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HZ US Halloween Decorations
Title:
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Summary: How to have a haunting Halloween
Story No: apus106369
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 29/10/2018 12:27 PM
People: Robert Flores
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From six feet tall werewolves to serial killer clowns, retailers are pulling out all the stops earlier than ever before to capture the spine-chilling Halloween market.

Animatronics are big business this year to help create scary movie theme looks to spook friends and visiting neighbours.

STORYLINE:

A fire-breathing dragon or a life-sized werewolf - these are just some of the popular decorations set to scare people this Halloween.  

Animatronics and inflatables are taking Halloween to the next level as shoppers try to find items to increase the fear factor.

More than 175 million people in the US are planning to celebrate Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

They're expected to spend around 2.7 billion US dollars on decorations alone, with around 50 percent of Americans expected to turn their home or yard into fright-fest.

Total spending for Halloween is likely to reach $9 billion dollars, the second highest amount in the survey's 14-year history.

The Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the United States, has a dedicated Halloween section with hundreds of items to make it a fright to remember.

Robert Flores, department supervisor at The Home Depot says Halloween is now more popular than ever.  

"Compared to a couple of years ago, the space that we've dedicated to Halloween decor has grown, I want to say maybe three times. We have a lot of good stuff in our store that is going to help customers transform their yards into movie sets. We have over 200 skews in store. I'm walking helping my consumers on a daily basis that they are like 'oh my god, where did this dragon come from, how did you fit this dragon here, cant believe it has fog'. They walk down the aisles and they see a werewolf that's crouching that just lunges at them which is really what's getting them excited to get the stuff, take it to their home and then just deck out their yards into animated movie sets."

As more retailers embrace Halloween, shoppers are on the look out for items that are more hair-raising then ever.  

Frank Mottek, senior money anchor at KNX 1070 News Radio, Los Angeles says Halloween spending now covers many categories.

"Halloween spending is very very big, Just look at all the stuff behind me here. People are ready to spend big bucks on costumes, decorations, candy and greeting cards. Nine billion dollars is the estimate for spending this year according to the National Retail Federation, actually slightly lower than the record high of 9.1 billion which we racked up last year but I have a feeling we might see a record this year based on conversations I've had with retailers. Also people are looking to save money. Consumers are very money conscious and some might create their own costumes or go to thrift stores but all in all people are ready to celebrate this holiday in a very big way."

Some of the top items at The Home Depot are an Animated Dragon with Fogging and LED Eyes ($299), a seven-foot tall Towering Werewolf ($189), Wicked Cauldron Witches ($169) and 102-inch Orange and Purple LED Skeleton Arch $129.

"What's big right now, we have a lot of homeowners that come, there shopping trying to outdo their neighbors as far as Halloween decor so they always try and be big and down with lights, animatronics, inflatables, so we have inflatables that are seven feet all the way to 12 feet long. Animatronics that are six feet, the size of a human being, as long as seven feet, so pretty exciting stuff that we have in our stores. We have life size dragon which is something that we've never had before, pretty good exciting, looks realistic and has fog, moves his head up and down so very very entertaining and scary," says Flores.

Aahs gift store on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is a well known source for Halloween party supplies.

Spooky animatronics displays, with sound effects, greet visitors to the store.

Here, terrifying screams and special effects characters take Halloween to the next level.

Some top items are Deadwood Tree ($199.99), Ghostly Go Round and 3 dolls ($199.99), Slim Soul Stealer ($224.99), Winter Dragon ($449.99) and Gargoyle TV ($89.99).

Motteck says Halloween shopping starts earlier each year as do other holidays now.

"Retailers are starting holidays earlier than ever. In fact, we saw in August already the Halloween goodies up which is the earliest that I've ever seen it. In September, we already saw Christmas decorations up which was a real surprise to everybody, nowadays retailers are starting earlier than ever then we've seen before. For example, Amazon has created its own holiday in the middle of July which seems to work for them and other retailers are picking up those cues and deciding when they're going to start the holidays."

But Halloween isn't just for humans, pets are also being catered for.

Costumed canines are big business for US retailers with pet owners set to spend around half a billion dollars this year.

Halloween is marked on 31 October each year.

Hollywood, California, US - 19 October 2018

1. Pull out of dragon with fog machine at The Home Depot store

2. Wide of animated props on store floor

3. Pull out of animatronic Rising Reaper

4. Mid of crouching howling werewolf

5. Close of werewolf mouth

6. Exterior of The Home Depot

7. Pull out to wide of Halloween display

8. Wide of inflatables

9. Tilt down of large inflatable 12 foot Pumpkin Reaper

10. Mid of two headed inflatable dragon

11. Tilt up on inflatable Gargoyle

12. Set up Robert Flores, The Home Depot, department supervisor

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Flores, The Home Depot, department supervisor:

"Compared to a couple of years ago, the space that we've dedicated to Halloween decor has grown, I want to say maybe three times. We have a lot of good stuff in our store that is going to help customers transform their yards into movie sets. We have over 200 skews in store. I'm walking helping my consumers on a daily basis that they are like 'oh my god, where did this dragon come from, how did you fit this dragon here, can't believe it has fog'. They walk down the aisles and they see a werewolf that's crouching that just lunges at them which is really what's getting them excited to get the stuff, take it to their home and then just deck out their yards into animated movie sets."

14. Pull out of shopper

15. Wide of shoppers

16. Mid of man paying at cashier

17. Mid of animatronic Banjo Playing Skeltons

18. Close of banjo player skeleton

19. Set up Frank Mottek, senior money anchor at KNX 1070 News Radio, Los Angeles

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Mottek, senior money anchor at KNX 1070 News Radio, Los Angeles:

"Halloween spending is very very big, Just look at all the stuff behind me here. People are ready to spend big bucks on costumes, decorations, candy and greeting cards. Nine billion dollars is the estimate for spending this year according to the National Retail Federation, actually slightly lower than the record high of 9.1 billion which we racked up last year but I have a feeling we might see a record this year based on conversations I've had with retailers. Also people are looking to save money. Consumers are very money conscious and some might create their own costumes or go to thrift stores but all in all people are ready to celebrate this holiday in a very big way."

21. Wide of dragon

22. Mid of six foot animated werewolf

23. Mid tilt down of Animated Bickering Caldron with Witches $169.99

24. Close up of witch's face

25. Wide of 102' LED Skelton Arch

26. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Flores, The Home Depot, department supervisor:

"What's big right now, we have a lot of homeowners that come, there shopping trying to outdo their neighbors as far as Halloween decor so they always try and be big and down with lights, animatronics, inflatables, so we have inflatables that are seven feet all the way to 12 feet long. Animatronics that are six feet, the size of a human being, as long as seven feet, so pretty exciting stuff that we have in our stores. We have life size dragon which is something that we've never had before, pretty good exciting, looks realistic and has fog, moves his head up and down so very very entertaining and scary."

27. Pull out exterior of Aahs! The Ultimate Gift Store on Sunset Strip

28. Wide interior of animatronic display area

29. Mid of interior animatronic display area

30. Close up of animated reaper

31. Pull out of animated clown holding baby

32. Mid of Deadwood Tree prop

33. Mid of the carousel of dolls

34. Tilt up of Slim Soul Stealer

35. Wide of Animatronic Winter Dragon

36. Close up of Animated gargoyle TV

37. Wide of costumes

38. Pan of pop culture licensed costume characters

39. Wide of masks

40. Mid of masks

41. Wide of general Halloween decor

42. Mid of figures

43. Close of candy eyes

44. Close of Halloween greeting cards

45. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Mottek, senior money anchor at KNX 1070 News Radio, Los Angeles:

"Retailers are starting holidays earlier than ever. In fact, we saw in August already the Halloween goodies up which is the earliest that I've ever seen it. In September, we already saw Christmas decorations up which was a real surprise to everybody, nowadays retailers are starting earlier than ever then we've seen before. For example, Amazon has created its own holiday in the middle of July which seems to work for them and other retailers are picking up those cues and deciding when they're going to start the holidays."

46. Wide of pet costumes

47. Pull out of pet hats

48. Mid of animatronics

49. Close of animatronic Grim Reaper

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HZ US Halloween Pet Costumes
Title:
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Summary: Tricks and treats for costumed canines on Howl-o-ween
Story No: apus106372
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 29/10/2018 12:27 PM
People: Julie Phillips
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LEADIN:

Superheroes, Star Wars and even the Pope are some of the most popular inspirations for pet outfits in Los Angeles this Halloween.

Costumed canines are big business for US retailers with pet owners set to spend around half a billion dollars this year.

STORYLINE:

This caped crusader is ready to enjoy all the fun of Halloween.

But if your pet isn't into superheroes, there's always the option of being a pumpkin or showing a more devilish side.

Dressing up and celebrating the spooky day is big business in the United States, with stores reporting steady growth over the past decade.

A survey by the National Retail Federation for 2018 shows nearly 20 percent of people celebrating Halloween plan to dress their pets in a costume, with total spending expected to be just under half a billion dollars.

This year the most popular animal costumes include pumpkins, hot dogs, bumble bees and devils.

Retailer Pet Smart is one of many popular places to look for costume inspiration.

It has a dedicated section for pet fashion, including sports outfits and superhero costumes.

Customer Julie Phillips and her husband have decided to dress their 11 year old black Chinese pug up as Spiderman.

She says every year there is even more choice.

"It does seem to be getting much more variety every single year and we're going to go down to the little dog park where they are having a little parade and we are going to take our dog down there on Halloween and celebrate and give him a little treat, a healthy one, but yeah, dogs are part of our families and so we celebrate with them," she says.

The Retail Federation survey shows millennials are most likely to put their dog in a costume.

It also says most customers will look online for inspiration with around 29 percent browsing in store.

Brooke Butler is looking for an outfit for her dog Georgie, trying on a variety of options including a pizza slice, sushi and a shark costume before deciding on a pumpkin.

"I think Georgie and I are going to go trick or treating with my niece and my nephew, they are four and six, and I think they will love if she dresses up so I'm going to get a little costume and surprise them and show up in Seattle on their doorstep with Georgie," says Butler.

And Christmas isn't too far away either. Santa outfits are already on sale for discerning furry fashionistas.

Celebrity fashion stylist Ali Levine says this year many owners are trying to match their outfits with their pets.

"As far as trending costumes for pets, we are seeing pumpkin come back as the number one as well as we are seeing hot dogs, bumble bees and the devil, which are our top for categories right now. Now I think people are really having fun with these because these are original staples that you have maybe in your wardrobe or maybe a friend has, you can put together with your pet or if you're shopping it's something that you can constantly reinvent and put your own spin on it. So me as a stylist I would maybe take bumble bee and add some fun bright wings to it. You're seeing that on social media, people are posting all kinds of creative details and styles with their original costumes."

Hollywood Toys and Costumes on Hollywood Blvd has been selling costumes, props and accesories for more than 70 years.

It's now carrying more pet costumes as demand increases. One of its biggest sellers this year is Holy Hound, a Pope dog costume.

Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager says: "Pet costumes are a huge craze. Superheros are always popular. This year we're seeing that people like to dress their pets up as other animals. So we have lion manes and pandas. They're dressing them up as dinosaurs. We have licensed costumes that are really big for Beetlejuice and Star Wars, everything you can match a costume to, a pet wants to be a costume as well."

Superman and Scooby Doo characters are also popular.

Lysholm says business is booming in the lead up to Halloween.

"This time of year is our retail Christmas, to put it in perspective. We do 90 percent of our business in the month of October. Everyone comes here for Halloween, the month of October to get everything that they need for this occasion and we even end up keeping our store hours open later to accommodate the people who come in. We sell to tourists, we sell to people who live in the area and we are prominent among Hollywood Studios who come in and get what they need for their movies."

Halloween is marked on 31st October each year.

