It is Halloween, America's strange, sugar-fueled pre-game for Thanksgiving -- the grand opening to the holiday season. However, in even-numbered years, it is also only a few days before the Election, which means that elected officials or aspiring politicians often try to combine the two in a  "charming" way that appeals to voters, who are mostly just sick of these peoples' faces after watching them campaign for months on end.

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.

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President George W. Bush (C) poses with children dressed in Halloween costumes at a campaign rally at Charleston Civic Center Charleston, West Virginia Welcome 31 October 2002. Bush campaigned earlier 31 October in South Dakota and Indiana and is scheduled return to Washington, DC late 31 October. AFP PHOTO/Luke Frazza

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Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia dressed up for the opera. Starring in the opera that is.

Source: The Oyez Project

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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."

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Here is Barack Obama dressed up as Barack Obama during his first trip to "Saturday Night Live" in the fall of 2007.

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President George W. Bush holds up five-month-old Jessica DeNoma dressed up a duck for Halloween after he spoke at Great American Ball Park October 31, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE 

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