BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts trolley driver who paid a man $2,000 to attack him on the job while wearing a Halloween mask has been convicted of perjury and stealing worker's...
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana police captain has apologized for a blackface Halloween costume and his department plans to update sensitivity training following the...
ROSHARON, Texas (AP) — Searchers for a missing 4-year-old Houston girl are looking in an area around a Halloween haunted house.
Texas EquuSearch says its volunteers are searching for Maleah...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017.
UK’s May says politicians have duty to complete Brexit
LONDON (AP) — Granted a Brexit reprieve by the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers Thursday to pause, reflect on the need for compromise — and then fulfill their...
BRUSSELS (AP) — As if Brexit hadn't spooked Britain and the European Union enough over the past three years, the two sides agreed early Thursday to extend the deadline to Halloween.
Man dressed as Santa gets 40 years for Austin fatal shooting
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man dressed as Santa Claus during a 2017 Halloween party in Texas has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the fatal shooting of one guest and the wounding of two others.
Randall Gaston Jones was sentenced Tuesday in Austin. Jones earlier pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault in the attack during an argument at his residence.
Haunted by jeers, town rethinks teen trick-or-treat penalty
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city's penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change.
The Chesapeake City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an amendment to a 50-year-old law that threatens teens with up to six months in jail if they go door-to-door in pursuit of candy on Oct. 31.
‘The View’ host Joy Behar silent on old use of blackface
NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar waded into the day's hot-button issues on "The View" but no mention was made during Friday's live show about her own use of blackface many years ago.
‘The View’ host Joy Behar under fire for use of blackface
NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar and ABC were silent Thursday after an old photo resurfaced of "The View" co-host using makeup to darken her skin for a Halloween costume, the latest flashpoint in a series of blackface scandals making national headlines.
Man choked by LA firefighter to get $7.4 million
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was choked unconscious by an off-duty Los Angeles firefighter who saw him handing out Halloween candy to children will receive $7.4 million to settle a lawsuit, his attorney announced Wednesday.
Samuel Chang suffered a traumatic brain injury, nearly died and still has medical problems from the 2015 attack that was captured on video, attorney David Ring said.
Lawsuit: Amusement park’s Halloween monsters went too far
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A woman and her teen daughter are suing a Pennsylvania amusement park, saying the costumed ghouls at its Halloween attraction were too terrifying.
The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Shannon Sacco and her daughter are seeking more than $150,000 from Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and its parent company, Cedar Fair of Sandusky, Ohio.
Arkansas Senate approves Halloween ban for sex offenders
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved a bill banning sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities with children, including wearing costumes or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Arkansas lawmakers endorse Halloween ban for sex offenders
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bill heading to the Arkansas Senate would ban sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities with children, including wearing costumes or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Conviction stands after appeal in Halloween party death
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed a first-degree murder conviction in the case of a woman who disappeared from a Halloween party, rejecting arguments that DNA was illegally used.
Daniel Clay was convicted of killing a woman in Monroe County in 2014 and stashing her body in woods. Chelsea Bruck's body was found after six months.
The story behind viral Mandeville dragon Christmas display
MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — Dragons, it seems, have far more fans than the Grinch.
One neighbor's outrage over Diana Rowland's Christmas dragons display in her front yard has not proved to be widely shared on social media or by other residents in the Mandeville-area neighborhood.
Halloween after Labor Day? Orlando theme park says yes
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — People complain about Christmas starting in early November.
But in Orlando, Florida, Halloween is going to start just after Labor Day next year.
Universal Orlando Resort announced Wednesday that its Halloween Horror Nights celebration will run on select nights from Friday, Sept. 6 to Saturday, Nov. 2.
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School staffers who donned offensive costumes back in class
MIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) — Teachers and aides put on leave after donning caricatured outfits depicting Mexican people and a border wall for Halloween will return to work, an Idaho school district says, but an interim principal will remain.
The Middleton School District administration announced Wednesday that the staff members will head back to school over the next several days.
Police accuse 11-year-old of putting pins in Halloween candy
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have accused an 11-year-old of placing straight pins inside Halloween candy.
The Salisbury Post quotes the Rowan County Sheriff's Office as saying the child faces felony charges, and has been referred to juvenile court and recommended for a mental evaluation.