Los Angeles, California, US - 18 October 2018

1. Zoom in of dog wearing Batman costume in arms of owner at PetSmart store

2. Mid of dog wearing pumpkin costume

3. Mid of dog wearing devil costume

4. Wide of shopper looking at costumes

5. Pull out of shopper comparing two animal pet costumes

6. Close of customer holding dinosaur costume

7. Pull out of exterior of PetSmart

8. Wide interior

9. Wide of pet costume display rack

10. Mid of pet costumes showing pumpkin, hot dog, bumble bee, devil

11. Wide of various pet costumes on rack

12. Mid of sports costumes

13. Wide of owner putting costume on her dog

14. Mid of owner dressing dog up

15. Close of owner adjusting costume on head

16. Mid of dog wearing Captain America costume

17. Set up Julie Phillips, 52, customer from West Hollywood

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Phillips, customer from West Hollywood:

"It does seem to be getting much more variety every single year and we're going to go down to the little dog park where they are having a little parade and we are going to take our dog down there on Halloween and celebrate and give him a little treat, a healthy one, but yeah, dogs are part of our families and so we celebrate with them."

19. Set up Brooke Butler with her dog Georgie

20. Mid of pizza costume being put on Georgie

21. Close of Georgie wearing pizza costume

22. Close of Georgie wearing sushi costume

23. Mid of Georgie wearing shark costume

24. Mid high angle of Georgie wearing pumpkin costume

25. SOUNDBITE (English) Brooke Butler, customer from West Hollywood:

"I think Georgie and I are going to go trick or treating with my niece and my nephew, they are four and six, and I think they will love if she dresses up so I'm going to get a little costume and surprise them and show up in Seattle on their doorstep with Georgie."

26. Mid of pumpkin, hot dog and bumble bee costume

27. Close of dog wearing devil costume

28. Wide of dog owner playing with Georgie

29. Mid of superhero costumes

30. Wide of Christmas costumes display

31. Close of Christmas costumes display

32. Set up of Ali Levine, fashion stylist

33. SOUNDBITE (English) Ali Levine, Celebrity fashion stylist:

"As far as trending costumes for pets, we are seeing pumpkin come back as the number one as well as we are seeing hot dogs, bumble bees and the devil, which are our top for categories right now. Now I think people are really having fun with these because these are original staples that you have maybe in your wardrobe or maybe a friend has, you can put together with your pet or if you're shopping it's something that you can constantly reinvent and put your own spin on it. So me as a stylist I would maybe take a bumble bee and add some fun bright wings to it. You're seeing that on social media, people are posting all kinds of creative details and styles with their original costumes."

34. Pull out exterior of Hollywood Toys & Costumes store on Hollywood Blvd

35. Wide interior of store

36. Pet costumes rack

37. Close of Star Trek pet costume in bag on rack

38. Mid of Star Wars and superhero costumes on rack

39. Pull out of Star Wars Darth Vader pet costume bag label

40. Close of panda bear costume in bag

41. Close of Beetlejuice dog costume

42. Close of Holy Hound Pope costume for dogs

43. Tracking shot of dog wearing Pope costume

44. Close of dog wearing Pope costume

45. Wide of shoppers in pet costume area

46. Wide of three costumed dogs playing

47. Set up Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager

48. SOUNDBITE (English) Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager:

"Pet costumes are a huge craze. Superheros are always popular. This year we're seeing that people like to dress their pets up as other animals. So we have lion manes and pandas. They're dressing them up as dinosaurs. We have licensed costumes that are really big for Beetlejuice and Star Wars, everything you can match a costume to, a pet wants to be a costume as well."

49. Close of dog wearing Superman costume

50. Close of Scooby-Doo costume in bag

51. SOUNDBITE (English) Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager

"This time of year is our retail Christmas, to put it in perspective. We do 90 percent of our business in the month of October. Everyone comes here for Halloween, the month of October to get everything that they need for this occasion and we even end up keeping our store hours open later to accommodate the people who come in. We sell to tourists, we sell to people who live in the area and we are prominent among Hollywood Studios who come in and get what they need for their movies."

52. Mid of three costumed dogs playing

53. Wide of the three costumed dogs playing

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US Trump Halloween
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Summary: Trump and First Lady hand out Halloween candy to children at White House
Story No: 4179512
Source: POOL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 29/10/2018 01:49 AM
People: Donald Trump , Melania Trump
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TRUMP AND FIRST LADY HAND OUT HALLOWEEN CANDY TO CHILDREN AT WHITE HOUSE

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump marked Halloween at the White House on Sunday (28 OCT. 2018) by handing out candy to children at a festive event on the South Lawn.

The couple passed out White House Hershey bars and Twizzlers to children dressed as superheroes, astronauts and princesses.

The South Portico was decorated with pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks, as a military band played spooky music.

Trump and the first lady were not dressed up, but smiled, chatted and posed for photos with the kids as they distributed treats from wicker baskets.

The White House said the event was attended by military families and local children.

Trump made no remarks at the event, which came a day after a massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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Washington DC - 28 October 2018

1. Various of US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump handing out Halloween candy outside the White House

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HZ US Halloween Pet Costumes
Title:
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Summary: Tricks and treats for costumed canines on Howl-o-ween
Story No: apus106086
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 24/10/2018 12:09 PM
People: Julie Phillips
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LEADIN:

Superheroes, Star Wars and even the Pope are some of the most popular inspirations for pet outfits in Los Angeles this Halloween.

Costumed canines are big business for US retailers with pet owners set to spend around half a billion dollars this year.

STORYLINE:

This caped crusader is ready to enjoy all the fun of Halloween.

But if your pet isn't into superheroes, there's always the option of being a pumpkin or showing a more devilish side.

Dressing up and celebrating the spooky day is big business in the United States, with stores reporting steady growth over the past decade.

A survey by the National Retail Federation for 2018 shows nearly 20 percent of people celebrating Halloween plan to dress their pets in a costume, with total spending expected to be just under half a billion dollars.

This year the most popular animal costumes include pumpkins, hot dogs, bumble bees and devils.

Retailer Pet Smart is one of many popular places to look for costume inspiration.

It has a dedicated section for pet fashion, including sports outfits and superhero costumes.

Customer Julie Phillips and her husband have decided to dress their 11 year old black Chinese pug up as Spiderman.

She says every year there is even more choice.

"It does seem to be getting much more variety every single year and we're going to go down to the little dog park where they are having a little parade and we are going to take our dog down there on Halloween and celebrate and give him a little treat, a healthy one, but yeah, dogs are part of our families and so we celebrate with them," she says.

The Retail Federation survey shows Millennials are most likely to put their dog in a costume.

It also says most customers will look online for inspiration with around 29 percent browsing in store.

Brooke Butler is looking for an outfit for her dog Georgie, trying on a variety of options including a pizza slice, sushi and a shark costume before deciding on a pumpkin.

"I think Georgie and I are going to go trick or treating with my niece and my nephew, they are four and six, and I think they will love if she dresses up so I'm going to get a little costume and surprise them and show up in Seattle on their doorstep with Georgie," says Butler.

And Christmas isn't too far away either. Santa outfits are already on sale for discerning furry fashionistas.

Celebrity fashion stylist Ali Levine says this year many owners are trying to match their outfits with their pets.

"As far as trending costumes for pets, we are seeing pumpkin come back as the number one as well as we are seeing hot dogs, bumble bees and the devil, which are our top for categories right now. Now I think people are really having fun with these because these are original staples that you have maybe in your wardrobe or maybe a friend has, you can put together with your pet or if you're shopping it's something that you can constantly reinvent and put your own spin on it. So me as a stylist I would maybe take bumble bee and add some fun bright wings to it. You're seeing that on social media, people are posting all kinds of creative details and styles with their original costumes," she says.

Hollywood Toys and Costumes on Hollywood Blvd has been selling costumes, props and accesories for more than 70 years.

It's now carrying more pet costumes as demand increases. One of its biggest sellers this year is Holy Hound, a Pope dog costume.

Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager says: "Pet costumes are a huge craze. Superheros are always popular. This year we're seeing that people like to dress their pets up as other animals. So we have lion manes and pandas. They're dressing them up as dinosaurs. We have licensed costumes that are really big for Beetlejuice and Star Wars, everything you can match a costume to, a pet wants to be a costume as well."

Superman and Scooby Doo characters are also popular.

Lysholm says business is booming in the lead up to Halloween.

"This time of year is our retail Christmas, to put it in perspective. We do 90 percent of our business in the month of October. Everyone comes here for Halloween, the month of October to get everything that they need for this occasion and we even end up keeping our store hours even later to accommodate the people who come in. We sell to tourists, we sell to people who live in the area and we are prominent among Hollywood Studios who come in and get what they need for their movies."

Halloween is marked on 31 October each year.

Los Angeles, California, US - 18 October 2018

1. Zoom in of dog wearing Batman costume in arms of owner at PetSmart store

2. Mid of dog wearing pumpkin costume

3. Mid of dog wearing devil costume

4. Wide of shopper looking at costumes

5. Pull out of shopper comparing two animal pet costumes

6. Close of customer holding dinosaur costume

7. Pull out of exterior of PetSmart

8. Wide interior

9. Wide of pet costume display rack

10. Mid of pet costumes showing pumpkin, hot dog, bumble bee, devil

11. Wide of various pet costumes on rack

12. Mid of sports costumes

13. Wide of owner putting costume on her dog

14. Mid of owner dressing dog up

15. Close of owner adjusting costume on head

16. Mid of dog wearing Captain America costume

17. Set up Julie Phillips, 52, customer from West Hollywood

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Phillips, customer from West Hollywood:

"It does seem to be getting much more variety every single year and we're going to go down to the little dog park where they are having a little parade and we are going to take our dog down there on Halloween and celebrate and give him a little treat, a healthy one, but yeah, dogs are part of our families and so we celebrate with them."

19. Set up Brooke Butler with her dog Georgie

20. Mid of pizza costume being put on Georgie

21. Close of Georgie wearing pizza costume

22. Close of Georgie wearing sushi costume

23. Mid of Georgie wearing shark costume

24. Mid high angle of Georgie wearing pumpkin costume

25. SOUNDBITE (English) Brooke Butler, customer from West Hollywood:

"I think Georgie and I are going to go trick or treating with my niece and my nephew, they are four and six, and I think they will love if she dresses up so I'm going to get a little costume and surprise them and show up in Seattle on their doorstep with Georgie."

26. Mid of pumpkin, hot dog and bumble bee costume

27. Close of dog wearing devil costume

28. Wide of dog owner playing with Georgie

29. Mid of superhero costumes

30. Wide of Christmas costumes display

31. Close of Christmas costumes display

32. Set up of Ali Levine, fashion stylist

33. SOUNDBITE (English) Ali Levine, Celebrity fashion stylist:

"As far as trending costumes for pets, we are seeing pumpkin come back as the number one as well as we are seeing hot dogs, bumble bees and the devil, which are our top for categories right now. Now I think people are really having fun with these because these are original staples that you have maybe in your wardrobe or maybe a friend has, you can put together with your pet or if you're shopping it's something that you can constantly reinvent and put your own spin on it. So me as a stylist I would maybe take bumble bee and add some fun bright wings to it. You're seeing that on social media, people are posting all kinds of creative details and styles with their original costumes."

34. Pull out exterior of Hollywood Toys & Costumes store on Hollywood Blvd

35. Wide interior of store

36. Pet costumes rack

37. Close of Star Trek pet costume in bag on rack

38. Mid of Star Wars and superhero costumes on rack

39. Pull out of Star Wars Darth Vader pet costume bag label

40. Close of panda bear costume in bag

41. Close of Beetlejuice dog costume

42. Close of Holy Hound Pope costume for dogs

43. Tracking shot of dog wearing Pope costume

44. Close of dog wearing Pope costume

45. Wide of shoppers in pet costume area

46. Wide of three costumed dogs playing

47. Set up Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager

48. SOUNDBITE (English) Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager:

"Pet costumes are a huge craze. Superheros are always popular. This year we're seeing that people like to dress their pets up as other animals. So we have lion manes and pandas. They're dressing them up as dinosaurs. We have licensed costumes that are really big for Beetlejuice and Star Wars, everything you can match a costume to, a pet wants to be a costume as well."

49. Close of dog wearing Superman costume

50. Close of Scooby-Doo costume in bag

51. SOUNDBITE (English) Megan Lysholm, Hollywood Toys & Costumes, publicity manager

"This time of year is our retail Christmas, to put it in perspective. We do 90 percent of our business in the month of October. Everyone comes here for Halloween, the month of October to get everything that they need for this occasion and we even end up keeping our store hours even later to accommodate the people who come in. We sell to tourists, we sell to people who live in the area and we are prominent among Hollywood Studios who come in and get what they need for their movies."

