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Halloween at the Gov’s mansion: Caped Crusader and sidekick

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and wife Trudi are going to be Batman and Robin for Halloween. 

Not all day, of course. But it's traditional for the governor and spouse to dress up and give out candy at the mansion, so they'll be the Caped Crusader and his energetic side-kick for about an hour and a half Saturday evening for the long line of kids expected to stop by.

It's a popular stop for Olympia treat seekers because the gov gives out full-sized chocolate bars. They're from Sasquatch Chocolate in Renton, paid for out of the events fund, a private account from money received from events hosted at the residents.

Don't even think about tricks. The Washington State Patrol is always on duty at the mansion.

No state funds are used for candy, costumes or decorations, Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith said.

Which incarnation of Batman is an open question, considering the character dates back to the 1940s in comic books and has gone through many metamorphoses, particularly as it moved into television and movies.

There's the campy Adam West Batman with Burt Ward as the Boy Wonder from 1960s TV. Or the George Clooney Batman with Chris O'Donnell as Robin from the 1997 movie? Both have stylistic problems for someone dressing up in 2015.

There's also the Michael Keaton Batman, the Christian Bale Batman or the Ben Affleck Batman, but they are Robinless.

The governor's office isn't sure which era the costumes come from. 

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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