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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Trick or treat: What D.C. area celebs are giving out on Halloween

Halloween brings with it a slew of decisions: What party should you go to? What costume will you wear?

And, perhaps most importantly, what kind of candy will you give out?


Halloween candy (bigstock)

We posed that question to Washington area celebs and public figures, as well as a Falls Church resident who is especially passionate about celebrating All Hallows Eve.

Here’s what they told us:

Chocolate is the sugar bomb of choice for University of Maryland sports coaches Mark Turgeon and Randy Edsall.

Turgeon, coach to U-Md.’s men’s basketball team, plans to hand out Twix and Snickers.

Edsall, the Terps football coach, said he also plans to give out Twix, as well as Kit Kats and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will be working on Oct. 31, but said that she used to love handing out miniature Snickers bars to trick-or-treaters.

“They are my favorite, and I could eat what was left over!” she said. “Now, I give out Snickers at our MPD Halloween safe haven events. I also enjoy picking through excess candy that my staff members who are parents bring in.”

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) didn’t share specifics, but assured us that trick-or-treaters at her home wouldn’t be disappointed: “I’m giving away what kids want – candy.”

The White House didn’t respond to our request to divulge Halloween plans, but President Obama did reveal his trick-or-treat style to Jay Leno.

“It is true Michelle takes this healthy eating seriously,” Obama said, referring to last year’s White House “treats,” which included dried fruit. “But it is an election year so, candy for everybody.”

When her children were young, NBC4’s Doreen Gentzler tried to give out healthy treats — little bags of pretzels. “My family was horrified and embarrassed … so I continue to give out candy bars to preserve family harmony.”

Gentzler said she stays away from gummy candies “that dentists hate,” and said she doesn’t buy anything until the last minute. “Otherwise we’ll eat them before Halloween,” she said.

Falls Church resident Catherine Tallant stocks up on jumbo-size bags of mixed candy to satisfy the sweet tooths of visitors to her Sleepy Hollow home-turned-Halloween fun house.

Her efforts, which extend beyond mere pumpkins and spider’s webs, drew more than 300 visitors to her 6415 Carolyn Drive home last year.

“I used to give out Halloween-specific body part candy like gummy ears and gummy fingers. But now we get so many people, I just stock up on giant bags of chocolate.”

Tell us: What is your favorite treat to give out (or receive) on Halloween? Share your choice in the comments below or tweet @postlocal.

Rachel Karas contributed to this post.

By and Candace Wheeler  |  10:39 AM ET, 10/30/2012

 
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