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Walmart has sparked outrage among customers by stocking an Israeli army Halloween outfit for kids.
The costume is available on the store’s website for $28.81 ahead of this year’s Halloween.
Some users of social media expressed outrage at the costume. It comes at a time of spiraling violence between Israelis and the Palestinians.
The store’s “Sheikh Fagin nose”, also available on Walmart’s website, has likewise drawn criticism.
Its large, hook-nosed appearance and the use of the name Fagin – referring to a character in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist – appear also to play into anti-Semitic stereotypes.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) costume was also heavily criticized by many on Twitter. Walmart has not as yet reacted to the criticism.
More than 40 Palestinians have died in unrest in Israel and the Palestinian territories in October 2015, many killed carrying out attacks on Israelis. Nine Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in stabbings and some gun attacks.
Earlier this year, an outfit inspired by transgender reality star and former athlete Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover was condemned as “transphobic” and “deplorable.”
Another costume based on famed Zimbabwean lion Cecil, who was shot by American dentist Walter Palmer, was criticized by an animal welfare charity.
While both real companies and internet hoaxers alike have created tasteless Ebola-themed Halloween costumes this year, it doesn’t seem anyone actually wants to buy them.
Tim Callan, chief marketing officer at SLI Systems, has an answer that suggests the zeitgeist-driven, often downright appalling costumes that make their way into the annals of internet infamy each year are a distinct minority.
E-commerce site search specialists SLI Systems tracked more than 80 million searches across 17 websites selling Halloween costumes between September 1 and October 26. They looked at holiday-specific stores, party purveyors and larger retail chains getting in on the annual action.
The Brands On Sale’s Ebola worker costumes have caused a stir on social media (photo Brands On Sale)
Data shows that costume shoppers are seeking far more wholesome options in 2014, with characters from Disney’s mega-hit Frozen the most-searched by a wide margin despite the film being almost a year old.
Online costume retailer Brands On Sale has put on sale its newest Halloween costume, the “Ebola containment suit”.
The $59.99 getup comes with a white, nurse-inspired dress, an “Ebola face shield,” a breathing mask, safety goggles and blue latex gloves. The faux leather yellow boots are sold separately.
“As the deadly Ebola virus trickles its way through the United States, fighting its disease is no reason to compromise style,” the description reads.
“The short dress and chic gas mask will be the talk of Milan, London, Paris, and New York as the world’s fashionistas seek global solutions to hazmat couture.”
The Brands On Sale’s Ebola worker costumes have caused a stir on social media.
E-commerce site search specialists SLI Systems tracked more than 80 million searches across 17 websites selling Halloween costumes between September 1 and October 26.
They looked at holiday-specific stores, party purveyors and larger retail chains getting in on the annual action.
Data shows that costume shoppers are seeking far more wholesome options in 2014, with characters from Disney’s mega-hit Frozen the most-searched by a wide margin despite the film being almost a year old.
Halloween costume shoppers are seeking far more wholesome options in 2014, with characters from Disney’s mega-hit Frozen the most-searched by a wide margin
Top 15 most-searched Halloween costumes for 2014:
1. Frozen – 1,192,000 (includes searches Elsa, Olaf & other characters)
2. Zombie – 863,000
3. Ninja – 863,000
4. Pirate – 796,000
5. Clown – 659,000
6. Witch – 588,000
7. Vampire – 565,000
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 536,000
9. Book of Life – 308,000
10. Flapper – 277,000
11. Batman – 251,000
12. Despicable Me – 233,000
13. Maleficent – 227,000
14. Monster High – 206,000
15. Star Wars – 148,000
Looking to score an awesome and unique Halloween costume this year, but don’t want to break the bank?
Check out five delightful DIY options for your Halloween costume:
1. Mary Poppins
Practically perfect in every way, this costume is easy to throw together at the last-minute using items in your closet. The accessories are key in nailing this costume so don’t forget the red bowtie, red belt, hats, the umbrella or the broomstick.
Make out like bandits with this couples costume idea. Pull this look together using striped shirts, black pants, sneakers, black hats and black gloves. The bags can be purchsed from a thift store or craft store. Use your computer to print out a stencil for the $ sign.
Bandits Halloween costumes
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
This couples’ costume is timely and easy to make. Wear a vintage outfit so that when you put down your mask, you still look like you’re dressed in costume.
