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Some of the best celebrity Halloween costumes over the years

When you’re looking for Halloween inspiration and neat costumes ideas, sometimes it’s best to turn to our favourite celebrities and celebrity couples. They tend to go all-out at their Halloween bashes, and Women’s Post has a round up of some of the best costumes posted on social media.

2016: Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy as Barbie dolls.

This family really put in the work in 2016. The couple appeared as black Barbie and Ken, even in the classic Barbie boxes and perfect doll-like poses.

 

2016: Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera ( Dirrrrrty)

The Kardashian-Jenner clan often make the news around Halloween for their over the top costumes, but Kylie Jenner as old-school Christina Aguilera from the ‘Dirrty’ music video was everything.

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2015: Heidi Klum as Jessica Rabbit

Klum may as well be crowned as the queen of Halloween because her transformations get more stunning each year. Jessica Rabbit never looked so life like.

Thank you @csiriano for my gorgeous #JessicaRabbit gown! #HeidiHalloween

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2014: Kim Kardashian as  Princess Jasmine (again)

This was probably one of the sweetest costume reboots. In 2009 Kim Kardashian-West appeared as Jasmine from the popular disney movie Aladdin and in 2016 she was joined by her daughter North, as a mini Jasmine and her son Saint was baby Aladdin.

 

2016: Heidi Klum as herself and herself and… herself and… wait what?

Heidi Klum cloned herself (not actually) to attend her own epic Halloween bash in 2016. Five Heidis appeared for photo ops and it was honestly hard to spot the real Heidi right away. To bring her clones to life, it reportedly carried a hefty price tag, as the similar models had facial enhancements to look like Klum and one bodysuit cost approximately $1490.

 

 

2012: Emma Roberts as Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman)

This costume doesn’t work for everyone, but Vivian Ward was the most iconic character portrayed in the 1990 hit, Pretty Woman. The iconic role was played by Julia Roberts. Emma Roberts is her niece so that’s why this one makes us say— this is kinda cool!

2014: Katy Perry as a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto

It’s simple, yet fun and sad. Perry was know for her sweeter image back in 2014 but when she attended Kate Hudson’s Halloween bash, she appeared as a lonely, sad Flamin’Hot Cheeto. Perry was definitely missing her other Flamin’ friends as she later went home to post on her Instagram a lip-sync to All by Myself.

IDFWU *drops mic*

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2011: Kelly Ripa and Nick Lachey as Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Back in 2011, Kelly Ripa hosted Live with Regis and Kelly with guest co-host Nick Lachey. The pair presented themselves as newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. The costume was an ironic hit because just hours later, Kardashian filed for divorce just after 72 days of marriage, and a $10 million televised wedding.

2016: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau- The Little Prince

Prime Minister Trudeau had his own little prince as he dressed up in 2016 with his son for Halloween. The pair recreated the look from the classic Le petit Prince by French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Trudeau captioned the image, “A pilot and his little prince.” Can we all collectively awww!

 What will you be this Halloween? Leave a comment below

Summertime in Toronto: It’s time for Carnival

It’s summertime Toronto! And while there are many festivals being hosted this year, one of the most notable events (and one that shouldn’t be missed) is Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival. This year, the exciting street festival will be celebrating 50 years —50 beautiful years of shared cultures, music, costume, dance, and yummy Caribbean foods.

Formally known as ‘Caribana,’ this Caribbean festival is one of the biggest events in North America with guests from the United States and various Caribbean islands.

If you are unfamiliar with the culture of Carnival itself, traditions date back to the abolition of slavery on August 1 in 1834, in the British Caribbean territories. The first noted display of Carnival in the Caribbean was in the late 18th century, on the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad’s Carnival is often held right before Lent on the Christian calendar, as the word Carnival itself means “farewell to meat”. To this day, Trinidad remains a focal point of Caribbean festivities, producing the catchiest Soca beats and featuring the most intricately designed costumes. However, most countries have moved away from the traditional Lenten celebration and have chosen to feature the festival during the summer months.

Carnival yellow blue green

These traditions have spread globally and have made a big impression in Toronto, a city already known for being culturally diverse.  The Caribbean diaspora in Toronto also helps to keep the Toronto Caribbean Carnival season alive with locally-based costume designers that organize events for the public to play Mas in the streets. Some local costume designers and bands that will be displaying their work on the streets during this years festival include, Tribal Carnival , Carnival Nationz, Louis Saldenah, Toronto Revellers, and Venom Carnival just to name a few.

Carnival red outfit

In all, the festival stretches four weeks, with activities starting on July 7 and ending with the final event on Aug. 6.

