Bernie Sanders surprises trick-or-treaters with his Bernie Sanders costume

How the Democratic and Republican candidates for president celebrated Halloween.


Kate Conger


Published Nov 1, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 5:27 pm CDT

Bernie Sanders took his grandchildren trick-or-treating for Halloween, resulting in some pretty cute video of New Hampshire residents realizing, nope, that’s not a great Bernie Sanders costume—it’s the senator and presidential candidate himself. 

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One elderly man notices Sanders and asks, “Do I know you?” When Sanders responds by introducing himself, the man calls it “thrilling” and keeps a grasp on Sanders’ hand until his friend Roy can come out on the porch to see Sanders for himself. 

The Washington Post reports that, although Sanders did not don a costume, his grandchildren did: “Grayson, 9, was the Abominable Snowman. Ryleigh, 10, was Sonic the Hedgehog. And Sunnee, 12, was the White Witch from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.'”

Sanders’ opponent for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, marked the holiday by posing with a young girl in a Hillary costume.

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Several Republican presidential candidates celebrated Halloween in Iowa with a joint campaign event that poked fun at their Democratic rivals. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decorated his booth space with gravestones for Obamacare and Planned Parenthood funding, while Senator Ted Cruz‘s space featured Common Core zombies. GOP frontrunners Ben Carson and Donald Trump did not attend. 

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Illustration by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Nov 1, 2015, 5:54 pm CST