52. Mid of three costumed dogs playing

53. Wide of the three costumed dogs playing

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US MI Zoo Pumpkins
Title:
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Summary: Halloween arrives early for Detroit Zoo animals
Story No: 4176712
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 10/10/2018 23:55 PM
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Halloween has arrived ahead of schedule at the Detroit Zoo, where inhabitants are enjoying some frightfully good fare.

Animal care staff at the zoo in suburban Royal Oak on Wednesday provided special seasonal munchies to anteaters, great apes, grizzly bears, penguins and vultures, among others.

On the menu: Pumpkins, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies, which are filled with treats that some of the animals get to smash open.

It was all part of the Detroit Zoo's annual Smashing Pumpkins event.

As always, the highlight for many zoo visitors was the distribution of pumpkins to the polar bears, who toiled both above and below the water to acquire their orange surprises.

Curator of mammals Elizabeth Arbaugh says it's the zoo staff's mission to make sure animals' habitats are enriched, and this is a solid — and fun — way to do that.

"It's great fun for the animals, and it's an up close and personal time for guests to come and interact with our zookeepers and see our animals up close," Arbaugh said.

Royal Oak, Michigan – 10 October 2018

1. A member of the Detroit Zoo's animal welfare staff tosses a pumpkin from an elevated position down into a pool of water with a polar bear waiting nearby

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Elizabeth Arbaugh, Detroit Zoo:

"Today is our Smashing Pumpkins event. We've been doing this for many, many years. We do it twice a year during the holidays, during specifically the Halloween holiday. So, we're doing it today, and we'll also do it on the 20th of October. It's a fun event themed around Halloween, so we give our animals here at the zoo one Halloween treat _ healthy Halloween treats: pumpkins, corn stalks and a lot of fun holiday items for them specifically. Some of the pumpkins are carved out with fish in them for the penguins. Some of them are carved out with other treats such as ketchup that we saw with the bears today. So, it's great fun for the animals, and it's an up close and personal time for guests to come and interact with our zookeepers and see our animals up close."

3. Various of polar bears, vultures, chimpanzees, penguins and anteaters taking part in the zoo's Smashing Pumpkins event

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Elizabeth Arbaugh, Detroit Zoo

"Some of these animals they'll come right up to it and tear it apart and eat it. Some of them will slowly investigate, because it's something new they haven't seen in a while. Other animals will push it around for a while and use it as a toy and then tear it apart and eat it. So, it really depends on the species and then it depends on each animal."

5. Various of animals interacting with their pumpkins; and zoo workers rolling out a cart of pumpkins and stalks

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Elizabeth Arbaugh, Detroit Zoo:

"We have our guests here today to see all these events on a schedule, but every single day our zookeepers are providing wonderful things for our animals."

7. A polar bear plays in the water with a pumpkin

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An Oregon man is a one-man pumpkin-growing dynasty.

Steve Daletas of Pleasant Hill, Oregon became a four-time winner of the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Monday in Half Moon Bay, California.

The annual event attracts the biggest pumpkins from up and down the West Coast.

After a forklift gingerly placed his giant gourd into place, the scale indicated the winning weight of 2170 pounds.

The Oregon farmer credits his continuing success at the competition with warming weather in the Pacific Northwest.

With seven-dollars-per-pound going to the winner, Daletas' pumpkin earned him 15 thousand bucks.

It was the second heaviest pumpkin ever weighed at the 40-year-old California event, but it was still far from a U-S record.

That was set just last month when a grower in New Hampshire produced a pumpkin weighing more than 25 hundred pounds.

Last year the record for the heaviest pumpkin in the world was set at a competition in Europe by a Belgium grower whose winning whopper came in at just over 26 hundred pounds.

Half Moon Bay, California - October 8, 2018

1. Emcee sings pumpkin song during weigh-in

2. Pumpkin mascot poses for photo with kids

3. Dog wears pumpkin costume

4. Marching band plays Halloween music

5. Crowd watches pumpkin weigh-ins

6. Entries for "prettiest pumpkin" shown off

7. Steve Daletas' pumpkin guided towards scale

8. Low angle shot of pumpkin lowered onto scale

9. Officials measure Daletas' pumpkin

10. Scale reads 2170 pounds

11. Green growers jacket awarded to Daletas

12. Official writes winning weight on board

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Daletas, Four-Time Pumpkin Growing Champion

"We spend twelve months on this so this is sort of the culmination of many, many months worth of work."

14. Daletas poses behind winning pumpkin

15. Close up of Daletas posing for pictures

16. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Daletas, Four-Time Pumpkin Growing Champion

"This warming trend that we seem to be under, at least right now, has shifted to where I am actually even up to the Seattle area. The summers have been really favorable the last couple of years, where it quite often had been too cold. It's been a good shift for us if you're a pumpkin grower."

17. Picture of 2528 pound US-record pumpkin weighed in New Hampshire last month

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Daletas, Four-Time Pumpkin Growing Champion

"Thousands of people will get pictures with it which is really why we do this in the first place, to put smiles on people's faces. When the festival's over, we'll probably take it home and put it in front of our house."

19. Sleeping baby wears pumpkin hat

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Summary: Jamie Lee Curtis, 'Stranger Things' stars attend opening of Halloween Horror Nights attraction
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Date: 19/09/2018 21:52 PM
People: Gaten Matarazzo , Eli Roth , Caleb McLaughlin , Jamie Lee Curtis , Vanessa Hudgens , Chandler Riggs , Sadie Sink , Bella Thorne
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JAMIE LEE CURTIS, 'STRANGER THINGS' STARS KICK OFF HALLOWEEN SEASON IN LA

Jamie Lee Curtis and some of the "Stranger Things" stars helped kick off Halloween season in Los Angeles at the opening of Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights attraction.

Curtis stars in the new "Halloween" sequel due in theatres next month. The "Horror Nights" attraction features "mazes" based on that franchise and on "Stranger Things." Stars of the Netflix hit stopped by to visit -- including Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo, Priah Ferguson and Caleb McLaughlin.

Also on hand for the launch last Friday (14 SEPTEMBER): rocker Slash and director Eli Roth, producer Jason Blum and actress-singers Vanessa Hudgens and Bella Thorne.

Los Angeles, 14 September 2018

1. Wide shot of arrivlas line at Halloween Horror Nights attractoin at Universal Studios Hollywood

2. Medium of "Halloween 4" poster

3. Medium Jamie Lee Curtis poses for photographers

4. Medum "Stranger Things" poster

5. Wide Sadie Sink poses for photographers

6. Wide "Stranger Things" actors Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo, Priah Ferguson and Caleb McLaughlin

7. Slash poses with Eli Roth

8. Medium Chandler Riggs poses for photographers

9. Close Blumhouse "Horror Nights" poster

10. Producer Jason Blum poses for photographers

11. Vanessa Hudgens poses

12. Close tilt down "Poltergeist" poster

13. Oliver Robins poses

14. Hello Kitty Bride of Frankenstein character on arrivals line

15. Bella Thorne and Mod Sun pose

16. Medium "Halloween Horror Nights" poster

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US Obama Halloween
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Date: 31/10/2016 21:42 PM
People: Barack Obama , Michelle Obama , Michael Jackson
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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted local children and their families on Monday to celebrate their last Halloween in the White House.

Obama told guests it was the one day parents 'don't have to pay attention' to First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating tips, suggesting that the later kids eat their candy the better.

The President and First Lady later handed out candy and snacks to trick-or-treaters donning their Halloween best at the South Portico of the White House.

Washington DC - 31 October 2016

1. Various of US President Barack Obama on stage

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President:

"We just want to say to all the families all the kids it is great to see you guys, we hope you have a great time today, you guys all look scary, or cool or whatever you're trying to be. Awesome, many of you look awesome and we hope you have a great time, we hope parents that on this day at least you don't have to pay attention to Michelle and healthy eating. And in fact the more candy the later you eat the candy the better, because I think you being up all night with a sugar rush is exactly what your parents are looking for."

3. Various of Obama and First Lady dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'

4. Various of children in costume trick-or-treating, Obamas hand out candy

5. Obama greeting young boy dressed as mini President Obama

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US Halloween
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Summary: Past 'Presidents' Mark White House Halloween
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Several impersonators portraying former presidents and first ladies were performed at the White House on Friday as part of public tours of the US President's household, and also in recognition of Halloween.

Teddy Roosevelt, portrayed by actor Gib Young of Indiana, greeted people in the Entrance Hall.

Asked if he was following the current presidential election, Roosevelt demurred: "I promised to be on my good behavior today and not make any comments on our current situation."

A very believable Abraham Lincoln, played by Richard 'Fritz' Klein of Springfield, Illinois posed for photographs under his actual portrait in the State Dining Room.

In the Red Room former first lady Dolley Madison discussed the various ice creams she served while at the White House.

Madison was played by Rebecca Roper from Arlington, Virginia.

In the East Room, a ghostly version of former first lady Abigail Adams, played by Heather Godwin from Washington D.C., walked around accompanied by a performance by the 18th Street Singers

There were a few scattered Halloween decorations, including a large cobweb over one of the East Room fireplaces.

Each room had a sign calling attention to some spooky fact.

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Washington - October 28, 2016

1. Actor playing former president Theodore Roosevelt. UPSOUND (English): "The Roosevelt children loved being in the White House. We had a magnificent time and I would love to be president again sometime. And if I were, we'd have more children in the White House."

2. Wide pan people taking pictures of actor playing former president Abraham Lincoln

3. Tight people taking photos with actor playing Lincoln

4. Tight Lincoln's top hat on mantle

5. Zoom in actress playing former first lady Abigail Adams performing as choir sings in background

6. Choir singing

7. Actress playing former first lady Dolley Madison speaking UPSOUND (English) "Then when my husband had his second inauguration, I gleefully served peppermint ice cream. I have been known to on occasion popularise strawberry ice cream and oyster ice cream, which tends to be a little um, not as well received as the others."

8. Zoom in 'President Taft' signage

9. People taking pictures

10. Actor playing Teddy Roosevelt peforming UPSOUND (English) "I promised to be on my good behavior today and not make any comments about the current situation. I got in a world of trouble with Mr. Wilson (Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the US). When he was here, he invited me back to the White House and he was very courteous. But he was not, what you would call a Roosevelt supporter."

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(HZ) US Las Vegas Halloween
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Date: 27/10/2016 12:15 PM
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It's known as "Sin City", and Las Vegas is no disappointment when it comes to frightful fun this Halloween.

Even pets are getting in on the action. Owners are embracing ghostly garments and chilling costumes for their furry friends.

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If you go down to the Las Vegas Strip today, you're sure of a big surprise.

Las Vegas' Promenade is becoming more of a zombie walk this Halloween.

According to a recent (22 September 2016) survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans are set to spend $8.4 billion USD on Halloween celebrations - that's an all-time high in the survey's eleven-year history.

That means top US destinations like Vegas are bidding to become the go-to place for all Halloween-related fun.

Amanda Arentsen, spokesperson for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority, says 42.3 million people visited Las Vegas last year.

And Halloween is as good a time as any to come.

"Las Vegas is the place to be for Halloween and any other time of year," she says.

"No matter what you're looking for, we have it here. You can go to a nightclub. You can go trick or treating. You can walk around and take in the sights and the beautiful decorations that we have throughout the destination."

At the heart of the Vegas strip, the city's LINQ Promenade boasts over 20 shops, restaurants, bars and venues.

It sits nearby the world's tallest observation wheel, the 550-foot 'High Roller'.

An estimated 20.4 million visitors pass by the Promenade area every year.

This Halloween, organisers are putting on a "spooktacular" extravaganza with various larger-than-life Halloween-themed decor.

"People love an excuse to come to Vegas and they love a holiday in Vegas. And there's no more fun holiday than Halloween," says Shaun Swanger, vice president and general manager of the LINQ Promenade and High Roller.

"We've bought 500 pounds of candy for trick or treat, so we encourage families to bring the kids in. All of the retailers and outlets here are going to give away candy for trick or treating."

