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.
Two days before Kate expressed deep pain and remorse about her life in a revealing TLC interview, the reality star dressed up as a glamorous witch and joined her sextuplets when they hit the streets in their quiet Pennsylvania neighborhood.
“Alexis was an adorable witch, Hannah a Spanish princess, Aaden a pirate, Collin was a Spider-Man, Leah was a kitty and Joel was Batman,” says the friend. Meanwhile, 8-year-old twins Cara, a ghost, and Mady, the devil, went out with their friends instead of their sibs.
The family’s show – Jon & Kate Plus Eight – stopped filming earlier this month after Jon Gosselin sued TLC to stop production.