There's never a dull moment around here, but throw costumes and competition into the mix and the newsroom is downright hilarious. The Halloween contest was a first for our staff, but definitely not the last time we'll be shamelessly chasing after an extra vacation day and a bucket of chocolate. Go behind the scenes for a glimpse of why this TV family keeps things interesting. Happy Halloween from Anderson Cooper and AC360°!
Thanks for submitting your clever Halloween costumes to iReport. We'll continue to post some of our favorites here, and be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET tonight to see which photos are featured on-air! We're also going to reveal the winner of our AC360° staff costume contest!
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(CNN) - Robin Lim is helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia have a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Lim is a midwife and founder of the Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics, which offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it. She and her team have been working to combat the country's high maternal and infant mortality rates since 2003.
CNN asked Lim for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.
CNN: Where were you when you got the call that you'd been selected as a top 10 CNN Hero?
Robin Lim: It was breakfast time, and the family was gathered in our big, open-air kitchen at home in Bali. Someone was cutting up papaya and mangoes. I could smell toast being made. I was pouring tea, still quite sleepy from the birth I had attended the night before.
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Reporter's Note: I took today off to celebrate Halloween, but that does not keep me from posting my daily letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
I realize that this may sound ridiculous, but frankly I don’t care. I have been reading more reports lately about towns and counties around the nation changing Halloween from October 31st to just the last Friday or Saturday in October, complete with specified hours for trick or treating.
In other words, (in my view) they want to change it from a deliciously wild departure from the staid and sane that comes without fail on the witching, final way of October, into just another chore to caged by convenience and relegated to a corner where it won’t interfere with work or school. What a shame.
The point of a holiday is to take a departure from the normal, and to accept that departure when it comes, not just when we want it. If this is a good idea, why don’t we just move all holidays to Saturdays…Christmas included? Why not say the New Year starts, oh sometime around the beginning of January?
Why, we could even extend it beyond the holidays! Election day? Make that a Saturday too, after all we would not want to upset the delicate work day with people doing something as frivolous as deciding who should run the government.
I think holidays should be on the days they commemorate; no matter how capricious or silly the original selection of those dates may seem to us now. I enjoyed the ebb and flow of Halloween as a child; knowing that if it happened to fall on a weekend it might prove wilder than usual, and yet if it fell during the week it was a thrilling break from the mundane.
I’m not sure how far your powers extend, but since presidents seem to have no hesitation about sticking their noses into all sorts of business, how about helping out on this front? You could issue some sort of executive order commanding that Halloween must be celebrated on the 31st, or violators will be turned over to the Death Eaters, or something like that.
Anyway, for now at least, our neighborhood still celebrates on the proper day, so I have to go…lay out some candy, crank up the sound effects, and get ready to scare some kids out of a few years’ growth. Ha! Come by if you wish…or if you dare…mwah ha ha ha!
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