This Halloween, the LINQ Promenade is set to host a hotly anticipated three-day celebration, starting 27 October.

It will include a costume contest with a $10,000 USD top prize for those over 21-years-old.

37 elaborate movie-style props, decorations and figures line the Promenade for spontaneous group photos and 'selfies'.

And they're key because Swanger says they're hoping to attract a young audience.

"We're always looking for new and exciting things to keep it fresh because the one thing that millennials want is an ever-changing, exciting, fresh environment," he says.

If Vegas visitors are after a hair-raising experience, there's this nightmarish interactive haunted house, called 'Zombie Escape'.

There's live screaming zombies marauding through this 5,000 square foot haunted house, plus dozens of pop-up surprises along the way.

Only six to eight people are allowed in at any one time.

But it's not just for humans. In Las Vegas, even the pets are getting in on the spooky action.

At PetSmart in Henderson, Nevada, around 20 kilometres from the Las Vegas Strip, the selection of Halloween-themed pet products has doubled this year.

There's toys, beds, collars and - of course - costumes.

Villains, monsters and 'Star Wars' characters seem to be some of the trendiest pet costumes this year.

There are also these new so-called 'Stand Up' pet costumes, where from the front pets appear as if they're standing upright on two feet.

PetSmart store leader Crystal Ruggieri says they're now seeing Halloween become a month-long event.

"The very first day of October first, pet parents are coming in to see what costumes we have. We're in Vegas, we have great weather out here, so people want to celebrate all month long."

Last year, the top selling costumes at PetSmart were 'Superman', 'Batman' and 'Super Girl'.

"We have a lot of the classic costumes, like the pumpkins, the ladybugs and bumble bees, but huge this year is 'Star Wars' so we are seeing a ton of customers coming in, asking for those costumes," says Ruggieri.

"We have a great Princess Leia costume, Darth Vadar that are super fun."

Even if you're four-legged there's a chance to enjoy Halloween this year.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, US - 20 October 2016

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1. Close of Halloween Krampus monster head with High Roller ride in background

2. Wide of The Promenade at The LINQ hotel with Halloween monster figure

3. Pull out of woman posing with werewolf monster figure

4. Wide of Las Vegas strip and Paris Hotel

5. Wide of Las Vegas strip, Caesars Palace in background

6. Mid of Caesars Palace and Mirage

7. Setup shot of Amanda Arentsen, Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority, reading guide book

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Amanda Arentsen, Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority:

"Las Vegas is the place to be for Halloween and any other time of year. No matter what you're looking for, we have it here. You can go to a nightclub. You can go trick or treating. You can walk around and take in the sights and the beautiful decorations that we have throughout the destination."

9. Wide of The LINQ Hotel & Casino electronic billboard on strip

10. Wide of The LINQ Hotel & Casino and High Roller ride in foreground

11. Wide of The Promenade with Halloween decorations

12. Close of female zombie figure

13. Wide of The Promenade entrance with Halloween decorations

14. Setup shot of Shaun Swanger, Vice President and General Manager The LINQ Promenade and High Roller, walking

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun Swanger, Vice President and General Manager The LINQ Promenade and High Roller:

"People love an excuse to come to Vegas and they love a holiday in Vegas. And there's no more fun holiday than Halloween. The LINQ Promenade has become probably the busiest place on the entire strip for Halloween. Now in our third year, we have big events every night so on the Thursday and Friday night before Halloween that's our family events. We've bought 500 pounds of candy for trick or treat, so we encourage families to bring the kids in. All of the retailers and outlets here are going to give away candy for trick or treating. We've got family entertainment, drum line, face painting, a family-friendly DJ. So that's our family night, it will be a lot of fun."

16. Tilt up of people posing with monster figure

17. Wide of women posing with monster figure

18. Pull out of monster figure to women posing

19. Wide of man posing with female vampire figure

20. Wide of The Promenade

21. SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun Swanger, Vice President and General Manager The LINQ Promenade and High Roller:

"Las Vegas is going through such a demographic change and more and more millennials are rushing to Vegas. And the LINQ Promenade is the perfect venue for millennials, because it's vibrant, it's energetic. There's live entertainment daily and there's such a great choice of things to do. So we're always looking for new and exciting things to keep it fresh because the one thing that millennials want is an ever-changing, exciting, fresh environment."

22. Mid of 'Zombie Escape Haunted House' sign

23. Wide of Zombie Escape haunted house exterior

24. Tracking shot of visitors walking through haunted house

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25. Tilt up of animated monster figure

26. Wide of visitors going through haunted house

27. Close of zombie surgeon performer with slit neck

28. Close of zombie torso with performer jumping out and eating fake leg

Henderson, Nevada, US - 20 October 2016

++DAY SHOTS++

29. Pull out from pumpkin container to dogs in Halloween costumes getting treats

30. Close of dogs in costumes getting treats

31. Mid of two dogs in costumes getting treats

32. Wide of PetSmart store exterior

33. Mid of customer entering PetSmart store

34. Wide of Halloween pet monsters toy display

35. Close of Halloween pet toys

36. Pan right of Halloween pet toys on display

37. Wide of costume display rack

38. Mid of three dogs being walked wearing Star Wars costumes

39. Wide of dogs in costumes being petted

40. Pull out of three owners walking with dogs

41. Close of dog wearing 'Stand Up Fireman' costume

42. Close of dog wearing 'Stand Up Cowgirl' costume

43. Wide of dog wearing monster costume

44. Pull out of dog wearing 'Princess Leia' costume

45. Tilt down of dog wearing 'Darth Vader' costume

46. Setup shot of Crystal Ruggieri, Store Leader, PetSmart:

47. SOUNDBITE (English) Crystal Ruggieri, Store Leader, PetSmart:

"It has been such a fun month. We're seeing pet parents coming in earlier and earlier, the very first day of October first, pet parents are coming in to see what costumes we have. We're in Vegas, we have great weather out here, so people want to celebrate all month long. They want to have their pets dressed up and also take their kids out to all the events that we have going on in the city."

48. Tilt up of dog in 'Superman' costume

49. Mid of pumpkin, 'Stand Up Cowgirl' and 'Stand Up Cowboy' costumes on rack

50. SOUNDBITE (English) Crystal Ruggieri, Store Leader, PetSmart:

"We have a ton of great costumes this year. We have a lot of the classic costumes, like the pumpkins, the ladybugs and bumble bees, but huge this year is 'Star Wars' so we are seeing a ton of customers coming in, asking for those costumes. We have a great Princess Leia costume, Darth Vadar - super fun. Also monsters, we have these really cute monster costumes this year and they are really popular as well. And superheroes, superheroes are a big hit this year as well."

51. Pull out of spooky fish aquarium ornaments in aquarium

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US CE Horror Nights Scares
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Summary: Halloween Horror Nights celebs share real-life scares
Story No: 4062593
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Date: 26/10/2016 14:42 PM
People: Denis O'Hare , Finn Wittrock , Alicia Machado
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HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS CELEBS SHARE REAL-LIFE SCARES

Though he works with terrifying material in "American Horror Story," actor Denis O'Hare admits he hates to be scared.

"I was watching a movie the other night called 'The Lobster.' I don't know if you saw it? And in it - spoiler alert - somebody puts a knife in their eye and I couldn't watch it. I was on a plane and I went (covers eyes). I couldn't watch it. That kind of stuff I can't take. So if you jump at me I'm fine. If you show me what you're going to do, like disembowel somebody, I can't handle it. And I don't like to be scared. You know why? This is deep Freudian stuff. When I was a kid, my three older brothers and sister would lock me in the basement and turn off the lights."

O'Hare and his "AHS" co-star Finn Wittrock swapped scary stories on the red carpet at the opening night of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.

The annual event transforms the California theme park into a late-night scarefest leading up to Halloween.

"I'm weird. I actually do like to be scared," said Wittrock. "I'm going to go see this movie 'Don't Breathe' like maybe later tonight. And I like to go to a dark theater all by myself and watch a movie alone. Like 'Paranormal Activity.' That's what I would do. That's very strange. Why do we like that? It's sadistic."

"AHS" actress Naomi Grossman also enjoys the occasional scare.

"I hate snakes. Hate snakes and I don't know... I'm not much of a scaredy-cat, I'll be honest. Oh, ghosts kind of scare me because I believe. Yeah. But not in a bad way. I like them, but they scare me."

For actor-singer Diego Boneta, it's the paranormal that freaks him out.

"Demons. Like that kind of stuff. Like that whole world scares the crap out of me. Like I'm not afraid of the dark. I'm not afraid to like be on my own or anything. But anything that has to do with like, 'Oh this is kind of haunted' or like, 'This girl was possessed.' I don't know."

While former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, is more frightened by people than ghosts.

"The bad people, you know? The crazy people with bad feelings. The liars. Yes, yes. That people. I don't like that people. That is really, really scary for me," she said.

Halloween Horror Nights runs through Nov. 5.

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Universal City, Calif., 16 Sept. 2016

1. Medium shot Denis O'Hare speaking to reporters

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Denis O'Hare, actor:

"You know, I was watching a movie the other night called 'The Lobster.' I don't know if you saw it? And in it - spoiler alert - somebody puts a knife in their eye and I couldn't watch it. I was on a plane and I went (covers eyes). I couldn't watch it. That kind of stuff I can't take. So if you jump at me I'm fine. If you show me what you're going to do, like disembowel somebody, I can't handle it. And I don't like to be scared. You know why? This is deep Freudian stuff. When I was a kid, my three older brothers and sister would lock me in the basement and turn off the lights."

(Reporter: "That's not nice.")

"So. Horrified. My revenge? 'American Horror Story.'"

3. Medium shot Finn Wittrock speaking to reporters

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Finn Wittrock, actor:

"I'm weird. I actually do like to be scared. I like to go into like ... like I'm going to go see this movie 'Don't Breathe' like maybe later tonight. And I like to go to a dark theater all by myself and watch a movie alone. Like 'Paranormal Activity.' That's what I would do. That's very strange. Why do we like that? It's sadistic."

5. Medium shot Naomi Grossman speaking to reporters

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Naomi Grossman, actress:

(Reporter: "What are you afraid of?")

"I hate snakes. Hate snakes and... I don't know. I'm not much of a scaredy-cat, I'll be honest. Oh, ghosts kind of scare me because I believe. Yeah. But not in a bad way. I like them, but they scare me."

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Diego Boneta, actor:

"Demons. Like that kind of stuff. Like that whole world scares the crap out of me. Like I'm not afraid of the dark. I'm not afraid to like be on my own or anything. But anything that has to do with like, 'Oh this is kind of haunted' or like, 'This girl was possessed.' I don't know."

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Alicia Machado, Former Miss Universe:

"The bad people, you know? The crazy people with bad feelings."

(Reporter: "Liars.")

"The liars. Yes."

(Reporter: "Back-stabbers.")

"Yes. That people. I don't like that people. That is really, really scary for me."

9. Wide shot Diego Boneta

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US Obama Halloween
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Summary: Children Celebrate Halloween at White House
Story No: 4010085
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Date: 30/10/2015 23:11 PM
People: Barack Obama , Michelle Obama , Pope Francis
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A toddler dressed like the pope and pushed along in a popemobile got the top prize at President Barack Obama's White House Halloween on Friday.

Upon seeing the costume, Obama turned to the news media and declared "top prize."

The boy was among hundreds of local schoolchildren and children from military families who came trick or treating at the White House on Friday dressed as caped crusaders, furry creatures, princesses and other figures.

At least one girl dressed as the first lady.

Halloween is on Saturday.

The South Lawn was turned into an enchanted forest for the annual event.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, appeared as themselves and handed out White House Halloween Cookies and M&Ms, fruit bars, kettle corn, candies and baseball cards featuring their dogs Bo and Sunny.

A toddler dressed like the pope and pushed along in a popemobile got the top prize at President Barack Obama's White House Halloween on Friday.

Upon seeing the costume, Obama turned to the news media and declared "top prize."

The boy was among hundreds of local schoolchildren and children from military families who came trick or treating at the White House on Friday dressed as caped crusaders, furry creatures, princesses and other figures.

At least one girl dressed as the first lady.

Halloween is on Saturday.

