11/01/2015 04:32 EST | Updated 11/01/2015 06:59 EST

Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau Halloween Costumes: Canadians Dress Up As Politicians

New platforms? New political opposition? New leadership? Frightening.

There's nothing scarier than a federal election, and to many, nothing is spookier than a change in government.

New platforms? New political opposition? New leadership? Frightening.

With that spirit in mind, many Canadians used Halloween as an opportunity to dress up as some of the country's most prominent political leaders, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau. While some costumes were more of a literal depiction of the politician's appearance, plenty included satirical hits at their public personas, platforms, or used wordplay for stronger comedic impact.

Take, for instance, this photo of Trevor Deley and a friend — both from Ottawa. These two celebrated All Hallow's Eve as "Tom Mulscare" and "Screamin' Stephen Haunted Harper," respectively.

Not a bad showing from the nation's capital.

Like Deley, several others shared their politically minded costumes on social media. John Johnston of Calgary helped his 15-month-old daughter Betsy disguise herself as a suffragette, complete with a "Votes for Women" ribbon and hat. This playfulness runs in the family, too, as his wife dressed up as the "Alberta orange wave."

But it was Trudeau costumes that were quite popular online, and showed plenty of creative range from #TruBro to a riff on his "Thrilla on the Hilla" getup.

Captain Kirk and Justin Trudeau. Happy #halloween everyone! #allhallowseve #costume #startrek #justintrudeau

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"Stephen Harpist" also came out of the woodwork:

While another version of Harper was Calgary-bound:

And threw it back to his days of yore:

With 365 days to go until next Halloween, Canadians have a full leap year to plan ahead for their next government-related costume. After all, what's more hair-raising than news itself?

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