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This year’s most popular (and relevant) halloween costumes.
It’s that time of year again, when all things spooky come out to play.
Halloween, our annual celebration of the scary, has long been a showcase for ghost costumes and vampire teeth. This year, though, the most popular costumes might look a little different.
Barbie, Spider-Man and Wednesday Addams (from “The Addams Family”) are among the most searched costumes ideas in the US this year, according to Google Trends’ Frightgeist , which analyzes the most-searched costume ideas across the country.
If you still haven’t found a costume idea , fear not. CNN has you covered with five topical, yet still popular, Halloween costume ideas guaranteed to stun.
Of course, after “Barbie” made history with a $1 billion box office run , the doll is almost guaranteed to appear at your local Halloween party or trunk-or-treat. The Mattel favorite is the most-searched Halloween costume of the year, begging the question: How can you do Barbie, without unintentionally twinning with everyone else at the event?
We have an answer. Instead of focusing on generic Barbie — think pink dress — try mixing it up. Kate McKinnon’s Weird Barbie , in her messy hair and colorful outfit, is topical yet not overplayed. There are also a myriad of Kens to choose from, including Ryan Gosling in a fringed leather vest, or Ncuti Gatwa in colorful workout gear. If you’re dedicated to Stereotypical Barbie , try pulling a look from a specific scene, like Margot Robbie’s neon pink roller skating outfit or her vintage black and white swimsuit.
For those really looking to reference a deep cut, dressing up as something around the “Barbie” movie would also be a fun subversion of expectations, like going as director Greta Gerwig at Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” tour. (“Barbie,” which was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, shares parent company Warner Bros. Discovery with CNN.)
After the “ Barbenheimer ” summer takeover, we’d be remiss not to mention “Oppenheimer” (though this is one option not trending on Google’s Frightgeist).
While dressing up as the man who created the atomic bomb can be terrifying on its own — and rather simple, with just a suit jacket, tie and top hat — we would also like to offer “Barbenheimer” itself, a mashup of Barbie and Oppenheimer.
However you portray the mashup is up to you. A pink suit with a pink top hat, mayhaps? Or a classic Barbie costume paired with a brooding look and a pipe? The options are endless.
Like the “Barbie” movie, the success of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” presents a verifiable buffet of options .
The classic superhero is the third most searched Halloween costume this year (falling from its No. 2 ranking last year ), which means there are sure to be some dupes at your party. Drawing on the movie, which revisits the Spidey multiverse, might help.
Though Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy are classic characters to mimic, dressing up as Spider-Punk from the film is sure to be a hit — and you’d look incredibly cool. Dad Peter Parker is also a great, low-effort option: his most memorable scene features him in a pink bathrobe with a baby strapped to his chest, easily recreated with a baby doll. Plus, you’ll be comfy all night.
Netflix released its series “Wednesday,” a spin-off of “The Addams Family,” last November, after Halloween had already passed, thus robbing everyone’s favorite goth of her shining moment as a top Halloween costume for 2022.
This year, Wednesday Addams is getting her due. She’s the sixth most searched Halloween costume in 2023, and while everyone else may have forgotten about her iconic twin braids and angry glare, you can easily pay homage.
Bear — any bear — rounds out the top 20 most-searched Halloween costumes. The joy of this costume is in its flexibility.
You could go as defensive mama bear 128 Grazer , the winner of this year’s Fat Bear Week contest. Or, you could try your hand as a Malayan sun bear , a small bear species that are so human-like, some thought they were simply people dressed in a bear costume . (The theory gained so much traction that a Chinese zoo had to issue a statement asserting that their bears were actually bears. No early Halloween pranks here!)
Or, you could go the pop culture route, and dress up as a character from “ The Bear,” an FX show about a Chicago restaurant, which saw its second season air over the summer.
With an apron and bear ears, you could even be a bear in “The Bear.” It’s Halloween; there are no rules.
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On the evening of her seventeenth birthday, Katie receives an ultimatum from a vampire—she must find the mysterious ghost girl or lose the life-saving cure that was given to her. The only trouble is the ghost girl is just a legend—she doesn’t exist. At the same time, Katie’s sleepy hometown of Elspeth’s Grove begins to be plagued by ghosts, and Katie learns that the ghost girl may not be that illusory after all. As Katie sets out in pursuit of the phantom figure, her beloved William follows her. But Katie is determined to keep him out—the cure she is trying to protect was given to her for him. Katie’s search is further complicated by the fact that she has lost her powers. Will Katie get her powers back in time? Or will the mysterious ghost girl prevail?
On the evening of her seventeenth birthday, Katie receives an ultimatum from a vampire—she must find the mysterious ghost girl or lose the life-saving cure that was given to her. The only trouble is...
