Sometimes -- ok, most of the time -- the results are just terrifying.
In honor of the holiday, here are photos and tweets of politicians celebrating Halloween or just dressing up at other times -- because, well, they can.
Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia dressed up for the opera. Starring in the opera that is.
Former Rep. David Wu sent a Halloween photo to his staffers in 2010. He later apologized on "Good Morning America".
I think a take home lesson from this is while they were very, very unprofessional, you shouldn’t ever send photographs of yourself in a Halloween costume, something you intend to wear to a private party a couple of nights later, it’s just not profession even when you are joshing around with your kids a couple of nights before Halloween.
However, he was also in trouble for far more serious things. As Amy Wallace pointed out at the time, "Next to all that, apologizing for the Halloween photos is like your teenage son throwing an out-of-control bash that culminates in a Snickers-and-deep-fryer incident that burns down the house, and then apologizing for not watering the plants while you were gone."
Here is Barack Obama dressed up as Barack Obama during his first trip to "Saturday Night Live" in the fall of 2007.
Springfield Mo zoo is real treat. Director Mike Crocker showed me around. They have a lot of interesting animals and great halloween display— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 30, 2014
No. But DM me your # and where you live. RT @Rauhl_Mahone: Is there Halloween today— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 31, 2012
Going to this year's Halloween party as Obamacare Savings. I'm not showing up.— Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) October 25, 2013