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Today’s standard of journalism: WaPo asks, “Is your dog’s Halloween costume sexist?”

Read it and weep.
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From Washington Post: Young girls may be discarding their princess wands for superhero capes this Halloween, but not so in the canine world.
The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where career costumes labeled “male” include firefighter and police officer, while female dogs can choose between a pink cowgirl costume and pink loofah.
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On the site BaxterBoo.com, options for your female pooch include “sweet heart nurse” or French maid. “Any tidy girl dog will look adorable wearing this French Maid Dog Costume,” the site’s description reads. “Whether your pup is a clean freak or a messy mutt, she will enjoy playing ‘dress up’ in this fun costume.”
The choices for male dogs, meanwhile, include fireman, mob boss and doctor (suggested pairing: “match up with a girl friend with the Sweet Heart Nurse Dog Costume.”)
“It seems silly on the surface, but this is part of a larger message we’re sending, that there are certain jobs for men, and certain jobs for women,” said Scott Lawrie, 36, who co-hosts a podcast, ‘She will not be ignored,’ about gender issues. “The career options for women — and dogs — need to go beyond pink loofahs and pink cowgirls.”

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Lawrie, who plans to dress his two dogs as the cop duo Cagney and Lacey, says he did a double-take when he saw PetSmart’s police officer costumes marked for “males.” He clicked around and noticed a pattern: Career-related costumes were often explicitly marked “male” and “female.” (A number of other costumes, however, ranging from lobsters to pumpkins and dinosaurs, bear the “male/female” label.)
“I thought surely there was some reason behind this: maybe the pets needed to relieve themselves a certain way, or something like that,” said Lawrie, who lives in San Francisco. “But all of the costumes are identical.”
Representatives for PetSmart and Baxter Boo did not respond to requests for comment.
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National retailers have begun taking steps to eliminate gender labels from their products. Target last year announced it would stop separating girls’ and boys’ toys in its stores. Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Amazon.com have taken similar measures.
“We never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented,” Target said in a 2015 news release. “Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on gender. In some cases, like apparel, where there are fit and sizing differences, it makes sense. In others, it may not.”
Last year, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found that items marketed to girls and women are routinely marked up an average 7 percent compared to items for boys and men. The discrepancies included a 48 percent markup for hair products, such as shampoo and conditioner.
“It’s a double whammy,” DCA Commissioner Julie Menin told The Washington Post, “and it’s not just happening in New York. You see in the aisles the issue is clearly applicable to consumers across the country.”
It turns out those mark ups aren’t limited to humans, either. At Party City, Supergirl and Wonder Woman doggie costumes were priced 30 percent higher than Superman costumes ($16.99 versus $12.99). Batgirl costumes, meanwhile, were selling for $19.99, a 33 percent premium on Batman’s $14.99 price tag.
Pet costumes have been gaining popularity in recent years, with 16 percent of Americans saying they’ll dress up their dogs, cats and bunnies for Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation. The most popular costumes for pets were gender-neutral pumpkins, hot dogs and bumblebees.
As for Lawrie, he has yet to buy costumes for Harry and Brody. The dogs already have wigs, but Lawrie says he’s waiting for PetSmart to remove its labeling before he makes his purchase. “Even if it’s just on principle, this is important,” he said. “I’m waiting until they fix it.”
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10 Offensive Halloween Costumes That Shouldn't Exist

Let’s just cancel Halloween because face it – you’re going to offend some one, some way, some how.
Cosmopolitan: And a guide to ones you shouldn’t wear in general: Are you the type of human who trolls people with no regard for how anyone else feels? Hopefully not. If you’d rather not make a bad costume choice in poor taste, read on for a not-comprehensive list of offensive costumes to avoid if you’re not terrible.
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Number 1 Caitlyn Jenner: You might wonder why it’s fine to dress up as some celebrities and not as Caitlyn Jenner. Halloween can be confusing that way. If the day is pretty much a free-for-all, why shouldn’t you get a free pass? (Because it doesn’t work like that.)
Here’s a summary of why going as Caitlyn Jenner for Halloween is a no-no, according to the Change.org petition demanding that Spirit Halloween no longer sell the costume pictured: “To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse. In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.”
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Number 2 Decathlete: See number 1. On top of that, making reference to Caitlyn Jenner’s past only further subjects her to mockery.
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Number 3 Cecil the Lion: “Show your support for all wildlife” by buying this costume, encourages lingerie vendor Yandy.com, but even with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the World Wildlife Fund, dressing as Cecil the Lion — and a sexy one, at that — just makes you look tacky.
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Number 4 Lion Killer Dentist: Yeah, Halloween’s supposed to be ghoulish, but this is unnecessary. Just steer clear of this Dr. Walter Palmer (aka the most reviled American of the year) getup, complete with a Cecil head, and indulge in your sense of macabre by going to the haunted house instead.
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Number 6 Joking References to Police Brutality/Black Lives Matter: Rebel Wilson made this mistake so you don’t have to. Like so many have already said, police violence and victims of police brutality shouldn’t be rendered humorous.
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Number 8 Racist Stereotypes: Nope, you can’t go out wearing a sombrero with a fake mustache and a serape. Neither can you be a “dragon lady geisha,” an “Arab,” or any other super-racist depiction of an ethnic group.
See the rest here.
I guess we should all just stay home and eat the candy ourselves!
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Minnesota university encourages ‘respectful’ Halloween costumes, student told Pocahontas is 'offensive'

