#TheDailySpin: Search engines carve up more than just pumpkins for Halloween

Trick-or-treat? Visitors to Google, Yahoo, and Ask (among others) came away with something other than candy on Monday. Plus, bugs and zombies infesting your television, the hidden PR messages behind these 10 costumes, and more.

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If you’re scared of insects, you may want to avoid the television. Marketers have begun infesting networks with “bugs,” the tiny logos typically viewed in the bottom corners of your screen.

Of course, product placement is always a viable option—as documentarian Morgan Spurlock of “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” showed—providing often-struggling filmmakers with an appealing option to vocalize the stories they’ve wanted to share, but never had the means to.

Wherever they’re advertising, it appears corporate America’s marketers are having quite the love affair with zombies as of late. Sears, Honda, Starburst, and more—they’re all out to get you (and your money, they hope).

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