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Trail Tricks and Treats
By Karin Caifa in Washington

If the bickering among Democrats at their debate in Philadelphia Tuesday night wasn't scary enough, candidates from both parties have their share of tricks and treats in store for this Halloween.

Democrat Barack Obama is taking the day off of the trail to take his daughters, 9 year-old Malia and 6 year-old Sasha, trick-or-treating in their hometown of Chicago. At last night's debate in Philadelphia, Obama said Malia will be decked out like a mad professor, and Sasha has decided to go as a witch. Obama, however, remained undecided on his costume, though he was toying with one idea.

"I'm thinking of wearing a Mitt Romney mask," Obama quipped to the debate moderator, NBC's Brian Williams. "It has 2 sides to it. It goes in both directions."

Seems like Romney campaign masks are popular. On the Giuliani campaign blog this morning, deputy communications director Maria Comella kidded she might disguise herself as Ronmey's chief flack. "Did you know you can buy a Kevin Madden face mask at drug stores now? I've got my costume!"

Democrat John Edwards' campaign notes that his staff will be in costume all day, and invites supporters and journalists to tag along and join in the fun. The costumes are likely for the entertainment of Edwards' young children, 9 year-old Emma Claire and 7 year-old Jack.

After Dad adds the endorsement of the New Hampshire Service Employees International Union to his bag of campaign treats, the Edwards family will go trick-or-treating in Bedford, on Wednesday night.

It's doubtful that the Edwards children are without a costume at this late hour, but just in case, Democratic contender Chris Dodd offers this suggestion: dress up like the senior senator from Connecticut.

In a release this week, the Dodd campaign called it, "the perfect costume," suggesting white hair , a pocket copy of the constitution, and a folder containing literature explaining the candidate's stances on Iraq, health care, and a host of other issues.

But given Dodd's low poll numbers - between zero and one percent nationally, depending upon the poll you look at - the kiddies might want a more recognizable costume.

A recent survey from the Associated Press and Ipsos asked which 2008 presidential candidate would make the scariest Halloween costume..

37 percent named Hillary Clinton. 14 percent picked Rudy Giuliani. No other candidate did better than 6 percent.

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