3:40 PM -- In an effort to keep things festive, here's a hairy scary Halloween news roundup:
Reuters reports on a misunderstanding:
Passengers on a German train mistook a Halloween reveler dressed up as a gore-covered zombie for a murder victim and called the police...
A first aid team called to the scene soon cleared up the confusion. Police told the man to remove his make-up after which he was allowed to continue his journey.
"Bad Segeberg is in a rural area and Halloween isn't very well known there," police spokeswoman Silke Tobies said. "So people weren't expecting anyone to be dressed up in the train."
The Associated Press reports, unless you're planning to take a bite out of that googly-eyed pumpkin, you're going to have to pay a tax:
The Iowa Department of Revenue is taxing jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween. The new department policy was implemented after officials decided that pumpkins are used primarily for Halloween decorations, not food, and should be taxed, said Renee Mulvey, the department's spokeswoman.
The new policy, published in the department's September newsletter, has some pumpkin farmers feeling tricked this Halloween.
"I don't mind paying taxes, but let's get real here, people," said Bob Kautz, owner of the Buffalo Pumpkin Patch in Buffalo, about eight miles west of Davenport...
"It's another crazy, crazy, stupid thing," he said.
What do little girls want to be for Halloween this year? Prostitutes, says washingtonpost.com, which quotes a budding harlot, Megan:
No one does scary costumes anymore, Megan said. Blame that on the teen movie "Mean Girls," she said, quoting a line verbatim: "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it."
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