Washington (CNN) - It wasn't a ghost and it wasn't someone dressed up as the President who popped into the press cabin on Air Force One Sunday. President Obama himself made a rare appearance during the flight from Cleveland, Ohio to Andrews Air Force Base.
"Happy Halloween" Mr. Obama said when he paid a surprise visit to the dozen members of the press pool who follow his every move.
The President asked if anyone was taking kids trick-or-treating and chatted briefly about his daughters.
Sasha he said was going to dress up as a turkey, to which someone asked jokingly if he was going to pardon her, a play on the Thanksgiving White House tradition of pardoning turkeys.
The President replied, "that's a good idea, I'm going to pardon Sasha."
The visit to the back of the plane, his third since taking office, lasted for only one minute.
It capped a four state weekend campaign swing to stump for Democratic candidates and rally voters ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.