President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted a Halloween celebration at the White House where they handed out candy to young costumed children, including a mini version of themselves.
Families of frontline workers, military families, and local schoolchildren with their parents were invited to the Halloween spectacular as Trick-or-Treaters paraded past the president and first lady at the South Portico of the White House on Sunday. Due to coronavirus precautions, children were handed candy along a path on the South Lawn.
The Trumps stood outside greeting the costumed children for more than 20 minutes as they waved and commented on the array of outfits passing by in a sort of parade. Dinosaurs, superheroes and princesses were among the many costumes the children sported at the annual event as a military band played Halloween hits like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
“This year’s Halloween event will feature a vibrant display of bright-colored leaves that will envelop the South Portico columns in various shades of autumn,” a White House press release on Melania Trump’s announcement of the event read.
YESTERDAY: President Trump and First Lady Melania greet trick-or-treaters at the White House for a Halloween event. pic.twitter.com/uvvTlNKphO
— The Hill (@thehill) October 26, 2020
Unlike years past, the Trumps were not giving out the candy personally as safety guidelines were put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“An array of chrysanthemums will also cascade down the East and West staircases, presenting subtle highlights of nature’s beauty and will be intermixed with festive pumpkins waiting to greet an audience of costumed trick-or-treaters,” the White House announced.
— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) October 25, 2020
The White House decked out for Halloween. 🎃 pic.twitter.com/rBCNyrr0h3
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) October 26, 2020
A young boy and girl dressed as the commander-in-chief and first lady stole the spotlight at one point, and Trump was said to have been “particularly pleased” with their clever outfits.
Two kids dressed up as Melania and Donald Trump for Halloween and the President’s face really says it all pic.twitter.com/FdkhyVxccW
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 25, 2020
The White House shared video from the event on YouTube, showing the Trumps arriving to applause and engaging with guests, young and old.
(Source: The White House)
A young boy dressed as a soldier got a salute from the president.
Trump salutes a child dressed as a soldier at White House Halloween event pic.twitter.com/ilkYlqk7AE
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 26, 2020
Other photos emerged from the event showing the assortment of costumes.
Everything was beautiful & well organized. Such a special tradition! 🎃 pic.twitter.com/Y9x0A3MgOa
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) October 25, 2020
White House Halloween … pic.twitter.com/6OIsp8KKbX
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) October 25, 2020
my nephew (ninja jace) and sister met the president today at the white house for halloween! lil ninja doing big things already! pic.twitter.com/PdYnn9oiZT
— Eli (@Eli_Baker20) October 26, 2020
All guests ages 2 years and over were required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing during the celebration. Hand sanitizer was made available throughout the event route and all White House personnel working the event were also required to wear a face mask while staff passing out candy had to wear gloves.
The president and his wife just recently recovered from COVID-19 and seemed very happy to host the children and their families. The first lady took to Twitter to post photos from the event.
It was a pleasure to welcome all of the costumed trick-or-treaters, frontline workers, military families & schoolchildren this year for the annual #Halloween festivities at the @WhiteHouse! pic.twitter.com/I90eXWXxcr
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 26, 2020
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