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I enjoyed this book. It's a different twist on the paranormal. I liked meeting all the main characters and following them on their journey. I did think it was slow in some places and maybe a bit longer than necessary, but the ending was very satisfactory. #GhostGirl #NetGalley
A cool book to read. Everyone should read it at least once....maybe twice. The charscters are believeable.
I enjoyed this book, however, I did feel I was missing pieces of the story, since I had not read the other books in the series. When I have some more free time, I will be looking for those books, as it was an entertaining story.
A different paranormal story about vampires, spirits. Good drama,characters and intrigue . A took awhile to get into book but was a good story. Voluntarily reviewed.
As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. There's nothing like starting a new series and binge reading it in just a few short weeks. You pick it up, you get so into it you're compelled to read ALL THE BOOKS as quickly as possible. Essentially, that is what I did with Catherine Mesick's darkly intriguing Pure series. I know, I know, I'm doing my reviews backwards--but I kind of have to, considering I purchased the other books and requested this one off of NetGalley. Bare with me! Ghost Girl intrigued me on many levels. First, I did that thing we're not supposed to do: I judged it based on its absolutely stunning cover art. I'm in love with it! All that purple! Second, the description was just calling to me. It sounded like it was somewhere between Gothic Fiction and paranormal fiction. What stands out about Ghost Girl, and the Pure series as a whole, is that it has this glimmer of uniqueness that many of its counterparts don't. There are many archetypes in it that are common. There are many familiar traits to the overall story arch. Catherine Mesick doesn't allow it to stick to the basics, though, and weaves a story that is just, ahem, pure fun. Which makes it work. Regardless of why I decided to pick up the series, I'm glad that I did. The series follows Katie as she is taken on a whirlwind adventure of sorts from the time she is sixteen onward. To sum up the series in a few short words: captivating, mysterious and fun. While some of the earlier books took a few turns I had to really work to focus on, Ghost Girl is perhaps the best installment of the four. I found myself deeply invested in Katie's life compared to where she was when the series began and I thought it all unraveled quite uniquely. Overall, Ghost Girl is beautifully written and certainly satisfied my taste for the paranormal. I loved the characters, the mythology, the setting and plots. It's fast paced, energetic and full of intrigue.
This book was definitely a different twist on paranormal. I haven’t read her other books and I was afraid going into this one, but I’m glad it did. I’ll now have to go and read the first 3 and re read this one. The characters were likeable and it was beautifully written
A really enjoyable read and would be happy reading other works by this author. Will be keeping an eye out for sure.
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Generate molecular repulsion fields that "phase" her body so that it passes unimpeded through solid matter, able to phase larger structures while in contact with them, making them insubstantial as well
Lilli Stephens was raised by her grandfather on his cattle ranch until his death, after which Lilli was sent to the orphanage in Orloo known as Hull House, a mysterious facility with ties to Department H and home to the “Legacy Program.” Growing up in Hull House, Lilli developed a strong friendship with another girl called Claire. Lilli's life was turned upside down once again when her mutant power of intangibility manifested itself. The orphanage's headmistress, the stern Beatrice de le Salle, contacted Department H's Coordinator Proctor, who decided that it was time for Lilli to be transferred to Department H. [Alpha Flight (2nd series) #4, #2]
Lilli accepted her pre-determined fate and everything that happened to her upon her arrival – various tests, supplements she was forced to take, as well as having a tattoo branded on her lower back. However, when Lilli asked if she could call her friend back at Hull House, Coordinator Proctor informed her that Hull House was her past and that she needed to settle in to her future. [Alpha Flight (2nd series) #4]
Lilli's next encounter with an Alphan also happened by accident. When she was roaming the corridors, she literally bumped into Puck. Scared, she assured him she would return to her room, but Puck was interested in talking to her. She revealed to him that she was supposed to join Alpha Flight, but the only thing that has happened to her so far was training and tests. When they parted, Puck promised he would find out what was supposed to be happening to her. However, Puck didn't get the chance as he and Alpha Flight were sent on a mission. Lilli became increasingly disturbed at Department H and wanted simply to go back to Hull House. The Epsilon guards had trouble with her as she became intangible and wouldn't let them touch her. General Clarke was soon called to the disturbance and assured Lilli that she could return back to Hull House. Lilli calmed down and was given an injection that was supposed to remove the branding that she received upon her arrival. [Alpha Flight (2nd series) #8-9]
The situation for Lilli only got worse though, as she was locked away in the new Beta Flight wing within Department H. This Beta Flight wing was where potential Alpha Flight recruits were tested for usefulness, and former Alpha Flight heroes, like Diamond Lil, were experimented on. Lilli was being kept in a stasis tank when Diamond Lil woke from an experiment and saw the familiar girl once again. [Alpha Flight (2nd series) #11]
Lilli began to spend time with the Alpha Flight members who were close to her age – Radius, Murmur and, of course, Flex. The obvious attraction between the two remained evident and Lilli showed concern for him when he and Radius, his brother, were dealing with personal issues. However, when secrets within Department H began to threaten Alpha Flight, Lilli was drawn into a deadly battle between the current Alpha Flight, the surviving original team and the latest Weapon X. Even still, the mission enabled Lilli and Flex to spend time together.
