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Costumed candidates: What they're wearing this Halloween

A man walks past a halloween store in

A man walks past a halloween store in Maryland. (Oct. 23, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

After Comptroller Tom DiNapoli photoshopped a wizard’s hat onto Republican opponent Harry Wilson in a campaign mailer, we asked Wilson yesterday in Sayville whether he’d be adopting the costume for Halloween trick-or-treating Sunday night.

“I don’t have a wizard hat,” Wilson said. “But I was thinking about going as Tom DiNapoli and asking my two oldest daughters, have one go as a tax increase and the other as pension fund mismanagement, you know, they’d be my two most precious possessions if I’m Tom DiNapoli.”

This prompted us to ask DiNapoli spokesman Eric Sumberg if DiNapoli would be dressed up for trick-or-treating activities in Great Neck, where he lives.

“We will be a hedge fund walking around as a shrub picking money from people’s pocket,” Sumberg said in what we think is a reference to Wilson’s Wall Street past. “We hope that Harry will wear the wizard hat on Halloween.”

This seemed like a good opportunity to ask a few other statewide candidates about their Halloween plans.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (via our Elizabeth Moore in Niagara Falls): "I am not sure; I will probably be trick-or-treating with my daughter."

Cuomo said his Mount Kisco house is set up for trick-or-treaters and dismissed the idea that security issues would stop him from greeting candy-seekers at his door two days before the election.

It'll be different in January, but "security is easy now." Cuomo said. "I open the door, they see me, they run away anyway."

Carl Paladino spends Halloween with his daughter, campaign manager Michael Caputo tells us. Paladino's costume is a surprise – even to the Republican gubernatorial nominee.

“They have a tradition: she picks out a surprise costume for him and he wears it, no questions asked, and they walk the neighborhood trick-or-treating together,” Caputo said. “This final campaign week is important, but we've carved out time for them to continue their tradition this year. And we honestly don't know what she has planned - that would ruin the fun of it.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will be trick-or-treating with her children in the family’s Hudson neighborhood, spokeswoman Bethany Lesser said. Gillibrand is dressing her young sons Theo and Henry as a green swamp monster and a lion, Lesser said. It’s not clear if Gillibrand herself will be in costume.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is a regular at the Park Slope, Brooklyn, Halloween parade, but spokesman Mike Morey said Schumer’s Sunday schedule isn’t yet set. The last couple of years Schumer has not been in costume during the parade, though last year we saw children in the parade dressed as Schumer.

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, the GOP candidate for attorney general, will be en route home from an upstate trip, spokeswoman Virginia Lam tells us. It’s not likely he’ll be in costume, she said.

State Sen. Eric Schneiderman’s people couldn’t tell us what his Halloween plans are, as of last night.

If you know of other politicians dressing up in scary outfits Sunday – or any other day, for that matter – you know where to reach us.


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