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Thu October 31, 2013
You're never going to have a costume scarier than these
Mount Rushmore, one of our great nation's most iconic monuments was finished 72 years ago today. Harry Houdini died 87 years ago today.
But all of that is unimportant.
It is Halloween, and Americans have been getting ready for months. What better reason to shell out about $75 dollars on costumes, decorations and candy? (Answer: so many things.)
(If you're one of those people who is just scanning this article for the scary costumes, scroll down.)
Christmas is the only holiday when Americans spend more money on decorations than they do at Halloween.
That being said, Halloween gives us the opportunity to be outrageous and for the community to embrace everyone's efforts of being creative.
In Romeo, Michigan, the residents of Tillson Street go all out on October 31. Maureen Feighan of the Detroit News wrote:
Just two-tenths of a mile long, it draws thousands each year to check out the spooktacular displays...
"I always tell people you have to walk," to see the displays, says Tillson resident Roberta Socia. "The sidewalks are packed with people blocking your view. It really needs to be walked or you'll sit in gridlock."
Halloween looked a lot different 100 years ago. On Stateside today, Cynthia Canty will speak with Bill Loomis, a historian who tlaks about Detroit's Halloween in the 1800s.
In present-day Detroit, one man is trying to revive trick-or-treating in his community. The Detroit Free Press shared this video.
Don't forget about costumes.
This video from Buzzfeed takes a jaunt down memory lane to Halloweens past, when kids wore terrifying outfits.
And finally, I leave you with vintage Halloween costumes, where men dress as sides of bacon and women dress as cabbage.
-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom
H/T: Riley Linebaugh