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We Roundup Our Favorite Halloween Costumes From The Year Submitted By Mitú Fans

Halloween is all about letting your creativity shine. Some people might phone it in with some animal ears and underwear and that’s fine. But some people really go all out to make the most important dress-up night of the year worth it. Here are some of the best Halloween costumes you all submitted tagged @wearemitu in. Did yours make the list?

This new #filter/#nofilter couples costume is the latest trendy costume and we ship it.

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We all know that adding a filter to a photo will bring out all of the best in you, or at least that’s what Snapchat and Instagram want you to believe. Regardless, seeing this couple making the most of their social media connection, even including the unicorn ears and horn, is so great.

Of course, there is nothing purer than including your sweet puppies into your Halloween costume.

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OMG! Look at those sweet little angels perfectly rocking the Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes. We hope they went trick or treating to get all of the doggie treats available to them. They very clearly deserve it.

Doña Angela is the YouTube sensation you need to be following if you aren’t already.

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The abuelita YouTube sensation is bringing all of her rancho recipes to you via the internet. Her page is so popular, she has already received two plaques from YouTube celebrating her evergrowing subscription numbers. This costume is genius and the work that went into it paid off.

You can’t forget the most classic couples costume.

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Tapatío and Cholula are the most recognizable hot sauces in anyone’s kitchen. It just makes sense to pair the two together for the ultimate couple’s foodie costume. You can even turn this into a family costume when a little baby comes along by making the baby a burrito.

Who else remembers “The Fairly Oddparents”?

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Simple, crafty, cheap. This is one costume you can make on a budget and people will recognize exactly who you are. Timmy Turner is one of the most nostalgic cartoon characters of our childhood. This costume is a great homage to the kid with the pink hat.

Selena is cute but what about a zombie Selena?

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We have seen Selena costumes every year and the most common one is clearly the purple jumpsuit. This little fan took it just one step further and delivered a zombie version of la reina. Tbh, we’d probably get bit by a zombie Selena because we’d try to get her to sing for us.

Frida Kahlo + Diego Rivera = Costume Goals

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Recognizable, fun, cultural. Spread that love of your Mexican heritage with a costume paying tribute to two of the most iconic artists to ever come out of Mexico.

This piñata costume is kind of everything our childhood dreams are made of.

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Wow. The time it must have taken to cut and glue the paper without it ripping or falling apart is impressive. That is some señora level of patience and precision. We salute you and the hard work you obviously put in to make your costume one to remember.

Kids are the perfect blank canvas for your costume desires.

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We are going to assume these little ones haven’t watched “The Bride of Chuckie” since it is a little too much for little ones. However, that shouldn’t stop you from using your little tykes to show off your design skills and love of all things horror.

Bad Baby Bunny might be this year’s Halloween winner.

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This is too adorable not to love. Like, wow. The mom behind this costume is one of the greatest costume designers we’ve see. She nailed it with the pants and the extra eye!

No costume list is complete without our favorite superhero El Chapulin Colorado.

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Truly one of the greats. We cannot stress enough how much we enjoy seeing all of your costumes this year. Talk about a great year for homemade and relevant costumes. You all rock!

READ: Students from Northern Arizona University Have Gone Viral for Their Wildly Offensive Halloween Costumes

Google Launches Faces Of Frida So You Can Pass The Time Learning About The Artist’s Life

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Google Launches Faces Of Frida So You Can Pass The Time Learning About The Artist’s Life

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Few artists have reached the level of fame as Frida Kahlo. The Mexican painter is more than an artist. Kahlo is a point of cultural pride that transcends nationality within the Latino community and unites Latino art lovers in their le of Latin American art. Now, Google, in the time of self-isolation, is giving everyone a chance to learn about the iconic painter.

Google wants to give everyone a chance to learn about Frida Kahlo with its online “Faces of Frida” exhibit.

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Anyone who visits the “Face of Frida” exhibit can browse through the artist’s incredible paintings. Kahlo is one of the most influential artists the world has ever known. Her fame and people’s admiration continue to this day with tributes still appearing around the world for the Mexican artist.

Viewers can decide which museum’s Frida Kahlo collection they want to explore.

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The exhibit is made possible by 32 museums from around the world collaborating to show Frida Kahlo’s impressive and iconic works of art. Museums across four continents shared Kahlo piece from their exhibits with Google to create an exhibit showing more than 800 paintings. Some of the museums include Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico, Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the United States, Nagoya City Art Museum in Japan, Fundación MAPFRE in Spain, and Buenos Aires Graffiti in Argentina.

The interactive exhibit is perfect for all Frida Kahlo and art lovers alike. While 3.4 billion people in the world are on lockdown orders, the incredible virtual exhibit of Kahlo’s work gives people a chance to see works of art they haven’t been able to visit yet.

The exhibit is easy to navigate and some of Kahlo’s works have been collected into their own themed galleries.