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Campus Reform: The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) has become the latest school to urge students to be “respectful” while celebrating Halloween.
“The office of Academic Affairs is encouraging students to celebrate Halloween with respect at UMD, referencing goal two of UMD’s strategic plan,” UMD’s student newspaper, The Statesman said. “Goal two is to create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice. This applied to Halloween as students decide on what costumes to wear.”

UMD’s strategic plan was created in 2011 to outline the university’s goals and values.

“Students often strive to come up with creative and witty costumes. However, this sometimes leads to a costume that, intentionally or not, can make someone feel disrespected or stereotyped,” the article went on to say.
According to The Statesman, one UMD student was planning to dress up as the Disney princess Pocahontas for Halloween until a Native American peer informed her that that costume was “offensive.”
UMD is not the first university to follow the politically correct trend, as students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of North Dakota received similar warnings in the last few weeks.
Cody Symes, a senior at UMD, told Campus Reform that as long as the university is not telling students they cannot wear offensive costumes and is just telling them to be mindful, it is not doing anything wrong.
As for what is offensive, Symes said he does not have a clear answer and it is “completely subjective,” but if anything could be it would be racial stereotypes. “Everything is going to offend someone at some point,” Symes said. “If you’re okay with people being angry with you, go ahead and do it.”
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Liberals are such party poopers: How To Enjoy Halloween Candy Without Worrying About Ruining The Planet

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Think Progress: This year, Halloween candy sales could top $2.5 billion this year across the United States, with chocolate being the heavy favorite for most consumers. The problem, apart from tooth decay and the consequences of high-sugar diets, is that many of the candies Americans will be consuming in large quantities contain a little-known ingredient that may not be flashy, but can have serious consequences for the climate.
Palm oil, the world’s most-used cooking oil, is cheap and versatile, trans-fat-free, and found in everything from food to makeup, biofuels to candles, cleaning agents to candies. In 2013, the world produced 50 million metric tons of the stuff — in comparison, it produced less than three million tons of olive oil.
Ordinarily a useful industrial and food product that could grow back and renew itself would be a climate boon, but palm oil has a problem. It can only grow in tropical climates, and palm plantations require a great deal of clear-cut land to produce the oil — most current cultivation is in Indonesia and Malaysia. This means deforestation and the massive amounts of carbon released into the atmosphere that comes with it, but also the loss of peatlands, a far less sexy but just as significant climate problem. As Harrison Ford discovered in this year’s big climate documentary series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” peat contains much more carbon than tropical forests do, so when plantations drain peatlands, that carbon gets released into the atmosphere.
So there are plenty of ways to unsustainably produce the palm contained in millions of pieces of Halloween candy. Does that mean kids should be limited to trick-or-treating at houses that offer locally-grown fruits and veggies? While there are plenty of health reasons to cut down on candy consumption, fortunately there are resources to help pick good palm oil candies from the bad.
Rainforest Foundation U.K. has a palm oil product guide, which rates chocolate manufacturers on a one to twenty “ethical score.” Ethical Consumer, which did the research for the guide, says that top scores either mean the company uses no palm oil or 100 percent Fairtrade palm oil. Italian confectioner Ferrero bottomed out with a score of one while Mars only reached a seven. Nestle was rated a bit better with a twelve, Lindt hit 14, and Booja Booja and Divine Chocolate aced the guide with perfect “20″ ethical scores.
The El Paso Zoo lists a few dozen candy brands that contain palm oil and several dozen more than contain none. If you aren’t sure, go by the ingredient list, but it’s not enough to look for “palm oil” there. Often companies use different names or derivatives, but the Cheyanne Mountain zoo’s palm oil webpage contains a comprehensive list of possible palm oil ingredient names. Some of the most common ones are “vegetable oil,” “stearate,” or “stearyl.”
The sure-fire winners either skip palm oil altogether or deliberately source it from sustainable producers. Diana Donlon, the Director of the Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign, writes in Huffington Post that parents and other candy consumers can vote with their wallets this year. She details four chocolatiers who use ethical palm oil or no palm oil at all:

