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6 Ways Political Spirit was on Display for Halloween

By Jenna Goff and Joan Greve
Washington Week Fellows

With this months-long and particularly heated presidential race drawing to a close, trick-or-treaters and costume-searchers have found some inventive ways to combine politics and Halloween. Here are just a few:

1. Carve a partisan pumpkin
How can you make your jack-o-lantern even spookier? Carve it to look like one of the most unpopular presidential candidates of all time, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump! Presidential-themed pumpkins have been taking the Internet by storm, with the hashtags #trumpkin and #clintkin blowing up on Twitter and Instagram. One Ohio artist even made a “Putkin” in the likeness of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

2. Dress up as Hillary Clinton, like Katy Perry
Pop singer Katy Perry has spent the past few weeks stumping for Hillary Clinton, but she took her support for the Democratic presidential nominee to the next level by dressing up as her for Halloween. Perry posted an Instagram photo of herself in an eerily accurate costume with the caption: “Having a little pre party before I take office #IMWITHME.”

3. Brush up on classic Halloween films with the House Ways and Means Committee
The Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee never pass up an opportunity to call for the repeal of the estate tax, or “death tax,” as they call it. They did just that on Monday by penning an article entitled, “10 Reasons to Repeal the Death Tax this Halloween, as told by Halloween Classics.” The congressional committee compared films like Halloweentown, Ghostbusters and Hocus Pocus to the “unfair,” “scary” nature of the estate tax.

4. Impersonate Donald Trump’s hair
According to Halloween retailer Party City, Donald Trump is one of the most in-demand costumes this Halloween. Want to be political and original? Take a page from 10-year-old Gage’s book and dress up as Donald Trump’s hair. The Wichita, Kansas boy used an umbrella and straw from grass skirts to make the costume, and topped it with a “Make America Great Again” hat made from posterboard.

5. Buy a Ken Bone costume
Undecided voter Ken Bone captured the internet’s heart after asking a question at the second presidential debate and immediately inspired imitation, starting with his red sweater. That popularity drove the creation of a more... revealing Ken Bone costume, and even the $100 sticker price did not stop customers from buying out its first run within hours.

6. Embody a “bad hombre” or “nasty woman”
Trump simultaneously rose eyebrows and sparked costume ideas at the third presidential debate, when he referred to “bad hombres” crossing the southern border and called Clinton a “nasty woman.” The off-hand comments have fueled purchases of sombreros, Trump masks and Etsy T-shirts.