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Sandra Sobieraj Westfall and Lindsay Kimble
October 31, 2016 02:51 PM

Hillary Clinton is a fan of ghosts and ghouls and all things spooky.

The Democratic presidential nominee tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that she loves Halloween — in fact, she says, “It’s one of my favorite holidays.”

While chatting with PEOPLE in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Oct. 27, Clinton reveals that she usually goes all out when it comes to decorating for the year’s eeriest holiday. Unfortunately, at just over one week before the election, Clinton isn’t sure she’ll have the time for Halloween baubles.

“I don’t think I’ll do that this year,” she admits. “Well, maybe I will. I got some pumpkins but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten.”

Clinton is happy, however, to look back on her past costume triumphs (She “loves” dressing up) — and fails.

Her favorite Halloween get-up? Something from the sock-hop era, Clinton says.

“I used to love doing the poodle skirt,” Clinton says. “I loved the poodle skirt. That was my go-to costume when I couldn’t think of anything else. Because I actually had poodle skirt, which I think is probably still somewhere. The American Bandstand look, that was my thing.”

Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton (as Dolly Parton) in 1995 -- Source: Hillary Clinton/Instagram
Source: Hillary Clinton/Instagram

“I had a costume birthday party half of the years we were in the White House,” shares Clinton, who celebrated her 69th on Oct. 26.

At one such party in 1993, Clinton dressed as fellow former First Lady Dolley Madison — the costume that earns the qualification as her least favorite.

“I went as Dolley Madison one year — not on my choosing, that was a surprise,” she says. “I admire her, but the clothes and the wig — it was a lot. They had a surprise costume birthday party for me and had picked out the Dolley Madison costume for me.”

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This year, Clinton, herself, has become Halloween fodder. She inspired hoards of costumes — including one donned by pop star Katy Perry.

Donald Trump and Megan Mullally in 2006 -- Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic
Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic

Her opponent, Donald Trump, was also a popular costume in 2016. While it remains unclear if the GOP nominee is a Halloween fanatic, we have seen him dressed up before: as a farmer from Green Acres in a 2006 Emmy’s sketch.

Even politicians have time for ghoulish good fun.

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