  • Endangered Species Chocolate: uses a high certification for its chocolate and donates 10 percent of net profits to conservation groups
  • Justin’s: uses palm oil from highly-ranked climate- and conservation-friendly palm oil producer Agropalma
  • Equal Exchange: doesn’t use palm oil at all, and works with small farmer co-ops
  • Alter Eco: uses organic, fair trade coconut oil

Eating other kinds of junk food may still clog your arteries, but it doesn’t always have to be bad for the climate. Last month, both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts announced they would be committing to sourcing the palm oil they use from distributors that don’t worsen deforestation. This followed sugary breakfast cereal-maker Kellogg, as well as chocolate giants Hershey Company and Nestle, who made similar demands of their palm oil suppliers.
Keep calm and get your candy on!
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People PAY for this: 'Extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares

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Independent UK: McKamey Manor in San Diego, California isn’t your usual haunted house, instead of sighing at pop-up ghosts you can see fairground operators smoking a cigarette behind, you’re bound, gagged, drenched in blood and terrorised for four to seven hours.

Claiming to be the world’s most extreme haunted house, it grinds down guests through sheer terror, force feeding them, riding them, shouting in their  faces, shutting them in small boxes and much, much more.
Sound like the worst way to spend a night ever yes? Well apparently not, because there’s 24,000 people on the waiting list. Here’s a trailer it shot for 2013’s Scare LA convention:
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All guests are required to sign a waiver before entering and are health checked to ensure they can ensure the stress of the ordeal.
One couple decided to go there straight after their wedding, because what better way to celebrate the joyous union of marriage than by having your heads put in cages full of snakes and being forced to eat rotten eggs?
Still think you could brave it? Here’s some nice stills for you:
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The trailer caused a huge argument in the ever inflammatory YouTube comments section this month, when one viewer asked how guests could say a ‘safe word’ with their mouths taped up. McKamey Manor dodged the question, but did provide some more enlightening info about its safety protocols:
“LOL…you’re taking this MUCH to serious, but I do understand. When a person is selected to take the tour…and after they pass all my requirements, than the games begin. The folks who seek us out are true haunted house fans who no longer get scared at a typical “Boo” haunt. So all of them know exactly what the haunt is all about. They have followed us, and seen us on TV and have watched all the movies. So they really do know. But I still try to talk them out of it…but they never listen..lol. These folks want the “Live Your Own Horror Movie” experience. In all our years of running an extreme haunt…no guests have been injured. They think they will be…that’s what get their blood going. Its like being on a roller coaster or some other thrill ride. Yes they sign waivers and are well warned. Ant they know that once they are in…there in no escape until the tour is completed. That’s why (especially with the new haunt), I have to make sure they can physically handle this little adventure. What you have seen in the past videos is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING compared to how it is now. Just imagine…only TWO guests take this massive tour at a time. That means they can expect to be going through stunt after stunt for at least 4 hours. How scary is that…and THEY LOVE IT! I’m also there every step of the way filming them and making sure they are safe. Safety is alway paramount. It’s all a big mind game. We control everything. What they see, what they hear, what they smell etc. We are the puppet masters and they gladly come along for this unique one of a kind adventure. We have folks flying in form all around the world to take the tour. In October we have a couple from England coming all this way to get married and to go through the haunt. We also have a woman who is such a huge fan that she is spending her vacation just to come and see us. She’s traveling from Kuwait! Those two will be in the movie called “Haunter The Movie” which has been filming for the last year or so. Soooooo, I hope this explains things a bit. We are just normal folks putting on the scariest and craziest home haunt anywhere. We do all this for the love of the fans, and because we have so much fun entertaining the folks. So please try not to worry…all is fine, and everyone is actually having the time of their lives. But I’m glad my movies freaked you out a bit…I guess that means I was successful…lol.”
I have no words for this. I could barely watch a minute of the video. Just horrifying that someone could get a “thrill” out of this.
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Seattle school is a killjoy!

Gone are the good ol’ days…

Seattle Elementary School Bans Halloween Costumes

CBS Seattle: A Seattle school has banned students from celebrating a new holiday this year: Halloween.

Lafayette Elementary School has decided to not allow students to dress up in costume for Halloween this year. And there is still some discrepancy between parents and the administration as to why the ban has been implemented this fall.

The decision was first reported by the district (Seattle Public Schools) as being a preventative measure in the event that Halloween costumes could offend and upset students who come from other cultures. Dozens of parents complained to the school over the measure demanding a detailed explanation.

Lafayette’s principal, Shauna Heath, e-mailed media outlets, including The West Seattle Blog, arguing the decision was made because of the limited instructional time that falls on Halloween this year. Seattle Public Schools observe a half-day of instruction on Wednesday, October 31.

“This decision was made by the entire staff after two deep and detailed discussions. The initial conversation was initiated by staff members who suggested that since Halloween falls this year on a half day of school, we not allow costumes. It takes students a while to change into their costumes, and students are distracted taking away from the already limited instructional time.

