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Video: Boo! TODAY celebrates Halloween

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updated 11/1/2010 7:24:21 PM ET 2010-11-01T23:24:21

TODAY took a break from the news business Friday to put on a pop-culture party — its annual “Halloween on the Plaza” extravaganza. Viewers and a chilly Rockefeller Plaza crowd alike got a chance to go Gaga, catch Bieber Fever, and gawk at two high-flying legends.

TODAY’s Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales, Al Roker and Ann Curry pulled out all the stops for their Halloween getups, joined by stars Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, who portrayed the characters for whom they provide voices in the new animated fantasy “Megamind.”

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Co-host Matt Lauer was off on assignment conducting an interview with former President George W. Bush, yet he still got things rolling with a taped segment in which he headed out into the Manhattan morning to catch his flight. His travel was interrupted by a cell phone plea for help from “Megamind’s” ace TV reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Fey), who had been kidnapped and tied to railroad tracks.

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From left, Superman (Al Roker), Justin Bieber (Natalie Morales), Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), Megamind (Will Ferrell), Amelia Earhart (Ann Curry), and Lady Gaga (Meredith Vieira) made Halloween 2010 a pop-culture extravaganza on Rockefeller Plaza.
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Lauer looked for a phone booth and found one occupied by Dean Cain, who played Superman in the 1990s series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Once the actor vacated the booth, Lauer popped in.

Matt Lauer encounters former Superman portrayer Dean Cain while looking for a vacant phone booth.

In a moment, out of the phone booth burst the Man of Steel himself, now impersonated by Al Roker in spandex and a wig. Superman was joined by Megamind (Ferrell), and they set about rescuing Roxanne (Fey), who was tied none too securely to railroad tracks and menaced by an oncoming model train. She was freed with ease.

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Next came newsreel footage describing aviator Amelia Earhart’s mysterious disappearance while attempting to circle the globe in 1937, at the end of which it was revealed that Earhart had finally been found alive and well on Rockefeller Plaza — in the form of Ann Curry, in vintage aviatrix gear.

“Man! That was a long flight!” Earhart (Curry) exclaimed. “I knew I should have taken the train.”

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Bieber fever dream
But Earhart’s return speech was interrupted by the shrieks of young women who had spotted a more contemporary idol on the plaza. And amid flashing lights and dry ice, Canadian tween heartthrob Justin Bieber — or at least a reasonable facsimile, in the form of TODAY’s Natalie Morales — took the plaza stage. Complete with Justin’s trademark side-swept bangs, Morales showed off her best dance moves. But she proved to be just a warm-up act for the main event.

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Natalie Morales rocks the plaza as Justin Bieber.

“You ready, little monsters?” Bieber (Morales) yelled while revealing none other than reigning pop superstar Lady Gaga, portrayed by TODAY anchor Meredith Vieira. In a formfitting pink hoop gown, Vieira belted out Gaga’s signature hit “Bad Romance” while the crowd on the plaza — many in bizarre costumes themselves — cheered in approval.

The party continued as Roker announced a very special guest: President Barack Obama. Looking every inch the Commander in Chief, complete with Secret Service entourage, President Obama (actually TODAY’s own Tamron Hall) pressed the flesh in the crowd before mounting a presidential podium set up on Rockefeller Plaza.

“As you can imagine, I’m pretty busy right now, but when I was invited to see the crowd at the TODAY Show, I could not resist,” Hall-Obama intoned. “God bless America. Happy Halloween!”

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It was only the latest chapter in TODAY’s history of over-the-top Halloween celebrations. In 2009, the talent dressed as “Stars Wars” characters: Vieira as Princess Leia, Lauer as Luke Skywalker, Curry as Darth Vader, Roker as Han Solo, Kathie Lee Gifford as C-3PO, Morales as Queen Padme Amidala, and Hoda Kotb as Yoda.

