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News-Inspired Halloween Costumes, Round Two

by Marcellus Ford
Oct 29, 2013

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The Soft Light's lampshade is crafted from a massive block of polyurethane foam. A limited edition of Banksy's "Love Is in the Air" sold for $249,000 at Bonhams auction house in London this summer. The artist offeed a version of the work for $60 on the sidewalk in New York Saturday. Cute, but probably not the best choice for fun in the sun: This bikini was a collaboration between chocolatier Fruitful Blooms and swimwear purveyor Bikini Fling. It features Fruitful Blooms' signature chocolate leaves and flowers.

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It's getting closer and closer to that costume party, and you still have no idea what clothes in your closet to throw together to make you stand out at Halloween. Don't worry. We are making things easy for you with more Halloween costume ideas straight from the headlines.

Breaking Bad fan in withdrawal. "This is it; there's no more." - Breaking Bad writer Thomas Schnauz from an interview with Fresh Air.

This ominous lamp thing. Or anything from All Tech Considered's "Weekly Innovation" series. Cuddle Mattress? 'Nuff said.

An Electrical Engineering major who wished they'd instead sprung for the Petroleum Engineering degree after seeing this chart ranking the least and most lucrative college majors. Thanks Planet Money.

A troll. You know, the disenfranchised White House aide who was fired after insulting Obama administration employees on Twitter.

Wishing for somethng more... mysterious? Dress up like one of the new pieces from reclusive British street artist Banksy that are popping up around New York this month. Options include: a mysterious rat, a man with Molotov Flowers (pictured below), Ronald McDonald's shoe shiner or Ronald McDonald himself.

Or how about less mysterious graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

(Group Costume Idea) Classic 90s hip hop groups: Perhaps you and your friend are always debating the top 10 greatest rap albums from the 1990s. Dress up as your favorite rapper and settle the score in costume.

Supermodel hitting the catwalk in the latest tread: a haute chocolate dress. In case you're worried about not having enough sweet treats to eat clothes made of real chocolate were all the rage at London's Salon du Chocolat fair. (Friendly reminder: chocolate melts. Your call.)

And a few other things to keep in mind this Halloween week (just because...):

  • Feeling like a ghoulish sloth in the morning? Spray this on.
  • Worried about someone taking their blood-sucking vampire costume a little too seriously? Try this as repellent.
  • Can't eat all your candy? Give it away to someone who can.


Marcellus Ford works with NPR assisting events and special programming. He started listening to NPR in 2007, thanks to his college professors at Howard University.

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