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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.

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.

Mike Gregoire undergoes cancer surgery

OLYMPIA — Mike Gregoire, husband of Washington's two term governor, is recovering from cancer surgery after colon cancer was discovered during a routine screening.

Gov. Gregoire said in a statement her husband, who is 66, is still in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.

Cancer was discovered during a colonoscopy and he was immediately scheduled for surgery, the governor said in her statement. “Prior to the screening, Mike showed no symptoms and was never in pain,” she added.

The governor was diagnosed with breast cancer about eight years ago, also from routine screening, and made a full recovery.

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.