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This Halloween: Be Careful How You 'Hang' Your Decorations

Sure, you want your house to look as scary as possible. But certain haunting images are better left in the past.
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When I went trick-or-treating as a kid, there were always certain neighborhoods that would go all out. Imagine fog machines, giant spiders that suddenly moved when you walked by, pop-up clowns that refused to stay down when you hit them, bone-chilling screams triggered by reaching for candy in a bowl, the works.

But while terrifying, it never occurred to me that any of those decorations might have racist undertones. The idea hadn't occurred to Andrew Zemke in Montana either, who sent us a question about Halloween decorations for this week's Ask Code Switch.

Andrew writes:

"While decorating our house for Halloween recently, my wife and I were discussing options for displaying a realistic

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