Ottawa kids got to go knocking on some of the most distinguished doors in the country tonight.

If they could get past the metal detectors, that is.

As is tradition, Ottawa's official residences lit up the jack-o-lanterns and welcomed trick-or-treaters for Halloween.

At 24 Sussex, little ghouls were directed through a metal detector by RCMP officers before getting the candy goods from Stephen Harper. They also had to leave such "threatening" items as plastic swords and pitchforks on a table.


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RCMP seized these "threatening" items from children trick-or-treating at 24 Sussex

Harper didn't dress up for the occasion, but his political colleagues were more forthcoming with their Halloween spirit.

Governor General David Johnston went all out with a pilot costume complete with a spooky, cobwebbed airplane at Rideau Hall. And at Stornoway, official residence of the opposition leader, Tom Mulcair was in cowboy duds (or simply recycling his Calgary Stampede outfit) handing out cans of Orange Crush, the unofficial drink of the NDP.

Check out the Halloween festivities in Ottawa:

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper hands out Halloween treats to trick-or-treaters at his official residence in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

  • A RCMP office guides a young Halloween trick-or-treater through a metal detector as he enters the grounds of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official residence in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper poses for a photograph with Halloween trick-or-treaters at his official residence in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

  • Governor General David Johnston hands out treats to trick-or-treaters as he takes part in Halloween festivities on the grounds of Rideau Hall, his official residence in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

  • Governor General David Johnston sits in a makeshift airplane as takes part in Halloween festivities on the grounds of Rideau Hall, his official residence in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

  • NDP leader Tom Mulcair hands out treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween at his official residence, Stornoway, in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

  • NDP leader Tom Mulcair hands out treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween at his official residence, Stornoway, in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

  • Laureen Harper, left, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose carve a pumpkin at the Prime Minister's official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Tuesday October 30, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

  • Carved pumpkins line the driveway to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand