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Economic Inequality Causes Halloween Frights In Zuccotti Park

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As New Yorkers across the city dressed up for Halloween on Monday, the Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan made sure their costumes had an anti-capitalist touch. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

It was time to trick or treat at Zuccotti Park on Monday, and it was not hard to tell who the villains were in this masquerade.

"I decided I was going to be the Wicked Witch of Wall Street. So I put this together. I represent the [country's richest] 1 percent," said protester Felicia Young.

"I am a Wall Street hero," said another protester.

"They call me Tigger. And I am the 99 percent," said a third.

Even when it is not Halloween, those in the Occupy Wall Street movement often declare their opinion with crafts and wordplay. The holiday had them digging deeper for ways to symbolize their gripes about the nexis of money, greed and politics.

Occupy Wall Street knitting icon Marsha Spencer made a special "Congressional brain cap" out of yarn, and then brought along a sign reading, "Congress, if they only had a brain," for those who didn't get it.

"If they had any brains, I wouldn't be in this park," said Spencer.

The Brass Balagan band added devilish flourishes to their get-up.

"I am dressed in red, which is the color of socialism, but it's a little bit besides the point. It is Halloween," said David Simmons of Brass Balagan.

The only problem was it was sometimes hard to tell if some of the protesters where those costumes all the time. Bibi Farber has been walking on stilts for days to dramatize the perils of ceaseless economic growth.

"I am an example that you can't grow forever and ever. It's hard enough to find pants my size and men on my level," Farber said.

NY1 did not spot any protesters dressed as police or tourists -- just the real McCoys.

Some New Yorkers dressed up as Occupy Wall Street protesters for Halloween, but a trio of buskers at the park claimed they were the real deal.

"This is not a costume, this is just me. I might look funny , but I'm a really happy person," said one local.

One way it wasn't any old day, was in the buskers' open guitar case were some chocolates, along with spare change.

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