Saturday, October 31, 2009

President Obama, First Lady Celebrate Halloween 2009 At The White House

Thousands of local kids visit for lots of treats and no tricks...
UPDATE, Jan. 12, 2012: Part of the Halloween celebration was not disclosed to the press. Here's what else went on at the White House...

Under the glowing North Portico, President Obama and First Lady Obama welcomed a couple thousand local kids invited to the White House for trick-or-treating on Saturday, in celebration of the first Obama Halloween. The First Lady was sort of in costume for the evening: She wore leopard ears on her head, a leopard-striped sweater set, black trousers with knee-high black boots. The President was in costume as America's First Dad. Read more about the White House Halloween here. Above, Mr. and Mrs. Obama hand out treats, joined by assistant pastry chef Susie Morrison (in red boa), and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses.

The festivities were big: Pumpkins, cobwebs, a huge stuffed spider, and dramatic lighting transformed the White House into a supernaturally fun place--as did a giant pair of glowing eyes in a window overlooking the front driveway.

Costumed characters--many from Star Wars--and acrobats dressed as winged fairies rolled around the North Lawn inside huge translucent plastic balls. An orchestra of skeletons moved around the driveway and grounds, entertaining the Halloween revelers as they waited in line to meet the President and Mrs. Obama. (Above: Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, in White was dressed as a pirate)

The treats....
The Presidential treats handed out were in little cellophane bags, and each included a box of White House M&Ms with the Presidential seal, a sweet dough butter cookie made by Yosses and his team, and a healthy serving of a dried fruit mix made with cherries, apricots, pears, apples and papayas. There was also a mini National Park Foundation Ranger activity book. No trickery was observed. Marian Robinson, Mrs. Obama's mother, was also on hand to give out treats.

Inside the White House, the President and Mrs. Obama hosted a reception for military families and the families of White House staff and residence staff. UN ambassador Susan Rice was dressed as Goofy, while Press Secretary Robert Gibbs showed up as a Jedi Knight with his son Ethan (below).