updated 11/04/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/04/2009 AT 2:45 PM ET
It’s no surprise that tons of trick-or-treaters donned blond helmet wigs and Ed Hardy T-shirts to become reality TV’s unavoidable couple, Kate and Jon Gosselin, this past Halloween. The surprising news is that the real Kate Gosselin managed to head out with her kids – without a single photographer in sight.
“This year, she was able to go trick-or-treating without paparazzi, just like a normal mom,” a friend of Kate’s tells PEOPLE.