Politics can’t scare off Ryan from his appointed Halloween rounds
October 31st, 2012
11:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Politics can’t scare off Ryan from his appointed Halloween rounds

Janesville, Wisconsin (CNN) – Even in an election year, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan stuck to a family trick-or-treat tradition.

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney's running mate held three rallies in his home state before he and wife, Janna, returned to Janesville to spend Halloween with their three children.

“We will go trick-or-treating on the same route we go every year, which is the same route I went on when I was a little guy," Ryan said earlier in Racine.

Ryan's 10-year-old daughter, Liza, donned a blue wig and dressed up as a tamer version of pop singer Katy Perry, who recently performed at a fundraiser for President Barack Obama.

Unrecognizable in a red cape and black mask, 9-year-old Charlie dressed up as the Unknown Phantom. Grim Reaper, 7-year-old Sam, included a scythe that his dad carried around so his son could collect candy.

Janna Ryan wore a witch's hat but her husband appeared to be dressed up as an everyday Wisconsin dad. Ryan wore the same red University of Wisconsin jacket he had on earlier in the day but added a Badgers hat to his trick-or-treat ensemble. Joining the family was Ryan's sister-in-law Zoe, married to brother Stan, and their 2-year-old, Zaydee Mae Ryan, dressed up as a butterfly.

This year, reporters and campaign staff accompanied the Ryan brood down Jefferson Avenue, a street he frequented as a kid.

Now, with a cadre of reporters and campaign staff, Ryan's personal aide, Jake Kastan, also took part in the fun. Early on in the campaign, Ryan's youngest son, Sam, began calling him "chicken butt." Kastan joined in on the fun, surprised the kids and dressed up in a yellow chicken suit.

"You guys know why he has this suit on don't you? Because Sam calls him ‘chicken butt,’ " Ryan said with a laugh as he and Janna posed for a picture with his personal aide.

When reporters followed Ryan's clan to the last house, they asked the vice presidential hopeful to comment on the latest poll numbers in Wisconsin.

Ryan brushed off the question, "We're not doing questions."

Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Doug

    Even his wife knows he's fraud !

    November 1, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  2. andrew

    And Ryan went as the deer-killer from hell, and frightened all seniors into giving up their healthy retirement.

    November 1, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  3. Crismn

    In my opinion, he shouldn't have shown his trick or treating just after we lost 50+ lives and people lost their homes. These images are in such a strident contrast with what is happening to so many people! I'm not saying don't do it, just keep it quiet!

    November 1, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  4. Willie Floyd

    Short on news this a.m. CNN???

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    November 1, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  5. adinfinitum7

    Did he really go trick or treating? Or just pretend for the cameras like the kitchen pot cleaning thing,

    Funny, "trick or treat" sounds a lot like the Romney/Ryan platform. Elect them and the middle class gets a trick while the super-rich get a treat.

    November 1, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. Dar

    I always loved doing this with my kids. Once he is vice president that joy will not be allowed.

    November 1, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  7. bookgirl

    Looks like a campaign ad. CNN in his pocket? No attempt to humanize this monster will work.

    November 1, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  8. Romney 2012

    This is the ONLY TIME you'll ever see a Republican asking for handouts.
    The other 364 days of the year, you'll see democrats trick or treating the National Treasury.
    MITT ROMNEY is the only chance America and the WORLD has at surviving the upcoming years.
    A Vote for OBAMA is a vote to END THE EARTH with unGodly stupidity and satanic rituals.

    November 1, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  9. lol@penn state

    Ummm, Ryan's already asking for handouts?

    November 1, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  10. Marry

    That's where Ryan belongs! And only there! The kids are cute though – wonder what they will think later when they can read and see all their dad did wile in Government and in this election…

    President Obama 2012 because decency and brilliance should win!

    November 1, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. Lisa

    Complete gimmick, he and his family have lived in DC for a long time. Plus he didn't even go to college in the Badger State.

    November 1, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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