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We Want Your Best (and most embarrassing) Halloween Costume Photos!

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Is it just me, or was Halloween way more fun when you were a kid? You could trick-or-treat to your heart's desire (on HALLOWEEN, not the night before "“ pet peeve of mine) while wearing a sweet, mom-made costume (or that plastic mask from the store that you had to have or you would die) and then go home to watch movies that you probably shouldn't have been watching while gorging on far too much candy. It was the best, especially when it was on a Friday or Saturday.
We might not be able to go back and do Halloween the way we used to, but we can at least revisit it - send your favorite (or most embarrassing) costume-of-old to flossypics@gmail.com. If your favorite costume was just a couple of years ago, that's OK too. One of my favorites was last year's Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett getup, but the picture you're looking at is me when I was a tot. Halloween in Iowa can be notoriously cold (I've definitely trick-or-treated in the snow more than once), so my mom wanted me to wear something warm "“ thus, a mouse costume made out of cozy grey flannel. I had a nose and whiskers painted on later.

Watch for a gallery of reader costumes in the coming weeks! Extra points for anyone who submits a Jem costume from the "˜80s"¦ I know there's one out there.

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Stare All You Want at These Photos of the Solar Eclipse
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It’s Superman’s worst nightmare: the complete disappearance of the Sun from our perch on Earth. For non-Kryptonians, it’s a rare and awesome chance to see a unique spectacle that hasn’t happened for 99 years. Multitudes gathered Monday to observe the solar eclipse, a complete obstruction of the sun’s rays by the moon in an epic galactic photo-bombing. Here’s how stargazers across the country greeted the astronomy event.

Artist Orion Fredericks created this art installation, 'Exsucitare Triectus,' for the public at the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Ochoco National Forest.
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Twitter user Doug McArthur of Portland finds a novel way of avoiding direct eye contact.

Observers at Cal State Fullerton utilize a USPS-approved method for observing the eclipse safely.

That tiny little blemish isn't a bug on your screen: It's the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse.

Pictured: an unidentified man and Zuul, Gatekeeper of Gozer.

The 'diamond ring' effect as seen from the Lowell Observatory in Madras, Oregon.
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Another novel way to avoid retina damage while enjoying the spectacle.

Through a portal in Kansas City, Kansas.

Boston gets its view of the celestial sensation.

The safest way to be in awe.
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