Police: Man met girl, 13, on dating app, took her to Florida
BRUCETON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee girl was found in Florida less than 24 hours after she went missing on Halloween.
Bruceton Police Chief Ronnie Stewart tells the Jackson Sun that the 13-year-old's mother called police Oct. 31 when her daughter failed to meet her after trick-or-treating.
Boy, 8, killed in trailer accident to be remembered at vigil
STANTON, Mich. (AP) — A central Michigan community is remembering an 8-year-old boy who died after falling from a trailer carrying children during Halloween trick-or-treating.
WZZM-TV reports that a candlelight vigil for Brady James Sexton was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Sunday along Stanton's E. Main Street.
Iowa City residents asked to compost _ not trash _ pumpkins
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Iowa City are reminding residents to compost their fall pumpkins and leftover Halloween jack-o-lanterns instead of trashing them.
Offensive teacher costumes prompt Idaho school investigation
MIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho school district officials are apologizing after several teachers and staffers at an elementary school donned offensive Halloween costumes, one group in caricatured outfits depicting Mexican people and another group dressed as a border wall emblazoned with "Make America Great Again."
Police: Woman finds metal in Halloween candy
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont say a woman found metal embedded in a piece of candy that a child collected during Halloween.
Authorities say the Middlebury woman gave the Laffy Taffy candy to her dog as a treat Wednesday, and she found the metal object after the dog cut its mouth.
Man says his son bit into pin inside of Halloween candy
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A father says his 12-year-old son bit into a straight pin that was inside of the child's Halloween candy in North Carolina.
The father tells news outlets that the boy bit into a mini Snickers and noticed that something was stuck to the roof of his mouth. The father says it was a straight pin with no head.
Man accused of inappropriately touching trick-or-treaters
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Police in metro Atlanta say a man has been accused of inappropriately touching trick-or-treaters while wearing a jack-o'-lantern mask on Halloween.
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UPS employee fired for wearing blackface as part of costume
SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A UPS employee in Ohio has been fired for wearing blackface as part of her Halloween costume.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports UPS media relations manager Kim Krebs cited the company's strict policies against harassment and discrimination for the dismissal. Krebs says in a statement the company has "no tolerance for hatred, bigotry or prejudice."
Halloween death involving trailer investigated as accident
SHERIDAN, Mich. (AP) — The death of a boy who fell from a trailer that was taking children around a central Michigan community during Halloween trick-or-treating is being investigated as an accident.
State police on Friday identified the child as 8-year-old Brady James Sexton of Montcalm County's Sidney Township. Police earlier said the child was 10 years old .
Police investigate nail in Nebraska Halloween candy bar
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in western Nebraska are investigating a nail found in a Halloween candy bar that was given to a child who was trick-or-treating.
Police: Albuquerque girl bit into candy bar with needle
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are encouraging parents to check their children's Halloween candy after a girl says she bit into a chocolate bar with a sewing needle in it.
Police say the 12-year-old was trick-or-treating at a park Wednesday in northeast Albuquerque. Police noted that the girl's mother said a person in a vehicle was handing out candy there, though it wasn't known if the candy bar with the needle came from that person.
St. Thomas student dies in fall from Minneapolis apartment
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a University of St. Thomas student who fell from a 10th floor apartment in Minneapolis during a Halloween party.
Authorities were called to the Bridges Apartments near the University of Minnesota just before 1 a.m. Thursday. Minneapolis Fire Department Assistant Chief Bryan Tyner says authorities found a woman who had fallen from the 10th floor.
Go-kart driver fractures skull in Halloween parade crash
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an 80-year-old Pennsylvania man driving a go-kart in a Halloween parade at the New Jersey shore fractured his skull when the vehicle flipped over.
Toms River police say the man wasn't wearing a helmet while he performed "maneuvers" in the 80th annual Toms River Halloween parade on Wednesday night. They say the go-kart rolled over and the man's head struck the pavement.
Man wearing Spider Man suit robs candy store on Halloween
HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Police in a Salt Lake City suburb only have a partial description for an armed robber because he was wearing a Spider Man costume when he held up a candy store on Halloween.
Herriman police say the store was robbed of cash Wednesday afternoon by a person who threatened clerks while brandishing a gun and a stun gun.
