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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009 8:40 pm | Updated: 1:31 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

If you happen to be trick-or-treating Saturday night in Glendale and knock on the door of Gov. Jan Brewer, there's a good chance you'll get a Snickers.

What is it with state officials and Snickers?

If you happen to be trick-or-treating Saturday night in Glendale and knock on the door of Gov. Jan Brewer, there's a good chance that's what you're going to get.

"That's my favorite," the governor told Capitol Media Services. "I buy what I like."

But Brewer acknowledged she doesn't buy a bag of just those candies. In fact, she purposely buys a bag with a mix.

"Sometimes I eat the Snickers," she said sheepishly.

The governor, however, promised there will be some of the popular candies for youngsters who get to her door. Brewer said she has hidden them away so she's not tempted.

But Brewer isn't the only one who is stocking up on Snickers. Ken Bennett, who replaced her in January as secretary of state, is buying them to give out to those who make it to his door.

And even state schools chief Tom Horne, a self-professed health nut, will hand out a selection of candies that includes Snickers bars.

"I think Snickers are the most popular," he said.

So how does an elected official who has been at the forefront of the move to ban junk food from schools justify giving out sugar-laden snacks?

"I've always believed in healthy food in schools," Horne said, along with requiring kids to get exercise.

"But I've never believed in zero tolerance anything," he added. "On 364 days of the year, we should eat healthy. But on Halloween, kids should have candy."

The same situation exists at the home of Will Humble, the state's interim health director.

He just pushed through changes in the nutrition program for pregnant women and new mothers to winnow some items off the permitted list that have lots of empty calories. And now he has embarked on a campaign to change national policy of what people can buy with food stamps.

But Saturday night is different.

"We've got a giant bag of mixed candy," he said.

Humble actually had to check with his wife, Julie Schmoker, to see what was in the bowl before answering a question about what's in store for kids making it to his door. And Humble said she suggested, in jest, that perhaps he be less than forthcoming.

"You're the health chief," he quoted her as saying. "You ought to tell him you're giving out pretzels."

One place ghosts and goblins are not likely to get a Snickers bar is at the downtown Phoenix home of Attorney General Terry Goddard.

But it's not because he doesn't like them. In fact, the reverse is true.

"We're kind of partial to Snickers in this house," said his wife, Monica, which makes them an attractive nuisance of sorts to the occupants. "We try not to buy them."

Other officials have other preferences.

Go to the home of Rebecca White Berch, the chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, and you're likely to get a Butterfinger bar.

Benjamin Grumbles, the director of the Department of Environmental Quality, will be handing out the ever-popular Snickers as well as crunchy granola bars.

But you'll get much more of a choice if you visit state Mine Inspector Joe Hart.

"My wife just buys every candy imaginable," he said of Rhonda, with favorites being Tootsie Rolls, Baby Ruths and Butterfinger bars. "She's still a kid at heart."

Not everyone is sharing the belief that, at least for Halloween, concerns about health can be shelved: Anyone who knocks on the door of Charles Ryan, director of the state Department of Corrections, is going to get a mini toothbrush.

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