|POTUS & FLOTUS dole out treats|
Washington, DC - Fairy princesses, zombies, super heroes, and plenty of Harry Potters trooped across the pumpkin-bedecked South Lawn on Thursday night as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated Halloween, doling out treats to approximately 5,000 young revelers under the dramatically lit spider, cobweb, and bunting-covered South Portico.
"Hey guys, come on down!" the President called out as the first set of kids approached, led by Nakaiya, age 10, who was dressed as "a goddess." She clutched a green plastic jack-o-lantern treat basket.
|Long view of the South Portico|
Mrs. Obama, dressed as Mom in Chief, wore a geometric black and orange block print top and orange slacks.
|Yosses, Mrs. Robinson, POTUS & FLOTUS|
|White House treat bag|
"Princess Leia!" President Obama said, grinning, as he recognized one young lady's costume.
|Little Princesses get treats|
The South Lawn was a scary wonderland, decorated with 185 carved jack-o-lanterns placed along the circular drive, glowing softly in the branches of trees and atop hay bales. A ring of ghosts--made of that old standard, white sheets--danced in a circle on the grass.
|Glinda the Good Witch|
Chicago's The Black Bear Combo brass band entertained the families waiting in line. The musicians wore skeleton make up and black outfits with skeleton outlines painted on in orange.
It was also the first time the celebration was on the South Lawn, chosen because it is larger than the North Lawn, a White House spokesman told Obama Foodorama.
First Dog Bo was represented in a pipe-cleaner topiary, dressed as a pirate, complete with eye patch, sword, hat with a bone decoration, and striped trousers. His little sister Sunny, making her first appearance in holiday decor after joining the First Family in August, was represented by a topiary sunflower, made of ribbons.
|A Let's Move! pumpkin|
As the kids headed out of the South Lawn gate, they passed a line of 14 carved pumpkins spelling out "Happy Halloween" by the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. By 7:00 PM, the night had become frightening with a soft rain, but it didn't stop the festivities. The White House livestreamed the event.
The North Portico of the White House was also lit orange, but had no decorations.
|The South Portico|
DC schools included Aidan Montessori, Center City Public Charter School-Petworth, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington Middle School for Girls, Key Elementary School, KIPP DC Public Charter School-AIM Academy, Moten Elementary School, Neval Thomas Elementary School and Plummer Elementary School.
|The North Portico|
Maryland schools were Mount Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School and Whitehall Elementary School, the White House said.
|Nakiya, age 10, kicks off the treatfest|