Halloween 2016: This Election Is Everyone's Idea of Frightening
New York City - This Halloween, as children overran the streets with merry mischief—collecting candy and gallivanting ghoulishly—there was a slightly more sinister air than usual about the start of Allhallowtide: It’s marking one week from the U.S. presidential election.
The night provided its standard scares: little ones dressed as ghosts, vampires, witches and warlocks. But perhaps the most frightening costumes among the parties and parades were those masquerading as uncomfortably realistic imitators of presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—the two most unpopular presidential candidates in American history.
With political clones en masse amid the already underlying election dread, and anxiety about how the election results will be received by both candidates and supporters, the traditional chant for a trick or a treat took on a new light. Though it has become more playful than destructive, the phrase has historically been used to present an ultimatum. Give the children their treat or face misfortune. It is an uncanny call as November 8th looms.
Legendary street photographer Bruce Gilden hit the New York City Halloween parade for MSNBC Photo to capture all of the Trumps and Clintons at their scariest.