The South Lawn was turned into an enchanted forest for the annual event.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, appeared as themselves and handed out White House Halloween Cookies and M&Ms, fruit bars, kettle corn, candies and baseball cards featuring their dogs Bo and Sunny.

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Washington - 30 October 2015

1. US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shake hands with people in costumes at White House

2. Various of Obamas handing out candies to children in costume

3. Child dressed as Pope Francis

4. Various of children in costume

5. Various of performers in costume on stilts

6. Various of Obamas handing out candies to children in costume

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Summary: NYC Park Goes to the Dogs for Halloween Parade
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Date: 25/10/2015 16:45 PM
People: Pope Francis
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Hundreds of costumed dogs have descended on a New York City park for what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade.

Thousands of spectators mingled Saturday with about 300 four-legged contestants near the stage in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park.

Every imaginable breed was paraded one by one to preen before judges in the hopes of a Best in Show award.

There were doggy dinosaurs, an alligator and a fisherman. There also were characters from "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Flintstones" and a dog dressed as Pope Francis.

Manhattan resident Robert Krzywicki (kihz-WIHK'-ee) says his dachshund, Daisy Mae, was treated "like a movie star."

But he says he suspects his dog and many others were freaked out and a little humiliated by their costumes.

Hundreds of costumed dogs have descended on a New York City park for what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade.

Thousands of spectators mingled Saturday with about 300 four-legged contestants near the stage in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park.

Every imaginable breed was paraded one by one to preen before judges in the hopes of a Best in Show award.

There were doggy dinosaurs, an alligator and a fisherman. There also were characters from "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Flintstones" and a dog dressed as Pope Francis.

Manhattan resident Robert Krzywicki (kihz-WIHK'-ee) says his dachshund, Daisy Mae, was treated "like a movie star."

But he says he suspects his dog and many others were freaked out and a little humiliated by their costumes.

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New York - 24 October 2015

1. Various shots of dogs and owners in costume at 25th annual Halloween dog parade

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(HZ) US Halloween Stores
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Summary: Shuttered stores return to life for Halloween
Story No: 4006372
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Date: 02/10/2015 15:40 PM
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Thousands of shuttered US stores are coming back to life as Halloween retailers.

In New Jersey, an abandoned store is being filled with thousands of costumes, accessories, plus some dastardly displays.

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This abandoned big-box store in a New Jersey city is coming back to life as a Halloween retailer.

Spirit Halloween, a chain of over 1,100 pop-up shops across the country, is reinventing what was once a Staples store.

They've filled it with 4,000 costumes and accessories, themes range from zombies to superheroes and princesses to prison inmates.

They've even decorated it with gory displays, including this ghoul-filled subway and a swamp surrounded by bloody and screaming animated creatures.

But the Spirit Halloween stores just have a brief life.

Like other Halloween retailers and pop-ups which sell Christmas trees and holiday decorations, the company must make its revenue for the year in less than three months.

This store in Paramus, New Jersey opened on 21 August and will close on 1 November.

Getting stores up and running requires year-round planning and then execution in a matter of weeks, says Steven Silverstein, the CEO of Spirit Halloween.

"We are equivalent to an army operation in terms of the way we mobilise and have to move product because we are getting things in place long before we are physically ready to go and everything has to happen on time and as the next event," he says.

"It's their time and their responsibility. That calendar is absolutely iron clad and we have this whole process mapped out back to day one. We're already well into next-year's Halloween in terms of preparation, in terms of product development."

Planning for this Halloween began more than a year ago, preparations for 2016 are already underway.

It takes 18 months to design and produce displays like the subway and swamp, they've been set up in all Spirit Halloween stores.

The company is now several months into that process.

Early in the year, employees scout around for potential sites - a process that can be helped along when big national retailers close some of their stores.

Some of the sites are in vacant stores in shopping malls, while others like the Paramus Spirit Halloween occupy stores shuttered by big chains.

A second Spirit Halloween in Paramus is just five miles up the road in a former discount department store.

High visibility is key - both stores are on New Jersey's Route 17, one of the state's busiest shopping boulevards.

Spirit Halloween starts receiving merchandise in May and hiring in June, swelling its employment from hundreds to more than 20,000.

By summer, sites have been chosen.

By mid-August, the stores are cleaned, painted, repairs are made and managers ensure that they meet local building and fire codes.

Trucks with fixtures arrive and in less than two weeks most of the locations go from bare walls and floors to racks and shelves filled with costumes, accessories, props and home decor.

Spirit Halloween was started in 1983, as the holiday's focus was evolving from children and trick-or-treating to parties for people of all ages.

Adults' interest in continuing or reviving the Halloween fun of their youth has turned the holiday into a revenue machine for retailers.

"I learned that about Home Deport a long time ago where they talked about that they created this industry of 'Do It Yourself'," says Silverstein.

"The fact that they were there enabled people to start to think about 'Do It Yourself.' Well here, we think that way about Halloween. We've created so many different points of entry: the party, the costumes, the home decor."

Some of the most popular costumes for children this season are expected to be based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - and adults who watched the Turtles on TV and in movies when they were kids are also expected to be dressed as the reptilian superheroes.

Silverstein also expects girls to want costumes based on the Disney TV movie, "The Descendants," the story of the children of Disney characters like Cruella De Vil and Cinderella.

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Thousands of shuttered US stores are coming back to life as Halloween retailers.

In New Jersey, an abandoned store is being filled with thousands of costumes, accessories, plus some dastardly displays.

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This abandoned big-box store in a New Jersey city is coming back to life as a Halloween retailer.

Spirit Halloween, a chain of over 1,100 pop-up shops across the country, is reinventing what was once a Staples store.

They've filled it with 4,000 costumes and accessories, themes range from zombies to superheroes and princesses to prison inmates.

They've even decorated it with gory displays, including this ghoul-filled subway and a swamp surrounded by bloody and screaming animated creatures.

But the Spirit Halloween stores just have a brief life.

Like other Halloween retailers and pop-ups which sell Christmas trees and holiday decorations, the company must make its revenue for the year in less than three months.

This store in Paramus, New Jersey opened on 21 August and will close on 1 November.

Getting stores up and running requires year-round planning and then execution in a matter of weeks, says Steven Silverstein, the CEO of Spirit Halloween.

"We are equivalent to an army operation in terms of the way we mobilise and have to move product because we are getting things in place long before we are physically ready to go and everything has to happen on time and as the next event," he says.

"It's their time and their responsibility. That calendar is absolutely iron clad and we have this whole process mapped out back to day one. We're already well into next-year's Halloween in terms of preparation, in terms of product development."

Planning for this Halloween began more than a year ago, preparations for 2016 are already underway.

It takes 18 months to design and produce displays like the subway and swamp, they've been set up in all Spirit Halloween stores.

The company is now several months into that process.

Early in the year, employees scout around for potential sites - a process that can be helped along when big national retailers close some of their stores.

Some of the sites are in vacant stores in shopping malls, while others like the Paramus Spirit Halloween occupy stores shuttered by big chains.

A second Spirit Halloween in Paramus is just five miles up the road in a former discount department store.

High visibility is key - both stores are on New Jersey's Route 17, one of the state's busiest shopping boulevards.

Spirit Halloween starts receiving merchandise in May and hiring in June, swelling its employment from hundreds to more than 20,000.

By summer, sites have been chosen.

By mid-August, the stores are cleaned, painted, repairs are made and managers ensure that they meet local building and fire codes.

Trucks with fixtures arrive and in less than two weeks most of the locations go from bare walls and floors to racks and shelves filled with costumes, accessories, props and home decor.

Spirit Halloween was started in 1983, as the holiday's focus was evolving from children and trick-or-treating to parties for people of all ages.

Adults' interest in continuing or reviving the Halloween fun of their youth has turned the holiday into a revenue machine for retailers.

"I learned that about Home Deport a long time ago where they talked about that they created this industry of 'Do It Yourself'," says Silverstein.

"The fact that they were there enabled people to start to think about 'Do It Yourself.' Well here, we think that way about Halloween. We've created so many different points of entry: the party, the costumes, the home decor."

Some of the most popular costumes for children this season are expected to be based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - and adults who watched the Turtles on TV and in movies when they were kids are also expected to be dressed as the reptilian superheroes.

Silverstein also expects girls to want costumes based on the Disney TV movie, "The Descendants," the story of the children of Disney characters like Cruella De Vil and Cinderella.

AP TELEVISION

Paramus, New Jersey, US - 21 August 2015

1. Mid of Jack O'Lantern ghoul rising from behind gravestone

2. Pan left of man setting up red demon

3. Mid of Cerberus growling with dry ice coming from mouths

4. Wide of woman arranging princess costumes

5. Close of woman arranging princess costumes

6. Wide of Lunging Lily doll jumping up

7. Setup shot of Steven Silverstein (pron. STY-N), CEO of Spirit Halloween, watching zombie jump from barrel

8. Close of various masks

9. Mid of naughty nun costumes

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Silverstein (pron. STY-N), CEO of Spirit Halloween:

"We are equivalent to an army operation in terms of the way we mobilise and have to move product because we are getting things in place long before we are physically ready to go and everything has to happen on time and as the next event. It's their time and their responsibility. That calendar is absolutely iron clad and we have this whole process mapped out back to day one. We're already well into next-year's Halloween in terms of preparation, in terms of product development."

AP TELEVISION

Paramus, New Jersey, US - 13 August 2015

11. GoPro footage of former Staples office supply store space being converted into Spirit Halloween tour (mute)

AP TELEVISION

Paramus, New Jersey, US - 21 August 2015

12. Mid of skeleton with green wig screaming

AP TELEVISION

Paramus, New Jersey, US - 13 August 2015

13. Time-lapse footage of workers putting up 'Spirit Halloween' sign (mute)

14. Go Pro footage showing store conversion being completed (mute)

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Paramus, New Jersey, US - 21 August 2015

15. Close of ghost in drain grating

16. Mid of glowing subway zombie growling

17. Close of witch

UPSOUND (English): "No devil's food, no ice cream cone, I'm only hungry for your bones."

18. Mid of swamp ghoul next to fiery house

19. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Silverstein (pron. STY-N), CEO of Spirit Halloween:

"I learned that about Home Deport a long time ago where they talked about that they created this industry of 'Do It Yourself.' The fact that they were there enabled people to start to think about 'Do It Yourself.' Well here, we think that way about Halloween. We've created so many different points of entry: the party, the costumes, the home decor."

20. Mid of child super hero costumes

21. Close of 'Frozen' dress costume

22. Close of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' masks

23. Wide of 'The Descendants' merchandise on wall

24. Close of 'Mal' character wig from 'The Descendants'

25. Tracking shot of man carrying swamp ghoul in black dress

26. Mid of zombie retreating into barrel

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Date: 21/09/2015 16:56 PM
People: David Arquette , James Franco , Jonah Hill , Mike Myers
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Halloween has come early for visitors to Universal Studios' spine-tingling 'Halloween Horror Nights' in Los Angeles, California.

Having made countless popular horror flicks, the film studio certainly knows how to make people scream. Now, they're thrusting visitors inside some of their most thrilling and gory productions.

STORY-LINE:

Aliens have landed in California and they're after your blood.

Considered one of the most terrifying Halloween events around, Universal Studios 'Halloween Horror Nights' are once again terrorising visitors with a mixture of frightful attractions, high on the gore factor.

This year is the studio's biggest year yet with a variety of heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping thrills.

Housed across the entire working movie studio lot, the night time event is filled with walk-through maze attractions and intense 'Scare Zones'.

The event is a specially-ticketed, yearly scream-fest which runs for over a month ahead of Halloween.

What makes this experience different is that Universal Studios' numerous pop-culture property licenses mean they're able to create realistic versions of some of their most scary TV and movie productions.

Walking though the studio's vast lot feels as though visitors are actually entering well-known horror movie scenes, including 'Insidious' and 'Alien vs. Predator'.

But guests need to be patient, the waiting time for each attraction averages around two hours.

California resident, Shawna Podany, think it's worth the wait.

She attends the event every year with her family and thinks this year is bigger and scarier than ever.

"You're on the edge of the seat in the maze. You're on the edge of the seat transitioning from the maze," she says.

"They just do such an amazing job of keeping you intense the whole night. We screamed our hearts out the whole night."

