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12 Wordplay Halloween Costumes

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By this time of year, we've seen list after list of great Halloween costumes, not to mention the many cosplay galleries that appear all year long. Buried in those lists, there are some costumes that require you to think, because they aren't all that obvious. Some illustrate a concept instead of a character. Others bring to mind a common phrase or adage. And yet others signify a pun that will make you laugh -once you figure it out. Here are some of those wordplay costumes you might enjoy.

Redditor Brettera hung a bicycle wheel in front for her Halloween costume. It doesn't make much sense by itself, but as you can see in this gallery of pictures, she spent the evening posing with people wearing couple's costumes. She is the Third Wheel!

Brettera's inspiration came from her boyfriend, who teamed up with his roommate for a sort-of couples costume without her. A couple's pun costume. These cheerleaders are ceiling fans.

This picture has been reposted so many times, I can't find who is wearing this clever but simple last-minute pun costume. I'm sure that you can figure it out if you stare at his chest for a moment. Spotted at The Chive. Oh yeah, it's a spice rack.

In 2005, the big movie in theaters was The Legend of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas. T.J. Griffin spiced up his Zorro costume by adding some Canadian flags to his neckerchief and armband and was "Zorro, featuring Ontario Bandanas." Ha!

Redditor zacch mixed a literary figure with a statement on the trend of inappropriately sexy Halloween costumes when he dressed as Edgar Allan Ho. He explained:

I have a little paper sticking out of my pocket that says "Nevermore..."
If people didn't get it I told them I was Hipster Hitler.

Of course, the picture sparked dozens of further puns about Poe.

If we are going to go with literary puns, we cannot overlook this year's hottest novel, which was easy to recreate with a trip to the paint store for sample swatches. Behold, they had 50 Shades of Grey.

Heisenberg is a dangerous drug manufacturer, but Heisenburger is a delicious pun.

A dachshund dressed up as Anthony Weiner Dog at the 23rd Annual Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park in New York City.

This is the one that made me laugh when I saw it. Sure, it's an outdated stereotype but they had to overdo it to make sure everyone gets the pun. French KISS. A year later, even more people are trying this one. 

And then there's the pun you have to travel around the world for. It's a good thing redditor yourenotmydad had a sign -otherwise, he'd have had to tell that whole joke to everyone who saw him!

Under the category of things instead of characters, redditor Illinformedpseudoint caught a photograph of a guy dressed as the opening credits of the TV sitcom Cheers. See how well he recreated the iconic image that those of us of a certain age remember so well. He even has the expression down pat!

Many people try to be a Disney character, but it takes real courage to be a Disney theme park! Rob Cockerham's Halloween costumes have been featured here before, but this year's is something else altogether. He constructed a miniature replica of Disneyland, made to wear at an angle, so people could see it. That's his face sticking out of Sleeping Beauty's castle. The pictures of the finished costume are on page 17 of the post. Can he walk around in it? Yes, but he cannot lift his own drink. Doorways may be a problem, too.

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Here's What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy
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Americans indulged their sweet tooth in a major way this Halloween, spending an estimated $2.7 billion on candy intended for front porch distribution. Rather than confronting a weepy child with an empty bowl because they bought too little, shoppers tend to buy in bulk. Come November, that can mean pounds of sugar-packed temptation still sitting in the house.

The good news: You can remove the risk to your waistline and do some good at the same time. A number of charitable organizations take leftover candy and send it to troops stationed overseas. Operation Gratitude has set up a number of drop-off centers around the country—you can search by zip code—to accept your extra treats. Once collected, they’ll send them to both troops and first responders. Last year, the group collected nearly 534,000 pounds of goodies.

Often, drop-off locations will be located in dental offices as a way of reminding everyone of the perils of tooth decay from excess sugar consumption. Some dentists even offer buy-back programs, paying $1 for each pound returned.

If donating to a national program is proving difficult, you can always deliver the extra candy to local food pantries or homeless shelters.

[h/t weartv.com]  

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The FDA Has a Warning for People Who Love Black Licorice
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Every Halloween, children and adults alike gorge on candy. One estimate puts the number of junk calories consumed at up to 7000 per kid, the equivalent of 13 Big Macs. While all of that sugar is most certainly not healthy, Consumerist reports that there’s actually a more immediate danger to your well-being: black licorice.

Most versions of the candy, which gains some popularity around the spooky season, contains glycyrrhizin, a sweetening compound found in the licorice root. While tasty, glycyrrhizin can affect potassium levels in the body, causing them to fall to dangerously low levels. High blood pressure, swelling, and even heart issues can develop as a result.

It’s not just bingeing that can cause issues. According to the Food and Drug Administration, adults over 40 who eat more than two ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could suffer heart problems like arrhythmia. If you have a history of heart disease, you’re even more susceptible to complications.

The FDA recommends using a little common sense when consuming black licorice, eating it in moderate amounts and stopping if you notice any adverse symptoms. If you do experience potassium level drops, it’s usually reversible once you put the bag down. Treats that are licorice-flavored are typically artificial and won’t have the same effect as the actual plant root—but for your waistline’s sake, try to avoid gorging on anything.

[h/t Consumerist]

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