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Yo ho Halloween at governor’s mansion

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee and wife Trudi will be hitting the pirate theme tonight for trick or treaters at the Governor's Mansion.

Technically, there are only treaters. The security system at the governor's mansion discourages tricksters. But the mansion is a stop on may Olympia kid's route. It's off by itself and out of the way, and there's often a wait because the line is long. But the candy is usually far better than the standard fare at most houses.

In the Capitol Building during the day, staff at the Secretary of State's office is donning costumes as well. Secretary of State Kim Wyman is dressed as an '80s rocker.

Gov. ‘Alice’ offers treats

Gov.Chris Gregoire as Alice, and husband Mike greet trick or treater Jack Kesler, age 2 1/2 at the Governor's Mansion.

OLYMPIA — One thing Gov. Chris Gregoire is likely to miss when she leaves office at the end of this year is Halloween trick or treat at the Governor's Mansion.

This year, Gregoire dressed up as Alice of Wonderland fame, husband Mike was the White Rabbit and various staff were characters from Lewis Carroll's books like Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee or the Queen of Hearts.

Kids in Olympia might miss it too. She gives out the big, full-sized candy bars.

It’s Halloween. Take your signs down

It's Halloween, which is great for the candy manufacturers, fun for the kids, but often terrible for campaign signs.

Those placards on a stick are among the easiest targets for Halloween mischief. Mustaches and devils horns get spray-painted onto candidate faces, obscenities get scrawled on issue signs and some just flat disappear, never to be seen again.

While it may infringe slightly on your First Amendment rights of political speech, it might be wise to uproot your signs and store them in a garage, basement or backyard until Thursday.

If you're reading this in the morning, go do it NOW. Don't think you'll remember when you come home from work, because there's a chance you won't. If you're reading it at work, call home and have your spouse, significant other or responsible offspring do it.

If you don’t, and something happens to them, don’t call the newspaper to report some deep plot by the opposing candidate or issue campaign to steal your sign.

Wonderland at Gov mansion? 1 day only

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire and her husband Mike have picked out their costumes to greet trick-or-treaters next week.

The governor will be appearing as Alice, of Wonderland fame. Mike Gregoire will be dressed as the White Rabbit.

During Gregoire's tenure, the mansion has been open to trick-or-treaters for a couple hours on Halloween, with the first couple basing costumes on everything from Sesame Street to the Addams Family. This year, they'll be answering the door from 6 to 8 p.m.

Does Sesame Street have a governor?

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire's office just revealed one of the year's most eagerly awaited announcements: What  the governor will be for Halloween.

Gregoire and her husband Mike traditionally don costumes and greet kids at the governor's mansion for a couple of hours on Halloween to give out treats. (Don't even think about tricks. The mansion's security is provided by state troopers.)

This year, the governor will be dressed as Elmo from Sesame Street. Mike Gregoire will be dressed as Super Grover, which the office describes for those who are not close followersr of “the Street” as Grover's “super hero alter ego.” Some of the chocolate bars will have tickets to a special holiday reception in December.

Not clear yet is whether Gregoire will be practicing Elmo's high-pitched voice at press conferences between now and Oct. 31.

Decoration and treats are covered by surplus campaign funds. Good thing, because with the state's current budget problems, the office would be hard pressed to buy a bag of candy corn and give it out one kernel at a time.

Happy Halloween from the Gov’s Mansion

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is dressing as Morticia Addams this year for Halloween, and husband Mike is dressing as Gomez.

They’re hosting Halloween at the governor’s mansion, an annual event at the state capital. Kids get candy, and five will find they have tickets to the Holiday Tour of the Mansion later this year.

OK, that’s it from the capital for Oct. 31, 2010. Go ahead and make comments about the governor’s choice of costume.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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