During the life-and-death assignment, Ghost Girl was partnered with Flex and Puck to get inside the mysterious building known as the Hellpounder. With time limited and access near impossible, Ghost Girl was able to demonstrate her mutant power under pressure, phasing the hull of the Hellpounder, enabling Puck and a somewhat embarrassed Flex to pass through her. Both Alpha Flight teams, with the assistance of Ghost Girl, were able to save Canada from Weapon X. Lilli seemed to enjoy herself in aiding Canada's premiere super heroes. [Alpha Flight (2nd series) #18-20]
In the aftermath, Alpha Flight was once again re-organized. With the return of the original members, the newer recruits were relegated to a secondary Beta Flight team, in which Ghost Girl was included. [Wolverine (2nd series) #142]
However, since then, the new Beta Flight team has not been seen as part of any subsequent Alpha Flight / Department H restructuring. Following the death of Diamond Lil, it appears we may never know their connection, if any. Despite her seeming eagerness to be a part of Alpha Flight, it is unknown why Ghost Girl has not been seen with Canada's premiere super heroes recently. Perhaps she and Flex decided to act upon their feelings for each other and opted for a quiet life, attending university. Still, given Ghost Girl's apparent enjoyment of heroics, it may only be time before she is called upon to assist Canada's Alpha Flight once again.
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The ghost girl is a specter and a character of the day that appeared in Ghoul Daze! . She is an evil spirit that tries to capture humans and bring them to the spirit world .
She first appeared in the bushes, waving her hands and asking Conway to play with her. During the night, Conway followed her on the way to a cliff, but Dusknoir saved him. The ghost girl also lured Meowth with food, but Dusknoir appeared to stop her.
The girl later beckoned Ash and Angie to follow her to the Summit Ruins . Then, the girl tried to coax Ash and Angie into the mysterious cave, which was actually the entrance to the spirit world. Dusknoir prepared to attack the girl, but Ash and Angie battled Dusknoir to protect the girl. Dusknoir turned around to protect the two, blasted the girl into the spirit world, and collapsed the cave entrance, leaving her trapped.
- The ghost girl appears in the book Pokémon Chapter Book #1: Diamond and Pearl: Pokémon Academy , a novelization of the episode.
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HONG KONG, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court on Tuesday dismissed a government bid to deny same-sex married couples the right to rent and own public housing saying that it was "discriminatory in nature" and a complete denial of such couples' rights.
The ruling by Hong Kong's Court of Appeal is the latest in a series of legal breakthroughs for gay rights advocates in the global financial hub this year .
The government had challenged two High Court rulings that it was "unconstitutional and unlawful" for the city's housing authority to exclude same-sex couples who married abroad from public housing.
The appeal involved two cases, one in which the authority had declined to consider a permanent resident's application to rent a public flat with his husband, because their marriage in Canada was not recognised in Hong Kong.
The other involved a same-sex couple who were denied joint-ownership of a government-subsidised flat by the authority because their marriage in Britain was not recognised in Hong Kong.
Court of Appeal justices Jeremy Poon, Aarif Barma and Thomas Au said in a written judgment that the authority's treatment of gay married couples was "discriminatory in nature" and they should be afforded equal treatment.
"The differential treatment in the present cases is a more severe form of indirect discrimination than most cases because the criterion is one which same-sex couples can never meet," the judges said in their ruling.
One of the men involved in the second case, Henry Li, welcomed the ruling in a post on Facebook.
Rights group Hong Kong Marriage Equality also welcomed the decision saying it had made clear "that discrimination and unequal treatment on the ground of sexual orientation has no place in public policy decisions".
Hong Kong's top court in September ruled against same-sex marriage but acknowledged the need for same-sex couples "for access to an alternative legal framework in order to meet basic social requirements".
The government was given two years to come up with the framework.
A Hong Kong court in September sided with a married lesbian couple who argued that both women should have parental status over their child born via reciprocal IVF.
Activists in other parts of Asia are watching Hong Kong's courts in the hope that their rulings could influence campaigns for reform elsewhere.
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It was one of Natalie Imbruglia and her friends' first concerts.
