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Trick or treat? Trump or Clinton? D.C. gears up for Halloween

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 01:59

Whether to show their support or to mock the presidential candidates, many residents in Washington, D.C. are using the election campaign as inspiration for their Halloween costumes. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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As if Washington, DC hasn't seen enough of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton... Halloween is shaping up to be full of their doppelgangers. 'Total Party' in nearby Arlington, Virginia is stocked up with political masks to meet the demand: (SOUNDBITE)(English) OWNER OF 'TOTAL PARTY' STORE, LORENZO CALTAGIRONE, SAYING: "Donald has sold four times, four to one to Hillary. I had to reorder Donald Trump masks three times over. So he's definitely a more popular mask to have. I'm not sure it's because they like him or they're purchasing him to mock him and likewise with Hillary Clinton." Some drag queens at DC's annual High Heels Race said they had a political message to share: (SOUNDBITE)(English) HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTER, DAVID MEADOWS, SAYING: "These signs, these are yard signs from the Democratic Convention and so I'm encouraging everyone to vote." Others are choosing moments from the campaign to focus on instead of the candidates themselves. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DRAG QUEEN NAMED 'DARLENE DEPLORABLE', SAYING: "And I'm part of a basket of deplorables and we're all voting for Donald Trump because we want to make America great again." Spirit Halloween has added new products to their election line, including masks, wigs and presidential bronzer. And they're providing mix and match options - a Trump mask with a taco costume, or jailbird costume with a Hillary Clinton mask. And those masks, the store says, are part of a larger trend: (SOUNDBITE)(English) DISTRICT STORE MANAGER FOR SPIRIT HALLOWEEN, JEREMY SIMPSON, SAYING: "The mask index since 1998 at Spirit Halloween has accurately predicted, based on sales, the outcome of our presidential elections. This year it does currently show Trump with a very narrow margin over Clinton. However, Mr. Trump has boycotted our mask index saying that it's rigged and fraudulent." Many people have called this often ugly presidential campaign, a political horror show... This year's Halloween is shaping up to be exactly that.

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Trick or treat? Trump or Clinton? D.C. gears up for Halloween

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 01:59