4. The Hamburgler
Have a striped dress in your closet? All you need are a few accessories to transform yourself into a hamburgler.
You just need a few items to make this costume: A beige or white dress, gold accessories, sandals and rubber snakes for your hair.
Jessica Simpson has rediscovered her confidence after losing 60 lbs of baby weight and she opted for a racy Halloween costume that showed off her newly slimmed-down waist.
Jessica Simpson, 34, gave birth to baby Maxwell in May.
The wench costume also revealed plenty of cleavage and leg and she finished off the look with long hair extensions and heavy make-up.
In the family portrait, Jessica Simpson poses alongside her fiancé Eric Johnson in a Braveheart costume and their daughter, who was dressed as a rooster.
Jessica Simpson tweeted the picture on Wednesday morning, with the caption: “Happy Halloween!!!”
Jessica Simpson opted for a racy Halloween costume that showed off her newly slimmed-down waist
The star is understood to have lost 60 lbs in six months as part of her deal with Weight Watchers, which is rumored to be worth $3 million.
She also works out four times a week with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.
Harley Pasternak recently told Us Weekly: “In over 20 years, I’ve never seen as consistent of a weight loss. Jessica’s right where she needs to be. She’s gotten so much stronger.”
Wearing a curve enhancing bodysuit, Ellen DeGeneres slipped into an imitation of the blue sequined dress that Sofia Vergara suffered a wardrobe malfunction in during the Emmy Awards.
Sporting her chosen Halloween costume for season 10 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 54-year-old tried her best to channel Sofia Vergara’s Colombian accent, and even joked it was “fake”.
As Ellen DeGeneres performed her hilarious skit, while wearing a brunette wig which had the audience in stitches, an unimpressed Sofia Vergara walked in and stood with her arms folded.
Trying to keep a straight face as Ellen DeGeneres to tease her, Sofia Vergara snapped: “Your ass looks huge!”
Biting back as the show host kept up with her charade, Sofia Vergara quipped: “I can also speak American English like you.”
Turning Ellen DeGeneres around, the 40-year-old beauty screeched: “What is this? My dress was not like that!”
To which the comic mimicked and replied: “Yes, it was like that!”
And having the final word Sofia Vergara said: “You look ridiculous!”
Ellen DeGeneres slipped into an imitation of the blue sequined dress that Sofia Vergara suffered a wardrobe malfunction in during the Emmy Awards
Ellen DeGeneres then asked Sofia Vergara to teach her some Spanish.
Failing to grasp the pronunciation of the words that Sofia Vergara presented her with, the show host asked to know what she was saying.
Sofia Vergara, then said: “Oh please with that dress you should know. Let’s go dancing!” and with that said the pair began dancing to Pitbull’s song, entitled, I Know You Want Me.
Back in September, Sofia Vergara’s famous curves proved too much for her designer gown at the award show after her dress split open, right over her derriere.
Her wardrobe malfunction occurred just 20 minutes before her hit TV show won a prestigious gong at the ceremony.
But despite the embarrassing situation, Sofia Vergara shared pictures of her fashion mishap on her Twitter page, showing the busted back zip of her Zuhair Murad teal cut-out gown.
The picture showed Sofia Vergara’s pert derriere fully visible as the rear of the dress failed to contain her Latin curves.
Sofia Vergara tweeted the shot along with the caption: “Yes!!!! This happend 20 min before we won!!!! Jajajajja. I luv my life!!!!”
Kim Kardashian found a Halloween costume to perfectly accentuate her famous hourglass figure as she celebrated the holiday with her beau Kanye West.
Kim Kardashian, 32, decided to go dressed as a mermaid, squeezing her curves into a green fishtail skirt and a shell bra.
The reality star also sported a blonde wig to complete her elaborate look for the evening as she hit a Midori party in New York on Saturday.
Kim Kardashian was clearly delighted with her costume and eagerly shared photos with her fans via her Twitter and Instagram pages, including one of her with her “captain” Kanye West, who wore a naval outfit.
Kim Kardashian found the perfect Halloween costume to celebrate the holiday with her beau Kanye West
Since dating Kanye West, Kim Kardashian seems to have developed quite the penchant for leather.
And she overdid it earlier in the day on a solo outing when she teamed a knee-length red skirt with thigh high black boots, both made from her favorite fabric.
