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Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Nightmare Before Sarah Palin



New Yorkers who want a Sarah Palin Halloween mask just may have to settle for a pig wearing lipstick.
Costume store owners, who say they're getting deluged with requests for masks of the GOP vice presidential nominee - have had to get creative since she wasn't even nominated when they put in their orders.
"The Sarah Palin is going to be huge," said James Gleason, 26, a manager at Halloween Adventures downtown. He said five to 10 customers a day ask for a Sarah costume.
He put in a rush order for rubber Palin masks from Rubie's Costume Co. in Queens, but he's still waiting for them.
So with no real Sarah mask for the Halloween display, the store decided to try to cash in on Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" comment on the campaign trail last month.
They took their standard pig mask, put bright lipstick on it, slapped on an $8.99 price tag and hung it next to masks of Obama and John McCain in the store's Fourth Ave. display window.
"Oh, my God, everybody's been asking for them," said clerk Jimmy James, 21.
"I think it's funny," said NYU student Mina Lee, 18, as she looked at the display. "I don't see any way people could be offended."
Rusty McMann, in town from Las Vegas, bought a pig in lipstick getup to wear during last night's debate.
"The whole point was to wear it for Halloween and then I realized, oh, there are parties tonight," said McMann, 38, an Obama supporter. "My friends will get a big kick out of it."
Buycostumes.com is offering paper Palin masks for 99 cents and Ricky's NYC in Tribeca is selling Palin-like glasses with an "Amy Winehouse" wig. Costume department manager Tiffany Poucher, 36, said she's telling people to tuck it up into a French twist to get the Palin look.

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