“The Lafayette Staff met again on Monday, revisiting and recommitting to their decision of no costumes so that we can focus on academics during the limited time we have available. The staff has committed to continuing the conversation throughout the year before deciding on what we will do in the future about Halloween celebrations.”

“I was just really sad and I had to fight back tears,” fourth-grader Leilani Nitkey told KCPQ-TV. CBS affiliate KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reports the school announced it will be hosting a “Harvest Party” in lieu of a costume party.

One parent told The Seattle Time that earlier in the week a school vice principal told him the costumes were banned because observing Halloween might be offensive to some students, but the school said that wasn’t the case. Some parents say that although Halloween has its roots as a religious observance, it’s now a secular holiday that shouldn’t be considered offensive. “It seems like another one of those things where kids are no longer allowed to be kids,” parent Hart Rusen told KCPQ.

However, the root of the ban is still up for debate in the township.

So no time to dress up in Halloween costumes yet time for a Harvest Party? So much for the “limited” instructional time.

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Sex offenders want the right to have kids visit on Halloween

There is nothing more sacred than the innocence of children.  I have not one nice word to say about anyone who would harm a child.  This article boils my blood…

Sex Offenders Sue to Overturn Simi Valley Halloween Restrictions

NBC Los Angeles: An attorney representing five Simi Valley sex offenders who sued the city over limits to their Halloween activities said the lawsuit will be the first of several she expects to file over such restrictions.

Lawyer Janice Bellucci heads the 18-month-old advocacy group California Reform Sex Offender Laws. On Friday, she filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Simi Valley’s ordinance violates her clients’ First Amendment rights.

The suit seeks a judge’s order prohibiting enforcement of the ordinance in Simi Valley, which has 119 registered sex offenders, according to a city report. Bellucci is representing five unnamed sex offenders, three of their spouses and two minor children, she said.

The ordinance, adopted Sept. 10, prohibits registered sex offenders in the Ventura County city of about 125,000 from displaying Halloween decorations, answering the door to trick-or-treaters or having outside lighting after dark on Oct. 31.

Simi Valley councilman and LAPD officer Mike Judge said the law is modeled after similar Halloween laws enforced in other California cities, and is meant to protect children. “This law was generated by citizens asking the City Council to do something,” Judge said. “And it didn’t seem unreasonable for the City Council to take it up. As far as I’m concerned, our law doesn’t go as far as other laws in the state of California and it still, in our opinion, protects our children a little bit better than not having it.”

Registered sex offenders are also required to post signs with on their front doors reading, in 1-inch letters, “No candy or treats at this residence.” Those offenders visible to the public on the state’s Megan’s Law website and convicted of a crime against a child are required to post the sign.

Bellucci said the sign-posting requirement was “particularly egregious.”We consider that to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution,” Bellucci said Tuesday. The ordinance both imposes “forced speech” – the sign – and restricts speech by prohibiting Halloween celebrations, she said. “It’s similar to Jews in Nazi Germany who had to wear the yellow star on their clothing,” Bellucci said.

The Simi Valley measure is part of a trend of increasing strict restrictions on the activities of convicted sex offenders who have “paid their debt to society,” Bellucci said. Her organization intends to begin filing lawsuits to challenge other statutes, she said.

The office of Simi Valley City Attorney Marjorie Baxter said the city had not been served with Bellucci’s complaint, so it had no comment as of Tuesday afternoon. Baxter was quoted in the Ventura County Star, which first reported on the lawsuit, as saying: “We thoroughly researched the ordinance and I don’t feel the lawsuit has any merit, and we will defend it vigorously.”

At an Aug. 20 initial City Council hearing on the ordinance, a deputy city attorney told council members that “traditional trick or treat activities associated with Halloween provide have the potential to provide significant opportunities for sex offenders to victimize minors.”

Just trying to keep kids safe…

Council members at that time expressed some concern about legal repercussions, as well as worries that residents who decide not to decorate will be thought by neighbors to be sex offenders.

The police chief told the council that he could find no records of a sex crime against a child on Halloween in Simi Valley. Those who are convicted of violating the ordinance would be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in county jail, according to a city staff report.

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"I Ate All Your Candy"

Watch little kids react to their parents confessing they’d eaten all the kids’ Halloween candy. Hilarious 😀
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H/t The Blaze.
~Eowyn

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A Tad Late II

Yeah, I know Halloween is over, but I just got this today, and it is most definitely worth sharing:

Greatest Halloween Card Ever

Click here.

-Dave
(h/t: My friend Robyn)

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Appropriate Halloween costume?

Remember the pageant mom that dressed her 3-year-old girl as “Pretty Woman”?

3-year-old "Pretty Woman"


Well, she came up with a great Halloween costume for her little girl…

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I just gotta wonder how this little girl is going to survive her teenager years.
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