After catching the train to Sydney from the Central Coast of New South Wales, they ran through the city's streets, busting to get to the INXS gig.
"We were really up close to the front of the stage," she recalls.
"It was when hormones were raging, and I just remember us all screaming for Michael.
"It was the sexy rock-god thing."
But Imbruglia didn't just spend the night admiring lead singer Michael Hutchence.
She watched on from the front of the crowd, dreaming about trading places with those on the stage.
"Recently, a photographer posted a picture on Instagram and I was tagged in it," she says.
"I see this image of me in the front row of that show, and I literally look like I'm studying, 'How can I get up there?'
"Oh, my God, I just wanted to be up there doing what he's doing."
About a decade later, she was.
An early passion
From very early on in her life, there was no doubt what Imbruglia wanted to do when she grew up.
"I used to say often that I wanted to be a star, which makes me cringe now," she says.
"But also, [I'm] really envious of the confidence that I had.
"That gets beaten out of you, I think, in an industry like this."
Imbruglia soon realised, though, not everyone carried such certainty about their future.
"I remember having a fight with my sister Carla, my older sister, about it," she says.
"I'm like, 'Oh, don't be so ridiculous. Everybody knows what they want to do'.
"She looked at me deadpan and was like, 'No, they don't, and you're really lucky and you should appreciate that'.
"It never had occurred to me that for some people, that's like a lifelong thing to try and figure out what they want to be, what they want to do."
Undeterred by her parents' refusal to enrol her in singing lessons, Imbruglia practised her craft in her own way — sometimes putting on Whitney Houston performances in the backyard, or trying to emulate the voice of Karen Carpenter on road trips with her family.
Taking her power back
Her sense of self-belief and determination paid off in spades.
Imbruglia went from being the girl at the front of the crowd, to the star on the stage.
Her debut album Left of the Middle, and 1997 hit single Torn, catapulted her to the top of the charts worldwide.
"It was a mix of gratitude and terror and excitement," Imbruglia recalls.
But while realising a childhood dream and moving to the United Kingdom might sound like the pinnacle of success, the intensity of the experience wasn't what she had imagined.
"I'm not going to lie, I've always found the fame side of it hard," she says.
"I got very paranoid, and I moved out to Windsor and was hiding away.
"I think the pressure to live up to it was difficult, but also amazing."
Despite her sheer determination, powerhouse vocals and commercial success, Imbruglia wasn't immune to having her worth questioned by those in the music and media industries.
She fielded questions about the connection between her success and her looks, and shares that on one occasion, was asked to audition in a bikini for a guest TV spot.
"I just found it really terrible and dysmorphic," she says.
Imbruglia has spoken openly about her history of body dysmorphia and told Take 5 it began long before she became famous.
After that audition experience, Imbruglia found her voice and the confidence to push back.
"I'd go do a photo shoot, and I wouldn't want to wear the dresses," she says.
"I'd want to cover up, and that was a problem.
"I'd ruffle feathers, but it was taking my power back."
Imbruglia says that included choosing the clothes she wore in the video clip for Torn.
"The way I was dressed and everything, well, that didn't come from nowhere," she says.
"I was like, 'Can I just wear my own clothes?'
"I think all of those things came from feeling very young, like I'd made bad decisions or let things happen that didn't make me comfortable."
Reopening the 'floodgates of creativity'
More recently, Imbruglia has spoken about the years spent struggling with writer's block after being dropped by her label.
She returned to music with her 2021 album Firebird, which was a moment of pride for her and proof she could overcome her writing difficulties.
"A lot of my stifled creativity fell into place," Imbruglia says.
"It was a long, hard five years leading up to that moment."
Another important factor she credits with helping to unleash her creativity is deciding to become a mother and having her son in 2019.
"I hadn't really realised that could be seriously affecting my songwriting as well," Imbruglia says.
Wanting to become a mother but feeling like she "might not get there" had a direct impact on Imbruglia's songwriting.
"Even if you try and ignore it as a woman — and I know a lot of women will relate to this … that's a fundamental primal need, desire [or] want," she says.
"You can see how that could have also opened the floodgates of creativity once that was in place."
While that creativity is what Imbruglia thrives on, she has relinquished the fear of commercial failure in favour of a different driver — finding happiness.
"A lot of my ambition has died," she says.
"When you have success overnight like that, you realise there's nowhere to arrive to. There's no moment where you've made it.
"I enjoy making music and getting excited about things that could happen without any expectation."
Despite the curve balls her career has thrown at her, Imbruglia says if she had her time again she wouldn't change a thing.
"Because the worst things that have happened to me, on the other side of that has been so much better," she says.
"And really, I just want to be happy."
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