This Year's Halloween Costumes and their Spooky Stereotyping

You want scary? How about a return to the '50s?

We pass quickly by the stuff meant for people who want to signify that they know it's Halloween while making as little effort as possible—a red T-shirt that says "Devil"; a set of cat ears—and stop to admire a black pinstriped gangster suit. Does it come with the machine gun in the picture? "Oh, no," Kenig says, reminding me of the New York City law that makes selling a toy gun that looks like a real gun illegal; it has to be painted a frankly fake color.

OK, perfect! I think. Even the toughest gangster will have to pack a pink gun.

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