Let’s dress Katie up as a bat for Halloween.” “I’m not buying the dog a costume,” I said. Jake ignored me. “Katie, wanna be a pumpkin?” he asked the poodle. Since when did we feel the need to make sure our canines celebrated All Hallow’s Eve? …

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Halloween freebies is growing restaurant trend

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Halloween, the night when kids rake-in gobs of free candy, is evolving into an occasion when parents also can walk-off with something equally enticing: free meals for the kids. A growing parade of restaurant chains – from Olive Garden to IHop to Krispy Kreme – will offer free eats around Halloween in order to lure …

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Man looks to revive Halloween in Detroit neighborhood

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Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press— Nick DiNunzio saw only three trick-or-treaters last Halloween. This year, he’s hoping to have a lot less leftover candy. DiNunzio is working to bring Halloween back to Alma Street, which is in one of Detroit’s most crime-ridden areas. Concerns about safety have dampened the neighborhood’s holiday spirit in recent years. …

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A New Way To Do Halloween: Chocolate Chunks In The Trunk

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STEPHANIE LECCI/NPR REPORTING—The parking lot of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis., is filled with dozens of costumed kids hungry for candy at an early Halloween event. But the princesses and Iron Men aren’t yelling “trick or treat.” Instead, it’s “trunk or treat” — and that’s because these kids, rather than going door to …

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Britain Embraces Halloween and Cashes In on Ghoulish Celebration

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LONDON — This Halloween, skintight full-body leotards are a sellout in Britain. Morphsuits, the Scottish company behind the goofy, often garish bodysuits, transformed a drunken prank at a stag party into a multimillion-dollar costume phenomenon, thanks in part to the growing popularity here of celebrating All Hallows’ Eve each Oct. 31. Much to the consternation …

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