As Halloween approaches, ideas for cute costumes abound. This undated photo shows a young boy dressed as a bumblebee. Newscom
Children wear tiger-like makeup and costumes during a performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Bozhou, China, in January. China Daily/Reuters
Dominick Meritt wins the boys' costume category for his Jack-in-the-Box outfit at the Millville Baby Show in Millville, N.J., on Oct. 13. Charles J. Olson/The Daily Journal/AP
Timothy Clelland (l.) and Joseph Bach enjoy candy while trick-or-treating at the Benton County Senior Center in Bentonville, Ark., in 2006. Marc F. Henning/The Morning News/AP/FILE
A little girl dressed as a baby chicken walks in the Halloween Parade in Tokyo, Japan's Roppongi Hills, in 2006. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images/NewscomFILE
Martin Ashenafi Brophy sports an astronaut costume for Halloween in New York City in 2009. Xinhua/Newscom/FILE
A man carries his baby, dressed as Winnie the Pooh, at the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval in Los Angeles in 2006. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/FILE
Alyssa McLin is dressed as Tinkerbell at Forest Park in Baton Rouge, La., in 2005. Kerry Maloney/The Advocate/AP/FILE
Eilla Koldeway is dressed as a stork with a baby to be delivered at the Racine County Fair in Union Grove, Wis., in 2009. Gregory Shaver/Journal Times/AP/FILE
In an undated photo, this baby is all gussied up as a ladybug. PRNewsFoto/Newscom
Kristina Gomprecht donates a Halloween costume to a Four Points by Sheraton hotel in New York City during the hotel chain's nationwide annual Halloween costume drive to benefit children’s hospitals in 2008. Diane Bondareff/Four Points by Sheraton/AP/FILE
Children of the trapped Chilean miners, who were rescued on Oct. 14, wear costumes at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, on Oct. 9. Jorge Saenz/AP
Preparing the invitation list to next month's peace conference on Syria is a ticklish matter for the UN's special envoy. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are influential, on opposite sides, in Syria's civil war. But the US has conditions for including Tehran.
The United Nation’s special envoy for Syria is pressing ahead to organize a peace conference to try to bring the devastating civil war to a close. But even if the invitation list can be worked out in coming days, it is virtually certain that some major players in the conflict won’t be at the table.