Fergie has given her 476,000 band of followers on Twitter a sneak preview of what she will bear wearing for Halloween.
Fergie posted a link to the risque photo, and said: “Getting excited 4 Halloween! HEEeeRE naughty kitty kitty, HEEeeRE naughty kitty kitty.”
She certainly looked as good as ever in the revealing outfit, which seemed to have been made from skintight latex.
No doubt her Transformers actor husband Josh Duhamel will be smiling ear-to-ear when he sees the delightfully racy photograph.
The dynamic duo hit the headlines again after they opened their hearts about cheating claims that rocked their marriage on Oprah’s Next Chapter.
The rumors Josh Duhamel had an affair with a stripper hit the headlines nine months after they tied the knot on January 10, 2009, but they say the ordeal has made them stronger.
Fergie has given her followers on Twitter a sneak preview of what she will bear wearing for Halloween
Fergie said: “We went to therapy. The whole thing just became a positive for us … Our marriage today, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Josh Duhamel, who admitted visiting the strip club but denied the cheating claims, also said he was delighted that they were presented with such a difficult challenge later in the interview.
He said: “Now, I’m actually happy that all that happened, because we wouldn’t be as strong as we are now.
“As much anger as a carried about it before, I’m actually thankful that it did happen, because in a lot of ways it made me straighten my ass out.”
Jenny McCarthy slipped herself into a voluminous strawberry costume for a Halloween carnival on Monday night.
Jim Carrey’s ex now makes a living as something of a raconteur via her warm, witty and sometimes shocking books.
The former Playboy model’s racy new book Bad Habits is subtitled, “confessions of a recovering Catholic”.
It looks at how the mother-of-one was at one time set on becoming a nun, and how her perceptions changed as she grew older.
Her steps into the world of nude modelling, which saw her become Playmate of the Year in 1993, no doubt had a particularly strong effect on her (lack of) faith.
Jenny McCarthy’s also bagged a parenting column in the Chicago Sun-Times, which is attracting controversy given her conviction that her son’s autism is linked to him being vaccinated as a child.
This view doesn’t isn’t supported by medical evidence, and there is concern that Jenny McCarthy’s outspoken views could scare other parents away from essential vaccinations.
Jenny McCarthy, 39, has also been outspoken about Jim Carrey’s lack of contact with her son, who is from a previous relationship.
Jenny McCarthy slipped herself into a voluminous strawberry costume for a Halloween carnival
Jenny McCarthy, who dated the 50-year-old comedian for more than five years, says Jim Carrey completely turned his back on Evan, 10, following their 2010 split.
“I’ve tried to ask [Jim] numerous times [to see Evan], because my son still asks,” the Love in the Wild host told Howard Stern in June, adding that Evan tells her he misses Jim Carrey “almost weekly”.
“I haven’t [reached out directly] . . . I think that sometimes people need to take a real break from each other,” she explained.
“But I still love him. I think you can love people from a distance and respect him. But as a mother, you just hope when you have a relationship with someone, it has nothing to do with the child when you break up.”
If you’re still searching for that last-minute Halloween costume, look no further. We searched through hundreds of wacky costumes to come up with our picks for the top 10.
These are some super get-ups that will be sure to shock and amaze your friends.
1. The term junk in the trunk has inspired a slew of rap songs, but this Halloween you can celebrate the slang term with a black and white zebra dress and trunk belt. (zoogstercostumes.com)
2. Who knew that you could dress up as your favorite college party game? Perfect for couples looking to be the life of the party. (rickyshalloween.com)
3. If you like to be literal, even on Halloween, go as the Killer B – literally. (rickyshalloween.com)
4. For a stylish entrance, make sure to expose your best self in a Bruno clear vinyl suit. (www.Halloween31.com)
5. You can get the Situation’s abs and tan with this Halloween costume. Make sure to walk around with your shirt up and introduce people to the situation that is your new-found muscles. (www.Halloween31.com )
6. Devise a Gru plot of your own to steal the moon in this adult Minion Dave costume. (www.Halloween31.com)
7. This Halloween you can dress as your favorite political cause. Not only can you vote to legalize marijuana, you can become the cause. (rickyshalloween.com )
8. The BP oil spill would definitely be appropriate to label as bad planning. Dress up as the bad planning that caused the spill in the first place and turn a sticky situation into a laugh for Halloween. (rickyshalloween.com )
9. Everyone has one or knows one in their neighborhood. This Halloween, you can be your favorite neighborhood nuisance and really look the part in this crazy cat-lady costume with a bathrobe and headpiece. (zoogstercostumes.com )
10. Thanksgiving may be encroaching on Halloween’s territory but either way this turkey costume is hilarious. After the big day make sure to keep it around to wear to your family’s Thanksgiving gathering next month. (zoogstercostumes.com )
Thanksgiving turkey costume for Halloween
Kim Kardashian was out shopping for Halloween outfits on Sunday in Miami and tweeted a picture of herself in a revealing tiger costume.
