Wednesday, October 31, 2012

White House Cancels Halloween Festivities

Presidential treat bags will be delivered to local schools and military families...
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will not be welcoming children to the White House on Wednesday to celebrate Halloween for the fourth and final time during the President's first term in office.  Instead, the President will visit New Jersey to tour areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, accompanied by Gov. Chris Christie.  The annual celebration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has in the past included thousands of local school children trick-or-treating under the North Portico, with the First Couple and aides handing out treat bags amidst pumpkins,  spiderwebs, and dramatic lighting. (Above: The President and Mrs. Obama dole out treats in 2010)

After, the President and Mrs. Obama typically hosted a party inside the White House for children of military families and White House staff.

This year, the thousands of cellophane and ribbon-tied treat bags will be delivered to the White House Military Office, as well as to the schools invited to participate in the trick-or-treating.  These are in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.  As they have each year since 2009, the treat bags contained White House M&Ms, an orange-frosted, pumpkin-shaped cookie, jelly beans and a special mix of dried fruit. (Above:  A treat bag)

The pumpkins used to decorate the grounds of the White House for the festivities will be donated to area shelters, according to a spokesman.

CLICK HERE for the White House Halloween Cookie recipe. A look back at the 2011 Halloween celebration.