Happy Halloween! Here are the best times politicians dressed up

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Most major politicians don’t dress up for Halloween.

President Barack Obama has never publicly dressed up since taking office, despite taking part in holiday festivities each year. Former President George W. Bush didn’t, either.

But occasionally, the brave pol will step up and commit to a Halloween costume.

And when they do, it’s usually quite a commitment.

Some leaders were more outgoing about their Halloween costumes than others. Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore went all out several years in a row for official holiday parties during their time in the White House.

Other leaders seem to enjoy being someone else enough to dress up twice in one year – like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Here are some of the best pictures of politicians (and their staffs) dressed up for Halloween.


Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton dressed as country singers in 1995.

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Clinton Library

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In 1993, the Clintons dressed up as James and Dolly Madison at a Halloween party hosted at the White House.

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Al and Tipper gore dominated Halloween again during their annual party at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., in 1998.

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They outdid themselves the next year. Al Gore attended his Halloween party as the Underdog, and Tipper Gore dressed as “Polly Purebred” in 1999.


George W. Bush rocked an Al Gore mask during an appearance on former Tonight Show host Jay Leno’s Halloween show on October 30, 2000.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gracie Mansion in 2014, dressed in a costume “inspired by Greek mythology.”

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De Blasio dressed as a pirate during a costume parade on Coney Island in 2014.

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Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) dressed up as then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Deleware) for a Senate hearing on Halloween in 2007. Hagel often dressed as his peers for Halloween.

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REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dressed as Darth Vader during a White House reception in 2009.

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George W. Bush’s top political strategist, Karl Rove, got involved in a camouflage Halloween group costume.

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and actress Jamie Lee Curtis in 2001, several months before he announced his bid for governor of California.

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President Obama does not dress up for Halloween in public, though he is not opposed to carrying his own pumpkin. Here he was on October 31, 2008, in Chicago, right before he would win the election.

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Then-Vice President Dick Cheney didn’t dress up for Halloween in 2007. Instead, he made his dogs Jackson, left, and Dave, right, put on costumes instead.

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