Kim Kardashian, 31, took the Instagram snap in the mirror of the changing room, and putting every inch of her famous curves on display in the process.
The skintight catsuit was sheer in the middle area, revealing Kim Kardashian’s enviable cleavage and stomach in the process.
Kim Kardashian teamed it up with a cat-ear headband, as the intimate photo also revealed a Michael Jackson-like costume hanging in the changing room.
The famous Kardashian is a big fan of skimpy Halloween costumes.
Kim Kardashian was out shopping for Halloween outfits in Miami
Last year, Kim Kardashian dressed up in a green sequin dress and a red wig in an effort to portray Poison Ivy from the Batman comic books.
The shopping trip was a good way for Kim Kardashian to get her mind off of her recent moving troubles.
The reality star, who’s been dating Kanye West since the beginning of this year, has been plotting a move to Miami, which has not been going as planned.
Kim and her sisters have been trying to rent a house in the popular South Beach area of the city, which sports many nightclubs, restaurants and stylish boutiques.
But instead, the famous family has been forced to find a home in the unfashionable area of North Beach, after residents blocked their application to move to South Beach.
Five ideas for a last minute Halloween costume that can be picked up at your local thrift store or the back of your closet:
The 99%: Make a sign and wear your grungy clothes to dress up as a political protester. Keep it in the spirit of Halloween by protesting the living or protesting for more candy.
The 99 per cent protester Halloween costume
Your Facebook profile: Take a piece of white poster board and decorate it like your Facebook profile. Cut out a window for your “profile picture” and simply hold the board up to your face. Bonus points: cover the poster board with a sheet of lamination film to make a write on-wipe off surface, then tape a dry erase marker to your board so friends can add “updates” to your “page.”
Instant cowboy: If you have jeans, boots and a long sleeve shirt you can dress up as a cowboy. Add a Nerf gun or cap pistol from the toy aisle and you’re ready to rustle up Halloween fun.
Tourist: If you have a Hawaiian shirt, this one is a cinch. Dig in the back of your closet for an old 35mm camera (or two) to hang around your neck. Bonus points: wear a set of mouse ears or other souvenir hat from a past vacation.
Thrift store zombie: Fenton has two thrift stores to search for frightfully cheap Halloween costumes: Value Village and Goodwill. Thrift store clothes are cheap enough that you can tear them up and splatter them with blood, and just throw them away when your spooky evening is over.
Halloween is nearly upon us and with it, the need for some seriously spooky last minute costumes. So whether you seek some full-on Dracula attire, a ghostly frock, a dash of fake blood or pair of comedy fangs, you’ll find them all here:
Angels, 119 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8AE (020 7836 5678)
London’s most famous and well-equipped fancy dress shop stocks everything from opulent Elizabethan frocks to contemporary, freakish rubber costumes.
There are new costumes being added constantly, from Angry Birds to the Honey Monster. Online store is also excellent.
, 110-112 Cheshire Street, E2 6EJ (020 7613 3636)
One of London’s biggest and best second-hand shops and an excellent place to get kitted out for a fancy-dress party, with a mighty selection of cheap garments and accessories from the 1920s-1980s. They’ll be choosing extra stock especially for Halloween so there will be plenty to choose from for vintage scares. Also have branches in Dalston, Soho and Brighton.
Charles H. Fox Ltd.,
22 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PY (020 7257 6159)
This is the place professionals in the film and theatre industries come for make-up, wigs, latex and lashes. 1-2-1 tranny workshops are also on offer, alongside glamour, editorial and avant-garde make-up workshops.