California resident, Darius Williams, says he's never been so scared in all his life.

"I didn't know where to go without someone scaring me out from nowhere because nowhere is safe," he says.

"It's like, 'Crap! Where can I go that I can be okay without someone scaring me?' Even in the bushes someone was just popping out so it was pretty crazy."

That's certainly music to the ears of the man behind it all, John Murdy.

He's been the creative director of 'Halloween Horror Nights' for the past ten years.

"I think here at Universal Studios, we're the movie studio that invented the horror movie," he says.

"We've been making horror on this property for over 100 years really and with Halloween Horror Nights we try to take a movie quality approach to what we do, so everything from the sets to the make-up, to the props, it should look like it's a movie only now the movies coming for you."

Having starred in four 'Scream' movies, actor David Arquette is no stranger to horror movies.

He says this year's event is definitely up his alley.

"I love Halloween Horror Nights. It's always such an exciting, scary, fun time," he says.

"Halloween in general for me, I love to dress up so you know it's just an excuse to dress up. I wish people dressed up all year round."

This year's production features a total of six fog-filled mazes for visitors to explore, there are also four walk-through 'Scare Zones'.

The biggest maze is the one dedicated to AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead' - visitors tip-toe their way through scary scenes from the popular zombie apocalypse show.

Brought back by popular demand, the 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator' section is based on the popular sci-fi film franchise and combines both actors and animated props to deliver a spine-chilling experience.

'Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness' is inspired by the upcoming Universal Pictures feature film of the same name, due for release in October 2015.

Visitors explore a dark, decaying mansion set in the remote English countryside.

'Insidious: Return to the Further' is based on the bone-chilling movie trilogy and brings together elements from all three films.

'This is the End 3D' is based on the 2013 film of the same name, featuring actors Seth Rogan, James Franco and Jonah Hill.

The story tells of the Apocalypse striking the Hollywood hills leading to a group of friends becoming trapped in a life-or-death struggle against demons from the underworld.

'Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home' is inspired by one of the most well-known horror film franchises around.

The four 'Scare Zones' scattered throughout the ground include 'The Purge: Urban Nightmare', which is based on the movie series and features masked vigilantes in search of victims during an annually government-sanctioned killing spree.

'Exterminatorz' is a scare zone filled with hybrid creatures - part pest, part human.

The story tells how they were spawned following years of exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Now, they're rising from below to retaliate against their human oppressors.

'Corpz' features decaying World War One soldiers rising from muddy graves to haunt the streets of old Paris.

'Dark Christmas' features Krampus, a demonic Christmas devil which occupies a Pagan-themed 'Scare Zone' where creatures hunt the disobedient and drag them to hell.

Ticket prices for Universal Studios 'Halloween Horror Nights' are priced at 59.00 US dollars, a front of the line pass costs 150.00 US dollars.

The event takes place on select nights from 18 September to 1 November. Guests must be 13 years and older.

LEAD IN:

Halloween has come early for visitors to Universal Studios' spine-tingling 'Halloween Horror Nights' in Los Angeles, California.

Having made countless popular horror flicks, the film studio certainly knows how to make people scream. Now, they're thrusting visitors inside some of their most thrilling and gory productions.

STORY-LINE:

Aliens have landed in California and they're after your blood.

Considered one of the most terrifying Halloween events around, Universal Studios 'Halloween Horror Nights' are once again terrorising visitors with a mixture of frightful attractions, high on the gore factor.

This year is the studio's biggest year yet with a variety of heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping thrills.

Housed across the entire working movie studio lot, the night time event is filled with walk-through maze attractions and intense 'Scare Zones'.

The event is a specially-ticketed, yearly scream-fest which runs for over a month ahead of Halloween.

What makes this experience different is that Universal Studios' numerous pop-culture property licenses mean they're able to create realistic versions of some of their most scary TV and movie productions.

Walking though the studio's vast lot feels as though visitors are actually entering well-known horror movie scenes, including 'Insidious' and 'Alien vs. Predator'.

But guests need to be patient, the waiting time for each attraction averages around two hours.

California resident, Shawna Podany, think it's worth the wait.

She attends the event every year with her family and thinks this year is bigger and scarier than ever.

"You're on the edge of the seat in the maze. You're on the edge of the seat transitioning from the maze," she says.

"They just do such an amazing job of keeping you intense the whole night. We screamed our hearts out the whole night."

California resident, Darius Williams, says he's never been so scared in all his life.

"I didn't know where to go without someone scaring me out from nowhere because nowhere is safe," he says.

"It's like, 'Crap! Where can I go that I can be okay without someone scaring me?' Even in the bushes someone was just popping out so it was pretty crazy."

That's certainly music to the ears of the man behind it all, John Murdy.

He's been the creative director of 'Halloween Horror Nights' for the past ten years.

"I think here at Universal Studios, we're the movie studio that invented the horror movie," he says.

"We've been making horror on this property for over 100 years really and with Halloween Horror Nights we try to take a movie quality approach to what we do, so everything from the sets to the make-up, to the props, it should look like it's a movie only now the movies coming for you."

Having starred in four 'Scream' movies, actor David Arquette is no stranger to horror movies.

He says this year's event is definitely up his alley.

"I love Halloween Horror Nights. It's always such an exciting, scary, fun time," he says.

"Halloween in general for me, I love to dress up so you know it's just an excuse to dress up. I wish people dressed up all year round."

This year's production features a total of six fog-filled mazes for visitors to explore, there are also four walk-through 'Scare Zones'.

The biggest maze is the one dedicated to AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead' - visitors tip-toe their way through scary scenes from the popular zombie apocalypse show.

Brought back by popular demand, the 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator' section is based on the popular sci-fi film franchise and combines both actors and animated props to deliver a spine-chilling experience.

'Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness' is inspired by the upcoming Universal Pictures feature film of the same name, due for release in October 2015.

Visitors explore a dark, decaying mansion set in the remote English countryside.

'Insidious: Return to the Further' is based on the bone-chilling movie trilogy and brings together elements from all three films.

'This is the End 3D' is based on the 2013 film of the same name, featuring actors Seth Rogan, James Franco and Jonah Hill.

The story tells of the Apocalypse striking the Hollywood hills leading to a group of friends becoming trapped in a life-or-death struggle against demons from the underworld.

'Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home' is inspired by one of the most well-known horror film franchises around.

The four 'Scare Zones' scattered throughout the ground include 'The Purge: Urban Nightmare', which is based on the movie series and features masked vigilantes in search of victims during an annually government-sanctioned killing spree.

'Exterminatorz' is a scare zone filled with hybrid creatures - part pest, part human.

The story tells how they were spawned following years of exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Now, they're rising from below to retaliate against their human oppressors.

'Corpz' features decaying World War One soldiers rising from muddy graves to haunt the streets of old Paris.

'Dark Christmas' features Krampus, a demonic Christmas devil which occupies a Pagan-themed 'Scare Zone' where creatures hunt the disobedient and drag them to hell.

Ticket prices for Universal Studios 'Halloween Horror Nights' are priced at 59.00 US dollars, a front of the line pass costs 150.00 US dollars.

The event takes place on select nights from 18 September to 1 November. Guests must be 13 years and older.

LEAD IN:

Halloween has come early for visitors to Universal Studios' spine-tingling 'Halloween Horror Nights' in Los Angeles, California.

Having made countless popular horror flicks, the film studio certainly knows how to make people scream. Now, they're thrusting visitors inside some of their most thrilling and gory productions.

STORY-LINE:

Aliens have landed in California and they're after your blood.

Considered one of the most terrifying Halloween events around, Universal Studios 'Halloween Horror Nights' are once again terrorising visitors with a mixture of frightful attractions, high on the gore factor.

This year is the studio's biggest year yet with a variety of heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping thrills.

Housed across the entire working movie studio lot, the night time event is filled with walk-through maze attractions and intense 'Scare Zones'.

The event is a specially-ticketed, yearly scream-fest which runs for over a month ahead of Halloween.

What makes this experience different is that Universal Studios' numerous pop-culture property licenses mean they're able to create realistic versions of some of their most scary TV and movie productions.

Walking though the studio's vast lot feels as though visitors are actually entering well-known horror movie scenes, including 'Insidious' and 'Alien vs. Predator'.

But guests need to be patient, the waiting time for each attraction averages around two hours.

California resident, Shawna Podany, think it's worth the wait.

She attends the event every year with her family and thinks this year is bigger and scarier than ever.

"You're on the edge of the seat in the maze. You're on the edge of the seat transitioning from the maze," she says.

"They just do such an amazing job of keeping you intense the whole night. We screamed our hearts out the whole night."

California resident, Darius Williams, says he's never been so scared in all his life.

"I didn't know where to go without someone scaring me out from nowhere because nowhere is safe," he says.

"It's like, 'Crap! Where can I go that I can be okay without someone scaring me?' Even in the bushes someone was just popping out so it was pretty crazy."

That's certainly music to the ears of the man behind it all, John Murdy.

He's been the creative director of 'Halloween Horror Nights' for the past ten years.

"I think here at Universal Studios, we're the movie studio that invented the horror movie," he says.

"We've been making horror on this property for over 100 years really and with Halloween Horror Nights we try to take a movie quality approach to what we do, so everything from the sets to the make-up, to the props, it should look like it's a movie only now the movies coming for you."

Having starred in four 'Scream' movies, actor David Arquette is no stranger to horror movies.

He says this year's event is definitely up his alley.

"I love Halloween Horror Nights. It's always such an exciting, scary, fun time," he says.

"Halloween in general for me, I love to dress up so you know it's just an excuse to dress up. I wish people dressed up all year round."

This year's production features a total of six fog-filled mazes for visitors to explore, there are also four walk-through 'Scare Zones'.

The biggest maze is the one dedicated to AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead' - visitors tip-toe their way through scary scenes from the popular zombie apocalypse show.

Brought back by popular demand, the 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator' section is based on the popular sci-fi film franchise and combines both actors and animated props to deliver a spine-chilling experience.

'Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness' is inspired by the upcoming Universal Pictures feature film of the same name, due for release in October 2015.

Visitors explore a dark, decaying mansion set in the remote English countryside.

'Insidious: Return to the Further' is based on the bone-chilling movie trilogy and brings together elements from all three films.

'This is the End 3D' is based on the 2013 film of the same name, featuring actors Seth Rogan, James Franco and Jonah Hill.

The story tells of the Apocalypse striking the Hollywood hills leading to a group of friends becoming trapped in a life-or-death struggle against demons from the underworld.

'Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home' is inspired by one of the most well-known horror film franchises around.

The four 'Scare Zones' scattered throughout the ground include 'The Purge: Urban Nightmare', which is based on the movie series and features masked vigilantes in search of victims during an annually government-sanctioned killing spree.

'Exterminatorz' is a scare zone filled with hybrid creatures - part pest, part human.

The story tells how they were spawned following years of exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Now, they're rising from below to retaliate against their human oppressors.

'Corpz' features decaying World War One soldiers rising from muddy graves to haunt the streets of old Paris.

'Dark Christmas' features Krampus, a demonic Christmas devil which occupies a Pagan-themed 'Scare Zone' where creatures hunt the disobedient and drag them to hell.

Ticket prices for Universal Studios 'Halloween Horror Nights' are priced at 59.00 US dollars, a front of the line pass costs 150.00 US dollars.

The event takes place on select nights from 18 September to 1 November. Guests must be 13 years and older.

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Los Angeles, California, US - 18 September 2015

++CLIENTS NOTE: SCENES OF HORROR AND VIOLENCE++

1. Wide of Alien model as if eating woman's stomach

2. Mid of zombie model flailing arms

3. Wide of actor dressed as monster scaring people

4. Pan right of actor wielding chainsaw

5. Mid of two visitors screaming

6. Mid of actor dressed as Predator jumping out at visitors

7. Pull out of Alien as if inside actor's stomach

8. Pull out from 'Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights' sign to movie facade

9. Wide of grounds with crowds entering

10. Pan right of people queuing

11. Setup shot of Shawna Podany, visitor from Lake Forest, California, talking with people

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Shawna Podany, Visitor from Lake Forest, California:

"You're on the edge of the seat in the maze. You're on the edge of the seat transitioning from the maze. They just do such an amazing job of keeping you intense the whole night. We screamed our hearts out the whole night."

