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We regret to inform you that your inflatable T. rex costume is not virus-proof

Earlier this month, Felix Brodie parked his car in front of the Vons supermarket in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and suited up: full-length black cloak, balaclava, black leather gloves, and the final touch – a reproduction of a 17th-century beaked plague doctor’s mask (complete with top hat) that he bought on Etsy. Then he headed into the store to buy some yogurt. The mask had been a joke purchase, bought on a whim at the beginning of the pandemic but serendipitously timed. “Right when it showed up at my doorstep, it was recommended that everyone wear masks in public,” says Brodie, 24. “I thought, well, perfect.”

Idaho school to reinstate staff who wore controversial Halloween costumes

The Middleton School District announced in a news release Wednesday that it will “welcome our teachers and aides back into their classrooms in the next few days,” having finished an internal investigation involving staff at Middleton Heights who wore controversial Halloween costumes depicting a border wall and stereotyped Mexicans.

UO professor who donned blackface at party apologizes

EUGENE – A University of Oregon law professor who donned blackface as part of a doctor costume at her Halloween party has apologized, saying she only wanted to stimulate dialogue about race relations in America. Nancy Shurtz said in an apology released Friday that she wore a white coat, stethoscope and black face paint to portray Dr. Damon Tweedy, who wrote the best-selling memoir “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine,” the Register-Guard reported on Saturday.

Spokane Arts seeks volunteers

Spokane Arts is looking for volunteers who are willing to work two-hour shifts at the annual Spokane Arts Awards Costume Ball and Fundraiser on Nov. 5 at the Historic Washington Cracker Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave.

Is your dog’s Halloween costume sexist?

Young girls may be discarding their princess wands for superhero capes this Halloween, but not so in the canine world. The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where career costumes labeled “male” include firefighter and police officer, while female dogs can choose between a pink cowgirl costume and pink loofah.

There’s no place like Garland Street Fair

Munchkins and flying monkeys alike followed the Yellow Brick Road to the Garland District on Saturday. The Garland Street Fair, the annual tribute to Judy Garland and “The Wizard of Oz,” whirled through Garland Avenue. About 100 vendors showed their wares, while costumed revelers came to celebrate. And their little dogs too: Several brought their dogs dressed as flying monkeys for the occasion.

Rent perfect Halloween costume

Just in time for Halloween, Theater Arts for Children will rent costumes for all ghosts, goblins and other assorted characters. The theater, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., will be open Oct. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. to pick out the perfect Halloween disguise. Rental prices for most costumes on the first Saturday are $15 per costume, with a $15 deposit. Prices on the second Saturday jump to $20 per costume, with a $20 deposit.