Boo! Get in the Halloween spirit here
Netherworld in Norcross, Georgia, featuring this monster is among the 1,200 estimated U.S. haunted houses charging admission.
October 31st, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Boo! Get in the Halloween spirit here

It’s Halloween, as if you and your wallet didn’t already know it. With all the candy, parties and fancy costuming for kids and adults alike - even cutting corners, rounding out the blue-tuxedo "Gangnam Style" outfit might have set you back a penny or two Americans are expected to spend about $8 billion on the event.

Looking for a thrill, or some last-minute costume inspiration? We have you covered.

First, get a quick look at the ways people are pulling off costumes from this year’s Internet memes.  Mitt Romney’s “binder full of women”? Check. The botched Ecco Homo fresco restoration in Italy? Impossible, you say? It can be done.

You know you probably look funny in that moment when a monster surprises you at a haunted house. Let us show you how funny. Check out this gallery of frightened haunted house patrons in Georgia.

We also have quick, simple, homemade costume ideas for the kiddies, from our partners at RealSimple.com.

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  1. TheghostsofAynRand-nothing to teach US

    (Reuters) – Tired of being lectured on democracy, the man known in Russia as "The Magician" for overseeing fraud-marred elections won by Vladimir Putin turned the tables on Wednesday by lambasting the U.S. electoral system.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, im tired of the lectures, how bout you? lol & this year the kids on my block are trick or treating @ my house with a bowl for chrissys chicken and dumplings! Lol They requested it!

    October 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @chrissy:
      Really?
      Text me the recipe.
      I'm looking for a good Americanized version to the one I make.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benn

      YUUUUUM ! They were lucky kids ! : ). I bet they sure will be happy : )

      October 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @banasy that sure made me laugh.
    Good afternoon @chrissy. Wish you luck with the trick & treating and a Happy Halloween.

    Have a safe and restful evening all.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thanks, saywhat.
      Have a great afternoon and evening yourself; we love Halloween here.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benn

      We hope you and everyone also has a safe and happy evening. We are also thinking of everyone in the North East. We sure hope their Halloween will be filled with happiness.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I am sure that the pedovan parked in your driveway will be enough for parents and kids to avoid your house.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    This is shocking. How did CNN get a picture of BOMBO. Oh well, happy pagan candy day, everybody.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Why, Bombo, you handsome devil, you!
      I saw a doc umentary on the origins of trick-or-treating; fascinating.
      It is thought that extra prayers would get people out of Purgatory sooner; kids would go and ask for a cookie in exchange for saying extra prayers to help a loved one get out sooner.
      Weird.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Awww @ saywhat, glad you stayed safe dear man! And JIF too, and is nice to see the both of you posting. Was hoping to see the ignorant individual above, posts deleted by now! Makes me wanta do great bodily harm to him just from reading his nastyness!

    October 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PJ

    I'm going as Fareed with a Photocopier.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    When Christianity spread to parts of Europe, instead of trying to abolish these pagan customs, people tried to introduce ideas which reflected a more Christian world-view. Halloween has since become a confusing mixture of traditions and practices from pagan cultures and Christian tradition.

    By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. During their rule of the Celtic lands, Roman festivals were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The Romans observed the holiday of Feralia, intended to give rest and peace to the departed. Participants made sacrifices in honor of the dead, offered up prayers for them, and made oblations to them. Another festival was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

    As the influence of Christianity spread into Celtic lands, in the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs, to replace the pagan festival of the dead. It was observed on May 13. In 834, Gregory III moved All Saint's Day from May 13 to Nov. 1 and for Christians, this became an opportunity for remembering before God all the saints who had died and all the dead in the Christian community. Oct. 31 thus became All Hallows' Eve ('hallow' means 'saint').

    Sadly, though, many of the customs survived and were blended in with Christianity. Numerous folk customs connected with the pagan observances for the dead have survived to the present.

    In 1517, a monk named Martin Luther honored the faithful saints of the past by choosing All Saints Day (November 1) as the day to publicly charge the Church heirarchy with abandoning biblical faith. This became known as "Reformation Day," a fitting celebration of the restoration the same biblical faith held by the saints throughout church history.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1608

    How did cnn get a pic. of Mitt before make-up?

    October 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I missed the Halloween gathering here by hours. :(

    October 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      But you're here now, JIF; Happy Halloween, dearheart!

      October 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. little mister©

    Hi my name is AnDrewe and I am having a great Halloween. I am giving out slices of pepperoni pizza that are shaped like pumpkins. The kids love coming to my house.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I ate so many pepperoni pizza cat cut outs. Of course I used candy corn for their hats.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wilderness

    Can some one please explain what is going on? I am confused by reading these comments. As I am a Time Traveler in your "Time" from the year 3025. We have no Racism , Hatred, Prejudice in this era. Perhaps this is the time called "Christ" the Yeshua. This is a very strange time of yours, however, very intriguing to see how you humans function. We watch you from the skies and come back in forth to observe you. Also, do not ever get on a spaceship called the "rapture" as it will lead to your demise in an awful dimension. Remember that we are all part of the source. Many of you have been dumned down by Technology that was given to you by the enemy. You call them the demons., We call them the Greys and the bad Reptilians. Stay safe and love your neighbors as yourself. Above all love the creator of all.\

    October 31, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Dumned down? Wth is that? Lol! Is that the same as you being *dumbed down?*

    November 1, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |