As is annual tradition, “Today” on NBC went all out on Oct. 31 to celebrate Halloween. For 2013, the theme of the elaborate costumes was favorite TV shows of the past. Lester Holt from “Today” introduced the big reveal by saying, “Television shows have been such an important part of our lives and we think it’s because of all the joy, laughter and memories they brought us throughout the years.”
Al Roker was the first “Today” host to make his grand entrance on the Halloween episode. He arrived in a black van and jumped out as Mr. T from 1980s smash TV show “The A Team.” Savannah Gutherie and Natalie Morales arrived next on a bicycle. Dressed as Laverne and Shirley, they were an adorable couple. Carson Daly made his big entrance on a motorcycle – ridden by he and the real Erik Estrada from “Chips.” Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb rolled into Rockefeller Center as Betty and Wilma from the beloved animated series “The Flintstones.” “Today” saved the best for last when they brought out Matt Lauer dressed in a red swimsuit as Pamela Anderson from “Baywatch.” Carmen Electra, one of the real-life stars from the series, accompanied Matt, as did Today’s Willie Geist dressed as David Hasselhoff. The “Daily Mail” posted on Oct. 31, “Matt Lauer stole the show.”
Jenna Bush Hager, a “Today” contributor helped out with the costume design and make-up and stated on Thursday, “This wasn’t easy!” Vanilla Ice made a surprise appearance and sang “Ice Ice Baby,” flanked by two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Loverboy also performed in the Plaza and sang “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend.”
“Today” also staged a Halloween costume contest for the general public. The three finalists were an Olympic skier, a human Scrabble board and a walking playbill from “Chicago.” The Scrabble family was named the 2013 costume contest winner.
In the end, “Today” once again pulled off a great Halloween celebration. Last year, it was tremendously toned down due to Hurricane Sandy. In the past, “Today” hosts have dressed as Star Wars characters and the Royal Family. This TV-themed event was a great success. “New York Magazine” reported that “Today” ratings have been steadily declining, but it was all fun and games on Halloween 2013.
Be sure to check out the slideshow above and to the left to see Halloween 2013 on “Today.” To vote for your favorite anchor costume, head to the “Today” website.
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