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Chris Brown attends Rihanna's Halloween party dressed as an Islamic terrorist

Chris Brown cannot catch a break, can he? First his pop career is derailed for all of two minutes by a domestic violence charge and now his taste in bad-taste Halloween costumes is being questioned by the media. That media!

A group of children going house to house trick or treating in Oldham were handed packets of cocaine instead of sweets on Halloween, Greater Manchester Police have said.

Trick-or-treat children 'given cocaine' in Oldham

A group of children going house to house trick or treating in Oldham were handed packets of cocaine instead of sweets on Halloween, Greater Manchester Police have said.

Three killed in Madrid Halloween party stampede

Three women have been killed and two injured in a stampede during a large Halloween Night party at an indoor arena in Madrid.

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The Times prints cut-out Jimmy Savile Halloween mask

Too soon? Yeah, almost definitely. That's never stopped bad taste Halloween costumes before, though.

Halloween is too sexy

Halloween is getting sexier by the year and Eleanor Barkhorn at the Atlantic is fearful for the kids "Perhaps the most persistent argument that adults make against sexy Halloween is that women in revealing costumes are asking for trouble," she writes.

Halloween traditions: Pumpkins heads and walks with the dead

As parents carve pumpkins and children reach for the face paint ready to trick or treat, ever wondered where the traditions come from?

Stop knocking Halloween. It’s a chance to crack my teeth on toffee apples

Brits buy in to spookiness, so bring on the pumpkins and trick-or-treating.

Halloween boosts consumer spending

British consumers are spending more on Halloween merchandise than ever. Waitrose announced yesterday it had seen a hefty rise in sales of its horror-themed goods compared to last year, and across the country it is contending with Valentine's Day to be the biggest consumer event after Christmas and Easter.

Mark Hix's Halloween black and black

Black and black

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Victoria Pendleton to play corpse bridge in Halloween-themed edition of Strictly Come Dancing

Victoria Pendleton is to play a corpse bride in this weekend's Halloween-themed edition of Strictly Come Dancing - just months before she is due to tie the knot herself.

Ain't no party like a P-Middy party

Pippa Middleton's book Celebrate offers inventive tips to hosts everywhere – such as throwing a bonfire do on 5 November. What other gems, sorry, crown jewels does she dish up?*

Nine-year-old girl in Halloween costume shot after relative mistakes her for a skunk

A nine-year-old girl has been shot in the shoulder after a relative mistook her Halloween costume for skunk.

Core values: apple pressing at Sharpham Estate

Countyfile: Devon - In the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, go west

Celebrate the season today at the 30th Autumn Festival and Apple Pressing event, which takes place at the Sharpham Estate (01803 732542; sharphamtrust.org; free) between 11am and 4pm. The 18th-century Palladian villa overlooking the River Dart at Ashprington provides a fine setting for this celebration of the apple harvest. But, thanks to the poor weather, the organisers need a little help this year, so take your own windfalls for turning into juice to help boost the estate's slim pickings. There'll also be an Apple Olympics and live music.

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