While other kids dressed up as zombies, vampires or creepy dancing clowns, 11-year-old Zachary Kulpa had a truly scary idea for his Halloween costume:
He went as his father, Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa.
It was Zachary's idea. When Kulpa's wife, Kate, asked their son what he wanted to be for Halloween, Zachary said, "I'm going as the mayor running for supervisor."
Mayor Kulpa said with a laugh, "It was definitely a shot at me."
Zachary wore a white dress shirt, American flag tie, and blue sport jacket with his father's name tag, a CSEA union button and a New York Conference of Mayors lapel pin. He also carried Kulpa's old cellphone and a clipboard with campaign literature.
"The only thing missing, I told him, was the Starbucks," Kulpa said.
Kulpa and his mini doppelgänger did not trick or treat at the home of his foe in the town supervisor race, Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger, who lives about 2½ blocks away. But other homeowners got a kick out of Zachary's costume.
"He seemed to get a lot of candy," Kulpa said.