If you want a true, wild, and exciting taste of Carnival, the grand parade on August 5 will be the main highlight, as colourful bands, costumes, and joyful revellers take over the parade route along the Toronto Lakeshore. This may be overwhelming for some, but Women’s Post has five tips to help you enjoy your first Toronto Caribbean Carnival experience.

  1. Get a costume: Carefully plan and organize the Toronto Caribbean Carnival events you would like to participate in. If you want to play Mas in the streets with a registered band, you must buy one of the designated band costumes and follow their procedures. Paying and registering for a band is better than being a street ‘stormer’ crashing the party. Otherwise dance from the sidelines.
  2. Remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate ! This August is marked to be one of the hottest summer months in Toronto and partying in the sun for extended hours can be draining and dehydrating.
  3. Wear sunblock: It’s that simple. No matter your ethnicity.
  4. Monitor your belongings: The streets will be busy and if you will be dancing and having fun, keep the minimal and essential things you need close to your body.
  5. Have Fun! : Put your inhibitions aside for one day and party in the streets to lively Caribbean music, dance, move your hips and don’t be too shocked if a fellow party-er will come to give you a wine or two ( not the drink but an actual dance where you gyrate your hips ).

Let us know how you are preparing for this year’s Carnival and leave some comments below. Enjoy the fetes !

Summertime in Toronto: It’s time for Carnival

It’s summertime Toronto! And while there are many festivals being hosted this year, one of the most notable events (and one that shouldn’t be missed) is Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival. This year, the exciting street festival will be celebrating 50 years —50 beautiful years of shared cultures, music, costume, dance, and yummy Caribbean foods.

Formally known as ‘Caribana,’ this Caribbean festival is one of the biggest events in North America with guests from the United States and various Caribbean islands.

If you are unfamiliar with the culture of Carnival itself, traditions date back to the abolition of slavery on August 1 in 1834, in the British Caribbean territories. The first noted display of Carnival in the Caribbean was in the late 18th century, on the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad’s Carnival is often held right before Lent on the Christian calendar, as the word Carnival itself means “farewell to meat”. To this day, Trinidad remains a focal point of Caribbean festivities, producing the catchiest Soca beats and featuring the most intricately designed costumes. However, most countries have moved away from the traditional Lenten celebration and have chosen to feature the festival during the summer months.

These traditions have spread globally and have made a big impression in Toronto, a city already known for being culturally diverse.  The Caribbean diaspora in Toronto also helps to keep the Toronto Caribbean Carnival season alive with locally-based costume designers that organize events for the public to play Mas in the streets. Some local costume designers and bands that will be displaying their work on the streets during this years festival include, Tribal Carnival , Carnival Nationz, Louis Saldenah, Toronto Revellers, and Venom Carnival just to name a few.

In all, the festival stretches four weeks, with activities starting on July 7 and ending with the final event on Aug. 6.

If you want a true, wild, and exciting taste of Carnival, the grand parade on August 5 will be the main highlight, as colourful bands, costumes, and joyful revellers take over the parade route along the Toronto Lakeshore. This may be overwhelming for some, but Women’s Post has five tips to help you enjoy your first Toronto Caribbean Carnival experience.

  1. Get a costume: Carefully plan and organize the Toronto Caribbean Carnival events you would like to participate in. If you want to play Mas in the streets with a registered band, you must buy one of the designated band costumes and follow their procedures. Paying and registering for a band is better than being a street ‘stormer’ crashing the party. Otherwise dance from the sidelines.
  2. Remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate ! This August is marked to be one of the hottest summer months in Toronto and partying in the sun for extended hours can be draining and dehydrating.
  3. Wear sunblock: It’s that simple. No matter your ethnicity.
  4. Monitor your belongings: The streets will be busy and if you will be dancing and having fun, keep the minimal and essential things you need close to your body.
  5. Have Fun! : Put your inhibitions aside for one day and party in the streets to lively Caribbean music, dance, move your hips and don’t be too shocked if a fellow party-er will come to give you a wine or two ( not the drink but an actual dance where you gyrate your hips ).

Let us know how you are preparing for this year’s Carnival and leave some comments below. Enjoy the fetes !

Dear Halloween: stop being so sexist

Dear Halloween,

I think you are a lot of fun. When I was a young girl, I relished the opportunity to dress up in a scary costume and go out with my friends at night. The candy — a big plus!

As I grew older, I started to go to parties. My friends and I would watch scary movies, gorge on candy and chocolate, and hit as many haunted houses as possible. Even now, at 26, I enjoy dressing up and going to Halloween-themed parties. It’s just an excuse to be a child again, right?! And there is nothing wrong with that!

