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Neil Patrick Harris And His Family Just Won Halloween After Unveiling Their 2020 Costumes

Beloved actor Neil Patrick Harris is winning over the internet once again after sharing photos of his and his family’s newest Halloween costumes. This year, Neil, his husband David Burtka, and their twins Gideon and Harper pulled out all the stops. Scroll on down, enjoy NPH and Co.’s matching 2020 costumes and check out how they dressed up during previous years, as well.

NPH’s wholesome Halloween family tradition is one of the reasons why he’s our fave actor. So Bored Panda spoke about NPH and the importance for families to have traditions with Lenore Skenazy who is the president of Let Grow, a nonprofit organization promoting childhood independence and resilience, and founder of the Free-Range Kidsmovement.

According to Lenore, dressing up for Halloween can be something that only kids do or a whole family affair. “Either way, what a great tradition!” Read on for our full interview with Lenore about what Halloween traditions families can aim to have and what they can do to come up with thematic matching costumes, just like NPH and his family.

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NPH, his husband David, and their twins Gideon and Harper have been surprising us with their Halloween costumes every year

“Personally, I went as the same thing every year: the Wicked Witch—make of that what you will. My parents stayed home dressed like parents because that’s how Halloween rolled back then. But I’ve been duly impressed by whole families that come up with a theme, including my neighbors. They made gigantic eyebrows and went as the family from Schitt’s Creek. Maybe they’ll do it again this year,” Lenore from Let Grow shared how different families have different traditions.

She pointed out that tradition is something that we do more than once. “After a couple of times, it becomes a ‘thing’—like leaving stuffed grape leaves for Santa instead of cookies: something that is the way your particular (even peculiar) family celebrates. Kids will remember this pretty much forever, and may even pass it along to the next generation.”

Peter Pan in 2011

Lenore suggested that parents and kids pick something that they all love (a movie, a vacation they had, a pet) and build their Halloween costumes around that particular theme. However, she also stressed that once kids start entering their teenage years, keeping traditions like this up might be a tad more challenging.f

“You’re connecting to that beloved time, place, or thing, but you’re also connecting to your family because you’re all in it together. Kids will love this… until at some point they don’t. (Not a lot of tweens want to dress up as fish, even though you all loved your lake vacation in 2012.) Doesn’t matter. Take pictures now and in the future, they’ll look back at and cringe, perhaps, but also maybe cry. As Carly Simon sang, ‘These are the good old days.’ Relish them.”

The Wizard Of Oz in 2012

Alice In Wonderland in 2013

Frankenstein’s Monster, Wolfman, The Bride of Frankenstein, and Dracula in 2013

Halloween From Gotham City in 2014

The family dressed up as characters from Star Wars in 2015

Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean in 2016

Harris Halloween Carnival of Curiosities in 2017

Hitchhiking Ghosts in 2018

Neil Patrick Harris and his family invited us to visit the Burtka-Harris Boo-seum’ last year, in 2019

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In 2020, the wholesome gang decided to pay homage to the 1971 American musical movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

“Oompa, loompa, doompety doo! We’ve got a family photo for you!” Neil Patrick Harris greeted his followers on the spooky occasion. Just like Heidi Klum in her brand new Halloween special, the actor reminded everyone of the global pandemic and advised to keep safe. “This year, may you invent an October 31st that is spirited, safe, and scrumptious.”

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple,” NPH continued. “Happy Halloween from the Burtka-Harris Crew!”

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Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations. A huge fan of literature, films, philosophy, and tabletop games, he also has a special place in his heart for anything related to fantasy or science fiction. Read more »

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Google Doodles A Video Celebrating Hawaiian “Over The Rainbow” Singer IZ’s 61st Birthday

There’s no doubt that many, if not all, of you have heard the iconic song Over The Rainbow, originally performed by Judy Garland playing the role of Dorothy in the movie The Wizard of Oz from 1939.

If you’re like me, you probably first heard this song sung not by the original singer, but by another artist—Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, a Native Hawaiian singer, lyricist, and musician who performed the more familiar ukulele version of this song.

Despite his passing back in June of 1997, Kamakawiwo’ole has left an immense legacy not just in Hawaii, but the entire world. To honor this, Google came out with a Doodle celebrating his life as a musician and as a Hawaiian activist on May 20th, the day he would have become 61 years old.

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Google Doodles are known for celebrating the great and awesome things that have graced the world

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On May 20th, a number of countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Iceland were graced by a Google Doodle (given they open the search engine) dedicated to the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. As explained on Google’s Doodle website, the doodle celebrates the 61th birthday of the native Hawaiian ukulele player and activist as a part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

The artist is best known for his melodic and touching rendition of Over The Rainbow, which has struck a chord with the entire world. He was such a phenomenon in Hawaii’s history, dedicating his life to advocacy of Hawaii’s culture and values, Kamakawiwo’ole is often also called the Voice of Hawaii.

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On May 20th, Google decided to celebrate the life and legacy of singer and activitst Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole

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“But Israel is so much more than one song; with his band and successful solo career, he redefined popular Hawaiian music through his own unique style and spread his love for the islands around the world. Thank you, Israel, for providing the soundtrack for Hawai’i and for continuing to move hearts around the world through your music,” reads Google’s page dedicated to this now iconic doodle.

There was also a full-length video released honoring Kamakawiwo’ole with imagery and animation prepared by the Rainbow Team at Google Doodle, and the soundtrack—yep, you’ve guessed it—the musician’s rendition of Over The Rainbow playing. The video retells the story of Kamakawiwo’ole, showing how he got his ukulele, his personality, his musical success, and his impact on Hawaiian culture.

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The Rainbow Team at Google came out with some doodles and even a video celebrating the icon’s life

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The doodle was directed by Sophie Diao, lead artist of the Rainbow Team at Google Doodle. She explained that she wanted to make an animated video about his life and legacy that would complement the song with a gentle and loose visual style. With the help of Dalani Tanahy of Kapa Hawaii, the video was embedded with traditional Hawaiian kapa, adding depth and dimension to the scene transitions, and Gabrielle Ahuli’i, a Native Hawaiian author and librarian, contributed overall ideas and feedback on making this doodle a reality.

“The foundation for the entire Doodle was the amazing phone call that we had with Jon (Israel’s producer) and Marlene (Israel’s widow). They were able to share their favorite stories about him and give so much context about who he was and what he was all about—even down to his favorite flower (plumeria),” said Diao.

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The doodles and video feature parts of IZ’s life all wrapped in a traditional and cultural Hawaiian aesthetic

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She also explained that when she was talking to Jon and Marlene, she asked what Israel would’ve wanted the Doodle to be like, and the wife immediately, without hesitation, said “Happy. Life is beautiful. He loved life.” No matter what, Israel never lost his determination to keep going, and that is felt and seen in the doodle.

Kamakawiwo’ole died at the age of 38 due to respiratory, heart, and other medical problems connected to obesity, leaving a long list of musical and cultural achievements, having spent much of his life promoting Hawaii’s independence and its ideals, becoming the legend that he is today.

The doodle was launched as a part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Watch the Google Doodle video dedicated to Kamakawiwo’ole’s life and legacy

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What are your thoughts on this? Have any favorite songs by Kamakawiwo’ole? Let us know in the comments section below!