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The politics of trick-or-treat

“Your question about parents having their trick-or-treaters skip houses based on campaign signs reminded me of one year when our boys were young,” wrote Lynne Zysk. “Our oldest son, Peter, wore a Bill Clinton mask and his brother, Eric, wore a Bob Dole mask.

“They went to all the same homes but people were very open in sharing their political leanings by the amounts of candy they gave the boys. Bob Dole got more candy than Bill Clinton at some homes and Bill Clinton got more than Bob Dole at other homes. So we had an unofficial poll based on the candy amounts.”

I asked Lynne if she recalled who came out on top back on Halloween of 1996.

“As I recall, Bob Dole ended up with more candy that night. The boys did get their money's worth out of those masks. On Election Day, they wore them and waved at cars from the front lawn to see who they could get to honk.”

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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