Lt. Cody Stromberg says anybody who saw the robber outside the store probably didn't think twice because it was Halloween.
Teacher says she didn’t know wearing blackface was offensive
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A teacher in an Iowa district that has been criticized for discriminating against minorities says she regrets wearing blackface for a Halloween costume and that she didn't know it is offensive.
The Davenport school district has said it's investigating teacher Megan Luloff , who wore the makeup for her costume when she attended an Oct. 19 party unconnected to her job.
Police: Man killed, other hurt as paths crossed with gunman
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a man fired gunshots at a gated apartment complex that killed one man and injured another as many people were coming from Halloween celebrations.
Lt. Andrea Webster tells news outlets the men were shot early Thursday as they crossed paths with the shooter at the gate. She says the two were walking out of the apartments in Buckhead as the gunman was entering, and got into an argument that escalated.
Father, daughter killed when struck by car on Halloween
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man and his 5-year-old daughter died after being struck by a car while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
Davie police and family members say 46-year-old Carlos Alvarado Amaya and his daughter, Heidy Orellana Cruz, were struck Wednesday along with his 2-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who suffered a minor injury. She was released to the mother.
3 wounded in shooting at Oklahoma City Halloween party
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say three people were wounded in Oklahoma City in a shooting following a fight at a Halloween party.
Police say none of the injuries as a result of the early Thursday morning shooting appear life-threatening.
Police say a fight had broken out shortly after 1 a.m. during the private party attended by about 150 people at the Farmers Public Market event hall in southwest Oklahoma City.
Heidi Klum channels ‘Shrek’ character for Halloween
NEW YORK (AP) — Heidi Klum might have a tinge of green one day after Halloween.
The supermodel and TV personality dressed as Princess Fiona from "Shrek" for her 19th annual Halloween party on Wednesday. But she didn't buy a costume off the shelf.
The 45-year-old posted her hours-long transformation on Instagram, including the use of prosthetics and lots of olive-green makeup.
Police: 10-year-old dies in fall from trailer on Halloween
SHERIDAN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old child has died after falling from a trailer that was taking children around a central Michigan community during Halloween trick-or-treating.
Revelers kick off NY Halloween parade amid tight security
NEW YORK (AP) — Costumed revelers celebrated Halloween in a jittery New York on Wednesday with the city's police department out in force as precaution a year after the holiday was marred by a deadly truck attack.
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The Latest: Costumed revelers kick off NYC Halloween parade
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Halloween security a year after a deadly truck attack in New York City (all times local):
Throngs of costumed revelers kicked off New York City's big Halloween parade amid tight security after last year's holiday was marred by a deadly truck attack.
The NYPD deployed thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers to patrol Wednesday night's parade in Greenwich Village. They were also joined by counterterrorism units, police dogs and helicopters.
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Many Tennessee sex offenders under strict Halloween curfew
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sex offenders under community supervision in Tennessee are required to be in their homes with the porch lights off on Halloween as part of a 10-day curfew surrounding the holiday. They also cannot decorate or give out candy.
And offenders are not allowed to take children trick or treating or to seasonal activities like corn mazes and hay rides, not even their own children.
Sex offenders to receive Halloween probation visits
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Sex offenders in one Massachusetts city will be getting visits at home on Halloween, but not from trick-or-treaters.
Random visits to Colorado sex offenders planned
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Corrections will randomly check on paroled sex offenders across the state this Halloween to ensure they're not giving out candy to kids.
The agency says only those being supervised under sex offender directives are barred from Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating or answering the door to trick-or-treaters.
Sex offenders are also not allowed to put up decorations at their home that could attract trick-or-treaters.
Olympic champ Shaun White apologizes for Halloween costume
Three-time Olympic champion snowboarder Shaun White has apologized for a Halloween costume that drew criticism from the Special Olympics.
White recently posted and then deleted an Instagram photo showing himself dressed as "Simple Jack," a character with disabilities from the 2008 movie "Tropic Thunder."
Secretary of state urges safe driving during trick-or-treat
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is urging motorists to slow down and use caution as children take to the streets for Halloween trick-or-treating.
White says five people died in Illinois automobile accidents the past two Halloweens. He reminded motorists Tuesday that pint-sized ghosts, witches and skeletons will be out and about Wednesday for trick-or-treating. He says drivers should slow down as children will be crossing streets.