Wash. governor moves to Sesame St. for Halloween

October 19, 2011 - 7:51 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Tickle me, governor.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (GREG'-wahr) says she'll greet trick-or-treaters at the governor's mansion this year as the popular Sesame Street character Elmo.

Her office said Wednesday that Gregoire's husband, Mike, will continue the Sesame Street theme by dressing up as Super Grover. Other people will be the Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Count Von Count, and Bert and Ernie.

The governor will also give out five chocolate bars that will contain "golden" tickets for a Dec. 2 holiday reception at the Executive Mansion.

In previous years, Gregoire and others have dressed up as characters from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," ''Charlotte's Web," ''Happy Feet," ''Dora the Explorer," ''Toy Story" and "The Adams Family."

Campaign surplus money will pay for the festivity.