13. Setup shot of Darius Williams, visitor from Long Beach, California, holding t-shirt

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Darius Williams, Visitor from Long Beach, California:

"I didn't know where to go without someone scaring me out from nowhere because nowhere is safe. It's like, 'Crap! Where can I go that I can be okay without someone scaring me?' Even in the bushes someone was just popping out so it was pretty crazy."

15. Setup shot of John Murdy, Creative Director, Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Parks & Resorts, speaking to TV crew

16. SOUNDBITE (English) John Murdy Creative Director, Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Parks & Resorts:

"I think here at Universal Studios, we're the movie studio that invented the horror movie. We've been making horror on this property for over 100 years really and with Halloween Horror Nights we try to take a movie quality approach to what we do, so everything from the sets to the make-up, to the props, it should look like it's a movie, only now the movie's coming for you."

17. Setup shot of David Arquette, Actor, speaking to TV crew

18. SOUNDBITE (English) David Arquette, Actor:

"I love Halloween Horror Nights. It's always such an exciting, scary, fun time. Halloween in general for me, I love to dress up so you know it's just an excuse to dress up. I wish people dressed up all year round."

19. Tilt down of maze listing sign

20. Wide of 'The Walking Dead' maze

21. Wide of visitors being scared by actor with electric knife

22. Wide of actor dressed as zombie

23. Mid of several zombies

24. Wide of guests walking by actor dressed as zombie

25. Tilt down on Alien vs. Predator sign

26. Pan right of actor pretending to be eaten by Alien

27. Mid of actor dressed as Predator jumping out at visitors

28. Mid of Alien model emerging from dark

29. Wide of 17-foot high Alien model

30. Tilt up of 'Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness' exterior

31. Wide of people being scared by actor

32. Pull out of female model in bathtub

33. Mid of actor scaring visitors through window

34. Close of 'Insidious' sign

35. Mid of actor choking prop

36. Wide of actor scaring visitors

37. Tilt down of 'This is the End 3D' sign

38. Close of actor dressed as monster moving toward camera

39. Close of glowing 3D monster model

40. Pan right of visitors walking by glowing monster

41. Wide of visitors being scared by actor jumping from behind wall

42. Mid of actor lying on bed

43. Pull out of 'Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home' sign

44. Wide of maze exterior

45. Wide of actor dressed as 'Michael Myers' scaring visitors

46. Wide of actor dressed as 'Michael Myers' strangling woman on bed

47. Mid of 'I Support The Purge' sign

48. Mid of actor slapping patient prop

49. Wide of actor as gang member

50. Pan right from actor operating gun prop to actors as vigilantes

51. Wide of visitors being scared

52. Wide of 'Terror Tram: Survive the Purge' trams driving by

53. Pan from 'Exterminatorz' sign to grounds

54. Wide of performer on stilts scaring guests

55. Mid of 'Corpz' sign

56. Wide of visitors running scared

57. Pull out from 'Dark Christmas' sign to 'scare zone'

58. Wide of actor scaring visitors

59. Pull out from performer on stilts

60. Wide of screen showing classic scary movie at entrance to maze

61. Wide of screen showing classic scary movie with people walking in line

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Summary: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama open their home to area children to celebrate Halloween. (Oct. 31)
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Date: 31/10/2014 22:57 PM
People: Barack Obama , Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and the first lady welcomed children and families to the White House to trick-or-treat for Halloween.

The guests included children from D.C. public schools and children of military families.

The guests were welcomed to the South Portico of the White House.

For the holiday, the White House was adorned with Halloween decorations, including 200 pumpkins carved by volunteers.

Officials expect more than 4,500 people to visit the White House for Halloween this year.

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Washington - 31 October 2014

1. South Portico of the White House

2. Various of Obamas trick-or-treating with White House guests

3. Various of dancers in costume

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Summary: Halloween horror at the Museum of Death
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Date: 29/10/2014 17:04 PM
People: David Berkowitz , Timothy McVeigh , Charles Manson , Sharon Tate , Jeffrey Dahmer , O.J. Simpson
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Hollywood's Museum of Death is promising a horror fest this Halloween.

It features some of the world's most famous serial killers and their exploits in the hope of attracting more visitors to tinsel town.

Grisly skulls, cremated remains and killer exhibits. This is the Museum of Death.

Located in the heart of LA's famed film district, it houses the world's largest collection of serial murder artefacts.

Founders J. D. Healy and Cathee Schultz started the museum to share their own collections.

They say they wanted people to be able to revel in all things deathly.

"The Museum of Death is a museum dedicated to death that incorporates everything from serial killer artwork and letters, execution videos, mortician devices, famous crime scene photographs, skulls, body bags, suicide - anything that you can think of about death, we have it here," says Healy.

The museum's 45-minute walk through begins with the "Serial Killer Archives" section.

Here, newspaper articles, letters and artwork are displayed, belonging to killers such as John Gacy - the so-called Killer Clown who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of some 33 teenage boys and men; Richard Ramirez , dubbed the ' Night Stalker' ; and David Berkowitz, the notorious Son of Sam who claimed a demon dog ordered him to kill.

Next is the "Execution Room".

An electric chair sits next to a real severed head.

It's that of Henri Desire Landru who was beheaded by guillotine in 1922.

Landru was a serial killer in France, who put ads in the 'lonely hearts' sections of Paris newspapers to attract unknowing victims.

Also in the "Execution Room" are articles on Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh and photos of executed killer Ted Bundy.

"When you come to the Museum of Death you definitely can't be squeamish because we like to call them "falling down ovations" when the boys - and it's usually boys or men - fall over and actually pass out," says Shultz.

Elsewhere in the museum is the "Mortician & Funeral Room."

Here, there's items used in funeral homes over the years including caskets and embalming tools.

The so-called "Carnage Corridor" includes real human skulls on display next to several animal skulls and skeletons.

In "Suicide" hall, the museum has recreated the suicide of a cult member, the mannequin is even dressed in victim's real clothes.

Next to that sit displays of articles, pictures and artefacts relating to well-known names throughout history including Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

In the "California Death Room", Charles Manson takes up an entire alcove.

In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally slain at Tate's Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.

Well-known as the leader of the Manson Family, the museum features pictures, articles and newspapers on the famed criminal - not to mention this haunting cardboard cut-out.

As visitors turn a corner, there's a showcase of newspaper articles on O.J, Simpson, he's currently incarcerated in Nevada Prison in the US.

In 1995, he was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Also in the room is the story of the so-called 'Black Dahlia' murder.

The nickname was given to Elizabeth Short, who died in a gruesome murder in 1947 Los Angeles.

The "Cannibal Niche" room has items related to Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the 'Milwaukee Cannibal'.

The Museum of Death is just one part of Hollywood's countless tourist destinations.

According to President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler, they've been working hard to show tourists the district isn't all glitter and glamour.

"Twenty-two years ago, Hollywood was not what people envisioned," he says.

"They saw the movies and thought that Hollywood would be glitz and glamour and it wasn't. So, we've been working very hard to turn Hollywood around. And over that time more than four billion dollars has been poured into Hollywood and another four billion dollars is in the pipeline, so a lot's happening to restore that glitz and glamour and the sheen to Hollywood."

According to Gubler, more than 12 million tourists visit Hollywood every year.

There's no age limit to gain entry to the Museum of Death, but management say it's definitely for mature audiences.

And if anyone falls victim to the museum's "falling down ovations", there are smelling salts close by.

AP Television

Hollywood, California, US - 22 September 2014

1. Pull out from skull to wide of Museum of Death entrance

2. Close of cremated remains and California license belonging to remains

3. Mid of neon sign reading (English): "Death Is Everywhere"

4. Pull out from Museum of Death clock to wide of lobby area

5. Mid of Theatre of Death door opening pull in to room

6. Pull out of Museum of Death exterior in Hollywood, California

7. Setup shot of J.D. Healy, Owner and Curator of the Museum of Death and Cathee Shultz, Owner of the Museum of Death

8. SOUNDBITE (English) J.D. Healy, Owner and Curator of the Museum of Death:

"The Museum of Death is a museum dedicated to death that incorporates everything from serial killer artwork and letters, execution videos, mortician devices, famous crime scene photographs, skulls, body bags, suicide - anything that you can think of about death, we have it here."

9. Wide of "Serial Killer Archives" room

10. Close of newspaper article

11. Pull out from John Gacy shoes

12. Mid of photo of John Gacy

13. Close of Richard Ramirez "Nightstalker" doll

14. Wide of doll and Ramirez drawings on wall

15. Close of David Berkowitz "Son of Sam" mug shot on wall

16. Pull out from "Execution Area" entrance sign

17. Wide of "Execution Area" room

18. Pull out from sign to electric chair

19. Wide of execution room with real mummified beheaded head

20. Close of beheaded head

21. Close of photo showing criminal who was beheaded

22. Wide of newspaper articles on wall

23. Close of Timothy McVeigh article

24. Close of Ted Bundy newspaper article showing his dead body

25. Pull out from mock skeleton to wide of display case

26. Close of knife in display case

27. Close of several Death Row magazines

28. SOUNDBITE (English) Cathee Shultz, Owner of the Museum of Death:

"When you come to the Museum of Death you definitely can't be squeamish because we like to call them "falling down ovations" when the boys - and it's usually boys or men - fall over and actually pass out."

29. Close of "Mortician & Funeral Room" entrance sign

30. Wide of mortician's room with guests looking at casket display

31. Tilt down of wooden casket

32. Close of embalming book

33. Pan right of morticians tools and supplies in showcase

34. Pull out from human skull to room with assorted human and animal skulls

35. Close of human skull on shelf

36. Pull out from "Suicide Hall" entrance sign

37. Mid looking through key hole into room with mannequins displayed as dead bodies

38. Pull out from Heaven's Gate books and magazines to TV screen playing video of cult leader Marshall Applewhite

39. Close of Guyana massacre books

40. Pull out from cult leader Jim Jones items to wide of display case

41. Mid of magazines and books on David Koresh

42. Close of newspaper article reading (English): "Hitler was killed."

43. Pull out from Hitler books and items to wide of display case

44. Close of Charles Manson cardboard cut-out

45. Wide of Charles Manson cut-out with photos and articles on walls

46. Pull out from "California Death Room" entrance sign

47. Mid pan right of Charles Manson books and memorabilia in display case

48. Wide of people looking at display case

49. Mid of O.J. Simpson newspaper articles

50. Close of newspaper reading (English): "Nicole & Ron murder photos"

51. Close of newspaper article on 'Black Dahlia' murders

52. Pull out from "Cannibalism Niche" entrance sign

53. Wide of cannibalism room

54. Close of Newsweek cover showing Jeffrey Dahmer

55. Setup shot of Leron Gubler, President and CEO of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

56. SOUNDBITE (English) Leron Gubler, President and CEO of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce:

"Twenty-two years ago, Hollywood was not what people envisioned. They saw the movies and thought that Hollywood would be glitz and glamour and it wasn't. So, we've been working very hard to turn Hollywood around. And over that time more than four billion dollars has been poured into Hollywood and another four billion dollars is in the pipeline, so a lot's happening to restore that glitz and glamour and the sheen to Hollywood."

57. Pull out of "Specimen Room" entrance sign

58. Mid of taxidermy display

59. Mid of Museum of Death banner

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Summary: This year, a record number of Americans are expected to buy Halloween costumes for both themselves, their children and their pets. (Oct. 28)
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Date: 28/10/2014 14:35 PM
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VOICE-OVER:

THE FORCE IS STRONG IN THIS ONE.

UPSOUND (English): "He is not psyched. Seriously, Star Wars."

YOU TOO CAN DRESS YOUR DOG IN A STAR WARS-THEMED COSTUME. JUST ONE OF THE MANY CHOICES AVAILABLE THIS HALLOWEEN.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Johnson, Petco, West Hollywood:

"Currently we have costumes inspired by the show 'The Vikings' on History Channel. We have costumes by 'Game of Thrones' on HBO. We also have 'Star Wars' costumes which are amazing."

SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Carbone, Halloween expert, TenThirtyOne Productions CEO:

"Halloween is the second largest revenue generating day of the year, second only to Christmas. It's a 7.4 billion (US) dollar industry."