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In 2008, the anchors donned whimsical costumes from children’s favorite bedtime stories: Vieira as Pinocchio, Lauer as Humpty Dumpty, Roker as a gingerbread man and Curry as Cinderella. A year earlier, TODAY dressed as the title characters from the iconic TV show “The Munsters,” with Lauer as Herman, Vieira as Lily, Roker as Grandpa, Kotb as Marilyn and Morales as Eddie.

After the big reveal of this year’s TODAY Halloween outfits, the gang gathered to compare their costumes. Ferrell and Roker commiserated over having to wear tights to make their looks complete.

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In the 10 a.m. hour, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford unveiled their costumes, which also raided pop culture: Gifford was Lucille Ball’s immortal “I Love Lucy” character Lucy Ricardo, and Hoda was her pal Ethel Mertz as they re-created the immortal “grape-stomping” episode in which Lucy took a job in an Italian vineyard.

 

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  1. Halloween on the Plaza 2010

    TODAY host Meredith Vieira flaunted her moves while dressed as Lady Gaga during TODAY's Halloween special on Rockefeller Plaza on Oct. 29, 2010.

    The TODAY talent pulled out all the stops for their Halloween getups, joined by stars Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, who portrayed the characters for whom they provide voices in the new animated fantasy “Megamind.” (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYShow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. In a formfitting pink hoop gown, Meredith Vieira belted out Lady Gaga’s signature hit “Bad Romance” while the crowd on the Plaza cheered in approval. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. TODAY’s Natalie Morales channeled Canadian tween heartthrob Justin Bieber while fans screamed on the Plaza. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYShow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. You ready, little monsters?” Natalie Morales — as tween star Justin Bieber — yelled at the crowd. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. “Man! That was a long flight!” Ann Curry — dressed as Amelia Earhart — exclaimed during TODAY's Halloween special. “I knew I should have taken the train.” (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYShow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. TODAY's Al Roker, Natalie Morales , actress Tina Fey, actor Will Ferrell, Ann Curry, and Meredith Vieira celebrate Halloween on the Plaza. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. TODAY's Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall celebrate Halloween on the Plaza. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Host Al Roker, clad in spandex and a wig, dressed as Superman for TODAY's Halloween special. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, who provide voices in the new animated fantasy “Megamind,” came in character for TODAY's Halloween special. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Tamron Hall, portraying President Barrack Obama, got up to the presidential podium and addressed the crowd as Obama. “As you can imagine, I’m pretty busy right now, but when I was invited to see the crowd at the TODAY Show, I could not resist. God bless America. Happy Halloween!” (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Fans dressed in their Halloween best gathered on the Plaza for TODAY's annual Halloween costume contest. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Fans of TODAY dressed to impress for a creepy Halloween costume contest on the plaza. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Creepy and fun costumes from TODAY's costume contest on the Plaza. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. TODAY fans, dressed in costumes inspired by the game Monopoly, compete in TODAY's Halloween costume contest. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Fans of TODAY dressed to impress for a creepy Halloween costume contest on the Plaza. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. TODAY fans, dressed as iconic characters from "The Flintstones," participate in TODAY's Halloween costume contest on the Plaza. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. TODAY's Ann Curry, along with Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, display their Halloween costumes on the Plaza. (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Lee and Hoda Kotb have a ”ball’ during TODAY’s Halloween celebration, dressed up as actresses Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance — the iconic actresses of the classic TV show “I Love Lucy.” (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Kathie Lee and Hoda recreate the iconic grape-squashing scene from "I Love Lucy." (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Kathie Lee and Hoda dressed up as actresses Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance — the iconic actresses of the classic TV show “I Love Lucy.” (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas, in a Roy Lichtenstein costume, poses with Sara Haines dressed as Ricky from "I Love Lucy." (Bobbie Thomas / TODAY) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Kathie Lee, Hoda and Sara Haines dressed up as characters from “I Love Lucy.” (Jonathan D. Woods / TODAYshow.com) Back to slideshow navigation
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