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Padma Lakshmi Thought Trick-Or-Treaters Were 'Beggars' On Her 1st Halloween In America

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Nov. 1 2018, Updated 6:44 p.m. ET

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Though Padma Lakshmi has a firm handle on the whole Halloween thing now, she recently revealed that she wasn’t always so in the know. Read on for all the details on her adorable childhood misunderstanding.

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While on the red carpet at Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party, the Top Chef star talked about her very first night in America — which, coincidentally, was also the spookiest day of the year. “I first came here from India when I was 4 and I landed on Halloween night," she said to Access. 

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Then she shared her hilarious interaction with a group of trick-or-treaters. “I remember answering the door and seeing all these little kids dressed up weirdly. I actually thought they were maybe beggars or something? Because they kept opening their bags,” she recalled.

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Though she was confused as to why her mom was giving away candy to the strangely dressed “beggars” back then, decades later she is now fully on-board with Halloween. “I love Halloween,” said the 48-year-old.

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She continued, “It’s the best holiday. There’s no drama, there’s no misunderstanding, it’s just all makeup and all chocolate.”

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Padma, who was dressed as Black Swan for the night, also took a few moments to brag about her impressive handmade costume. “Half the fun is making the costume, especially if you have kids. I can build a house out of a hot glue gun,” she said with a laugh.

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What do you think about Padma’s Halloween misunderstanding? Let us know in the comments.

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