The Costume Studio, 159-161 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BG (020 7923 9472)
An impressive selection of authentic-looking costumes and trimmings but at a price: around £80 an outfit for a week’s hire. Their attention to detail makes them a popular choice for costume drama inspired dress. If you’re channeling Downton Abbey or Jane Eyre, The Costume Studio can help.
Find your memorable Halloween costume in one of the London shops
Escapade, 45-46 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ (020 7485 7384)
This well-known Camden shop has an extensive range of masks and accessories, as well as full character outfits from Harry Potter to Superman. You can also order from their website to avoid the inevitable and enormous Halloween queues.
Mad World Fancy Dress
, 69-85 Tabernacle St, EC2A 4BA (020 7253 1003).
With more than 35,000 costumes from historical to comic, crammed into a warehouse basement, this is Old Street’s hidden gem. These guys are well prepped for Halloween, but transformed many people’s outfits during Vintage at Southbank too.
National Theatre Costume Hire, Chichester House, Kennington Park Business Estate, 1-3 Brixton Road, SW9 6DE (020 7735 4774).
Any member of the public can can make an appointment at the National Theatre’s costume warehouse, whether they’re looking for a specific item or a whole ensemble. Rails are arranged chronologically from dramatic 18th century ballgowns to 1920s flapper dresses for women, and top hats and tails to Elizabethan ruffs and doublets for men. Enthusiastic staff are on hand to help you build a top-to-toe look.
Prangsta, 304 New Cross Road, SE14 6AF (020 8694 9869).
A bespoke costumier in New Cross with a unique made-to-measure service as well as ready made costumes and staff who can help you put an outfit together thanks to their styling service. This is the go-to venue for circus styling, and 18th century outfits are their bestsellers, but recent demand means they’ve just increased their 1920s range.
Screenface, 48 Monmouth Street, WC2 9EP (020 7836 3955)
A vast selection of theatrical make-up, fake eyelashes and body jewellery will help you get into character. Plenty of scary effects available for Halloween, from realistic gelatin wounds to dental fit vampire fangs. Book in for a dramatic make-over if you’d like them to do the hard part for you.
A new research has revealed that the most popular Halloween costumes for 2011 will be birds related.
Angry Birds is on top of the list of 2011 Halloween costume-related searches from Google, with Natalie Portman’s troubled character from Black Swan coming a close second.
The animal theme appears to be a popular one this year, as another choice for Halloween 2011 costumes was Wilfred, the man-dressed-as-a-dog character from the TV series of the same name.
Other Halloween costumes which were ranking high on the list were celebrities Nicki Minaj and Charlie Sheen, while Smurfette, Tangled’s Rapunzel and characters from Monster High were proving popular with younger users.
Angry Birds is on top of the list of 2011 Halloween costume-related searches from Google
TV’s Sixties revival has also had an impact. NBC’s The Playboy Club has inspired the return of the Playboy Bunny outfit, while Christina Ricci’s turn as Maggie in Pan Am has made the air stewardess outfit a new hit, expect to see plenty of blue pillbox hats and jaunty sailor-style collars.
Linda Carcaci, from the Creative Costume Company, says she knew Pan Am would spark a Halloween trend as soon as ABC announced the show, and immediately started designing a replica.
Linda Carcaci told DNAinfo.com: “We have had so many calls about it.”
The president of rival costume store Ricky’s NYC, Dominick Costello says the disgraced public figures, such as Charlie Sheen, are the big sellers.
Mentioning Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger as other customer favourites, Dominick Costello said: “We call them our three musketeers.”
Dominick Costello said that political figures are always popular, but this year, more than ever.
“I think when Arnold, Anthony and Charlie happened in a similar time frame we were like <<OK here we go>>”.
“It was a no brainer.”
The Ricky’s idea is such a hit, that even Charlie Sheen is going as Charlie Sheen.
Even Charlie Sheen is going as Charlie Sheen for Halloween 2011, as he tweeted few days ago
Charlie Sheen posted a picture of the costume on his Twitter page yesterday, writing: “Trick or Treat Cadre! Got my Halloween costume.”
“All set! Yeah, this really confused the kids.”
Google’s 12 most searched Halloween 2011 costumes:
1. Angry Birds
2. Black Swan
3. Playboy Bunny
4. Nicki Minaj
7. Monster High
9. Captain America
10. Pan Am
11. Charlie Sheen