But, I have to say: the older I get, the more disappointed I become. You’ve become very sexist, my dearest Halloween, and it’s becoming really hard to love you.

I was having a hard time coming up with a costume idea this year, and decided to go to a party store for inspiration. I wandered up and down the aisles, looking at all of the outfits labelled for women. It was disgraceful. Everything was “sexy”: sexy cat, sexy devil, sexy milkmaid, and sexy foods (you think I’m joking, but I’m not). Anything not labelled “sexy” was revealing in nature. All the dresses were really short and the tops were a little more boobilicious than I would like.

Of course, the male costumes are all weather-appropriate for the month of October in Canada.

Then, I made the mistake of googling “halloween costumes – ideas for women”. Oh dear, Halloween, what have you transformed into?!

You used to be a day of innocence. The day was about the scary stories, the history, and of course, the candy. People honoured the dead in your name! There would be street festivals, family dinners, and cemetery rituals. Now, even the candy is too expensive for people to care. It’s all about what people wear and who takes notice of those legs.

My biggest concern is that kids are growing up thinking this is the norm. Teenage girls are putting on plaid skirts and letting their bras show through their blouses. Girls are plastering their face with glitter and lipstick, going to parties in bikinis, dressed as pop stars or scantily-clad video game characters. The number of people I see on the subway dressed up in outfits that cover very little of their body is startling. And, it increases every year.

To be clear, if a woman wants to dress up like a sexy kitten, that is her prerogative. A woman should feel safe during this holiday to be whoever she wants to be! I’m just arguing for options!

Halloween, I know you don’t have a lot of control over people’s decision-making, but please tell me this is not what you had in mind! Please tell me you didn’t want people to objectify themselves or parade around in skimpy lingerie. Please tell me that this is all a big mistake!

Of course, you can’t tell me anything. You’ve become too commercialized, too selfish, too self-involved to care what you are doing to today’s youth.  I never thought the day would come when I would be disappointed in you, Halloween. I never thought you would give up on your roots.

At the end of the day, I stayed true to myself. I decided against buying one of those horrendous and sexist costumes, and instead purchased some makeup and went as a scary, sewn-together monster.

Because, Halloween, I will never give up on you. Even when you are at your worst.

Sincerely,

Katherine DeClerq

20 creepy Halloween costumes from the past that will freak you out

Halloween costumes aren’t as scary now as they were before. Our costumes are made of plastic, are colourful and vibrant, and even the “frightening” witches or zombies look like cartoons. But, back in the day, people took Halloween seriously. The goal was to make yourself—and your children—look like the walking dead, or if anything, something straight out of a horror film. Most kids wore paper bags or impressive masks, while others chose a more traditional clown getup. Either way, they were absolutely terrifying.

Here are 20 of the most skin-crawling, creepy, and seriously disturbing pictures on the Internet. You can thank Google for this wondrous collection.

Enjoy!

1.I think it also has to do with the farmland behind them…

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cavemancircus.com

2. Apparently, using paper bags as masks is the most cost-efficient way to freak out your neighbours.

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evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com via buzzfeed

3. Remember that cute bumblebee costume you put on your child. Instead, why not try a pig mask.

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usvsth3m.com

4. Current day masks are made of thin plastic—these giant full-head masks are incredibly creepy (and probably heavy).

 

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www.fullredneck.com

5. At least the outfits aren’t creepy. It’s Mickey Mouse!! Just don’t look at the heads.

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theoldphotoalbum.com

6. Nothing is sacred.

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buzzlamp.com

7. When in doubt, put a skull on your child’s head. The perfect outfit.

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via pinterest

8. Note: Clowns are still creepy today, and this is why.

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via pinterest

9. I don’t even know how to caption this one. Who knew sloths could be scary?

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grabberwocky.com

10. And we wonder why some children are so violent?

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mentalfloss.com

11. No one would dare mess with these ladies.

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pinterest

12. This looks like something straight from a horror movie.

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www.clickypix.com

13. How to traumatize your 2-year-old infant 101. Dress like this on Halloween.

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www.clickypix.com

14.You do have to admire the workmanship on those heads.

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pinterest

15. What’s scarier than a clown…a child clown.

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pinterest

16. The old church really sells this picture.

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keithroysdon.wordpress.com

17. This is both creepy AND brilliant! I kind of want to try it next Halloween.

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www.clickypix.com

18. These are some seriously decked out ghosts.

http://imgur.com/gallery/kXVB2
http://imgur.com/gallery/kXVB2

19. These kids know how to make truly frightening masks. Now, imagine its dark out.

http://imgur.com/gallery/kXVB2
http://imgur.com/gallery/kXVB2

20. Ready for the apocalypse.

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www.themysteryworld.com