AND THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION SAYS AMERICANS WILL SPEND 350-MILLION OF THAT TO DRESS UP THEIR PETS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Kenneth Best, Owner of 'Boxster' the bulldog:

"Well it's a lot of fun, especially if you have a partner and you really enjoy your pet to go out shopping for them and you get excited about it.

SOME STORES GO EVEN FURTHER. THE URBAN PET IN LOS ANGELES HOSTS A HALLOWEEN PARTY, COSTUME CONTEST AND EVEN A FUNDRAISER FOR A LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Grey, Owner of 'The Urban Pet':

"So, Halloween is - I think - becoming one of the biggest holidays because it's an opportunity for people to express themselves and so now they're translating that to their pets."

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Kenneth Best, Owner of 'Boxster' the bulldog:

"I mean, my dog 'Boxster', when you pull out something like a sweater or something to go out for a walk, he gets excited about it and comes over and wants to put it on."

A HALLOWEEN TREND THAT'S PERHAPS MORE SILLY THAN SCARY.

MATT FRIEDMAN. ASSOCIATED PRESS.

AP TELEVISION

Los Angeles -- October 8, 2014

1. Dog wearing Yoda costume

2. Various of pet owner putting costume on dog

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Johnson, Petco, West Hollywood

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Carbone, Halloween expert, TenThirtyOne Productions CEO

5. Dog wearing sailor costume

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Kenneth Best, Owner of 'Boxster' the bulldog

7. Various of "The Urban Pet"

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Grey, Owner of 'The Urban Pet'

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Kenneth Best, Owner of 'Boxster' the bulldog

10. Various of dog wearing costume

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Summary: New haunted house celebrates New York's 'bad old days'
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Date: 10/10/2014 21:07 PM
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NEW YORK SCARE HOUSE EVOKES CITY'S 'BAD OLD DAYS'

New York City's bad old days are here again - in a Halloween haunted house, that is.

"Nightmare: New York," staged in a Lower East Side building, depicts the ugliest, scariest vision of 1970s - and '80s-era Gotham. Subways are awash in graffiti, creeps and crime. Menacing punks roam the streets. And the "characters" of Times Square do not look anything like Elmo or SpongeBob SquarePants.

Visitors wander through a 13-section maze of New York's dark side, starting with a blackout, followed by scenes amid flashing strobe lights or a fire. Characters include a psychotic, Son of Sam-style serial killer, a urine-stained homeless man, a deranged woman crawling on the floor and tunnel-dwelling "mole people" whose grotesque faces suddenly pop up from dark corners.

"When someone screams, that's our applause," says Timothy Haskell, the off-Broadway director who created the show. "But I also want them to appreciate the real-life stories that seep into your bones. Startles are ephemeral, haunting is forever."

To be sure, there is still plenty of real crime and creepiness in New York City. But the very idea that people would need to visit a haunted house to experience the worst of the "bad old days" is just what city officials like to hear. They repeatedly tout the steady drop in the city's crime rate in the past two decades, saying New York is now the safest big city in America. Last year, 333 homicides were recorded, down from 2,245 in 1990, according to police statistics.

The 38 actors starring in this in-your-face, interactive attraction crank up the fright factor for visitors who mark their faces with a blood-red X, a signal that they allow themselves to be touched by performers trying to scare them out of their wits.

"The best will be when they grab her," says Matthew Elgandy, looking at his girlfriend as they wait to enter. "I'm pretty sure my ears will be destroyed after she screams."

Before even entering the spooky spectacle, the couple was startled by a man with a nylon stocking mask who popped out of nowhere and whispered threats in their ears.

"Nightmare" is in its 11th season, with themes changing each year. It runs through Nov. 1. Tickets range from $30 to $60, the latter allowing the spectator to skip what's often an hour-long line as Halloween approaches.

"I come every year and I'm still scared, but I come again," Anthony Seala says. "Every year they push the envelope a little more."

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New York, 3 October 2014

1. Wide of Nightmare New York haunted house

2. People getting red X painted on their foreheads (red X is a more extreme haunted experience)

3. People getting red X painted on their forehead

4. Mid of woman knocking on haunted house door

5. Mid of Native American myth scene in haunted house

6. Mid of Native American myth scene in haunted house

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Timothy Haskell/Creator of Nightmare New York:

"We always say that when someone screens that is our applause. So I guess someone screaming and saying I screamed is a success, but I do care about it on a deeper level. I also want them to appreciate all that went into it, all the research, all the artistry - we do have stories in each room, so I'd really like for them to come out terrified, but truly haunted."

8. Mid of roach sign

9. Mid of roaches

10. Mid of woman yelling

11. Mid of woman yelling

12. Wide of scene from haunted house

13. Mid of stalker character in haunted house

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Jordan/Actor in the Nightmare New York:

"It's amazing, I've been doing this for 10 years. I look forward to it every year and I have other jobs during the day but I still keep coming back because it's thrilling. I like to say its 60% percent hunting and 40% performance. So I try to find that right time to catch people off guard try to think about what their insecurity might be, so I can adjust my performance to each person."

15. Mid of woman yelling and then disappearing

16. Mid of man on subway car covered in graffiti

17. Wide of scene on subway car

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Tim Roach/Attendee

"They did kidnap us and made us separate and put a bag over my head which was pretty scary, not gonna lie, but it was pretty awesome."

19. Wide of people with bags over their heads

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Locations: New York , New York , United States
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Summary: News Item (d53a2dc0-a095-f153-f3dd-4bc62c1a7c64)
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Date: 31/10/1969 05:00 AM
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10/31/69 c0006599 / color

new york: halloween:

local "monster faces" shows: sev scenes monsters being made u - last two scenes before and after make - up:

(shot 10/31/69 65ft)

halloween

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US CHILDRENS PARADE
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Summary: SYND 29-10-73 UNICEF HALLOWEEN PARADE IN NEW YORK
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Date: 28/10/1973 00:00 AM
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UNICEF holds a halloween parade in New York.

1. ms UNICEF banner carried by children2. ms girls band march past3. ms cartoon animals4. ms Bus Bunny kisses kids5. ms Porky Pig6. cu youngsters7. vs bands8. ms float9. ms spectators10. ms children with balloons11. ms children mug into camera12. ms UNICEF floatFilm: Pos - Sound: OptSOF - Colour - NYFilm: c0039680 - LN Number: LN47537 - Available in HD

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Organisations: United Nations Children's Fund, United Nations
Locations: New York , United States , North America
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Summary: USA: WASHINGTON: HALLOWEEN DESIGNER PUMPKIN EXHIBITION
Story No: 36772
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Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 31/10/1996 04:00 AM
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An American company is cashing in on the craze for designer pumpkins this Halloween.

With the U-S presidential election only five days away, the competing candidates, along with past presidents, have been made into pumpkin shell sculptures as part of a special Halloween exhibition.

When it comes to carving a career in politics, Pumpkin Masters are in a league of their own.

The company is America's largest manufacturer of pumpkin and watermelon sculpting kits, as well as accessories and pattern books.

It goes like this: tape or pin a pattern outline on to the pumpkin; poke holes along the line; remove the pattern and there you have it: your own work of art.

The unusual but visually amazing craft was once child's play.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"When we grew up as children we carved pumpkins, intricate pumpkins like these and it was a system that we had where we drew our own pattern, you placed the pattern on your pumpkin and then you poked along the design lines and simply saw dot to dot. Just like the rest of them the Mona Lisa is carved straight through and we've put the background and a frame around her so that it looks just like the real painting."

SUPER CAPTION: John Bardeen, Founder of Pumpkin Masters

The simple art form yields intricate carved pumpkins.

From your favourite movie star to your least-liked politician. But like every other skilled trade if you're going to make a good job, you must have the right tool.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"Well, the secret tools is a very small little blade that allows you to control the carving because when you are not sawing it does not cut, it's tiny so you can make sharp corners, make little details you just can't possibly do with a knife."

SUPER CAPTION: John Bardeen, Founder Pumpkin Masters

And during this time of year in the United States, the political theme could not be ignored.

One of the many categories being exhibited is "Portraits in the News", depicting local and national figures from the political spectrum.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"It has been really great to come here to show off politics and pumpkins."

SUPER CAPTION: John Bardeen, Founder of Pumpkin Masters

Pumpkin Masters has sold more than 8 million kits in the past decade making it a growing popular pastime.

And the master craftsman assures us carving is not as hard as it looks.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"Typically, if you are going to carve a pumpkin from one of our carving kits, you can probably get done in one hour and have spectacular results."

SUPER CAPTION: John Bardeen, Founder of Pumpkin Masters

They may not influence the outcome of the elections but the pumpkin sculptures do attract an interest from the public that the real-life politicians are trying hard to drum up.

Washington DC, USA, October 24th, 1996

1. Wideshot of DC's Train Station where event took place

2. MS of people waiting to go in to see exhibit

3. Cutaway of political pumpkins

4. People going in

5. MS of John Bardeen, founder of Pumpkin Masters, carving pumpkin

6. Close-up of carving hands

7. Close-up of carving eyes

8. MS of John Bardeen carving pumpkin

9. Wideshot of several carved pumpkins

10. Close-up of carved pumpkin

11. SOUNDBITE: John Bardeen, Founder of Pumpkin Masters

12. White House carving

13. Ben Franklin carving

14. Presidents carvings

15. SOUNDBITE: John Bardeen, Founder of Pumpkin Masters

16. MS of John Bardeen at work

17. SOUNDBITE: John Bardeen, Founder of Pumpkin Masters

18. Clinton/Dole carvings

19. SOUNDBITE: John Bardeen, Founder of Pumpkin Masters

20. People going in to see exhibit

21. John Bardeen at work

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USA: 23RD ANNUAL GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE UPDATE
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Summary: USA: 23RD ANNUAL GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE UPDATE
Story No: 37210
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/11/1996 04:00 AM
People: Fidel Castro
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English/Nat

Fred Flintstone, Fidel Castro and the '70s rock group KISS all met on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan for the 23rd annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

Hundreds of thousands of people - possibly as many as a million - stood along the busy avenue Thursday night to check out and be checked out by the ghouls, goblins and the other peculiarly adorned who traditionally gather at the parade.

In the American Capital the party was just as hot with the presence of characters such as the President himself.

Death on roller blades, a New Orleans jazz band and 12-foot-high skeleton puppets led the way Thursday night.

The route, about 1.5 (m) miles, was filled with thousands of people in costumes, from ghosts and witches to movie characters like Batman, to a butcher who had chopped off his own head.

On a lighter side, dozens of bands brought music to the route, including the Princeton University Band, the County Cork Pipes & Drums band, and Despers USA, a steel pan orchestra from Brooklyn.

And let's not forget the cigar smoking canine and his mask wearing master strolling down sixth avenue.

It's all for fun, it's Halloween

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"Mean fun, being a kid all the time, every Halloween. To dress up and have a good time. I'm the devil, do you want to go to hell?

SUPER CAPTION: Vox Pop

Thousands of New Yorkers and visitors came out to see of the most "scary" Halloween parades in the United States, the Greenwich Village event has a reputation to maintain.

With the elections only days away, the political issues were visible, although not necessarily to scare the public away.

Under the watchful eye of the law, the nation's capital celebrated its own party.

In the vicinity of the Georgetown University area a man showed up as President Clinton.

There were also other characters.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

Q. Tell me, what are you? Little one

"An angel."

Q. An angel? you look beautiful. And who are you?

"Her Mom, a witch. Woman: Good and evil, right?"

SUPER CAPTION: Vox pop

While thousands came to participate in this traditional event, not everyone dressed up for the occasion.

New York City and Washington DC, October 31, 1996

New York City:

1. Halloween night in NYC as Death arrives on roller blades

2. Cutaway of festive New Yorkers in down town

3. Cigar smoking and dog and his mask wearing master

4. Trick and treating along sixth avenue

5. Flying skeleton

6. SOUNDBITE: VOXPOP

7. People watching parade

8. Parade with political themes

9. Parade

Washington DC:

10. Police officers in Washington DC

11. Man pretending to be President Clinton

12. SOUNDBITE: VOXPOP

13. People along Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, DC

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