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Kahlo is most famous for using her own life as the inspiration for her works of art. The artist often played with the themes of pain and death due to her own near-death experiences. Her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera influenced Kahlo’s work depending on where they were in their relationship. The couple was notorious for taking extra-marital lovers throughout their marriage.

“Faces of Frida” also offers art fans a chance to learn about Kahlo through editorial features.

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Kahlo was one of the most revolutionary women in the world. She moved through space unimpeded by society’s views on her gender and place in society. She was politically engaged and held onto a list of values that many still argue over today. Namely, there have been discussions and think pieces about the sudden commercialized usage of Kahlo’s image and what she might have to say about it. As someone who was opposed to capitalism, it seems safe to say she might not have appreciated herself being used for capitalistic gains.

You can visit “Faces of Frida” by clicking here.

READ: This LA Play Explores The Mystery Surrounding Frida Kahlo’s Death, Her Love Affairs, And Her Passion For Art

This LA Play Explores The Mystery Surrounding Frida Kahlo’s Death, Her Love Affairs, And Her Passion For Art

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This LA Play Explores The Mystery Surrounding Frida Kahlo’s Death, Her Love Affairs, And Her Passion For Art

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Frida Kahlo’s Death Has Long Been The Subject Of Debate —This Play Unpacks The Painter’s Last Week Of Life 

This LA Play Explores The Mystery Surrounding Frida Kahlo’s Death, Her Love Affairs, And Her Passion For Art

This Play Explores The Last Week Of Frida Kahlo’s Life —And The Mystery Will Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat

There have been many movies, television dramas and stage productions based on the life and works of Mexico’s most famous artist Frida Kahlo, but none of these stories had ever explored the woman’s last week of life. As it turns out, her death has been an open-ended and unanswered question mark. Many believe there was a cover up, and this play dives deep into the mystery. 

The award-winning playwright and actress, Odalys Nanin explores the mental, emotional and physical condition during the last week of Frida Kahlo’s life in her latest play.

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‘Frida: Stroke of Passion’ peels away the secret cover up of the painter’s death and reveals what or who killed Frida Kahlo.

Until recently, Nanin, managed and produced at the MACHA Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, a company she founded years ago.

After writing and producing nearly a dozen plays, Nanin presented her last production at the MACHA last fall. The play was another original she wrote, this time about Mexico’s most controversial artist, and one of the world’s most famous painters, Frida Kahlo. 

Frida: Stroke of Passion, enjoyed a three-month long run last fall and received rave reviews and awards.

Frida Kahlo died July 13, 1954. Her death certificate alleges cause of death: “pulmunary embolism” but no autopsy was allowed and she was immediately cremated. The play explores her mental, emotional and physical condition during the last week of her life – exposing her love affair with famous Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, Maria Felix, Josephine Baker, Tina Moddoti, Leon Trotsky, a Cuban spy and her complex passionate love for Diego. 

Back by popular demand and with a grant from LA County Arts, DAC and CAC, “Frida: Strokes of Passion” premieres February 7 in Boyle Heights for six shows.

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In Nanin’s tale, Kahlo’s bout with bronchopneumonia and the loss of her right leg left her frail and numb, “Her right leg had been amputated from the knee down so she is either in her wheel chair or bed ridden.  She was under a lot of pain killers and alcohol in order to numb her pain. So she was between a daze of sleep and awakening.”

“Espero que la salida sea gozosa, y espero nunca mas volver.”

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In a diary entry written just days before her death, she wrote, “I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return.” For these reasons, Nanin believes the artist took her own life.

In the play, Nanin delves deeper into Frida’s sexuality.

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“What initiated the spark of passion in me to write about Frida Kahlo was because as a lesbian Latinx I relate to her courage and fearless determination to stand up to injustice and to be the voice of the voiceless through her art and political activities.” 

The main players in the story are Kahlo’s tormented husband, Diego Rivera, the love of her life, but there were other lovers.

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Her passion didn’t just start or end with Rivera, there were several women in-between and one other man who also captured her heart, and during her final days, they all came visiting– taunting and haunting her with the memories they each represented. Women like Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, Mexican movie star Maria Felix, cabaret singer and dancer Josephine Baker, famous model and photographer Tina Modotti, and Cuban revolutionist/spy Teresa Provenza. There was also the ghost of Leon Trotsky, a man she admired and loved and whose murder haunted Kahlo for the rest of her days.

The production has also been released in the form of a book. 

Nanin has written a book capturing her play in print– the story goes far beyond Kahlo’s Mexican and European Surrealism, and her indigenous Mexican culture influence. Frida Kahlo hated societal rules and traditions at every level, and she felt shackled as a woman. In the book, Nanin explores her frustrations, her love affairs, her queerness and overall, her passion for art. 

“Frida – A Stroke of Passion” runs February 7–9 and 14–16 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Casa 0101 Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets and more information, click here.