October 31st, 2009
03:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Obamas celebrate first Halloween at the White House

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WASHINGTON (CNN)– President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are celebrating their first Halloween at the White House by inviting Washington area students and military families to trick or treat.

According to the White House, up to 2,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 14 years old are expected on the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday evening.

Three 1,000 lb pumpkins shipped in from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin will be on display, while children are entertained by Star Wars characters, snow globe fairies, bubble makers, and wandering trees.

The National Parks Foundation is providing the sweets for the children, which will include a box of White House M&Ms, dried fruit, and a White House sweet dough butter cookie baked by White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses.

The White House has not announced whether the Obama's plan to wear costumes for the occasion.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. D. D.

    This is wonderful- the many memories so many will have of being the White House. I certainly wish they would tour more rural schools someday.

    October 31, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. we had 8 years of everyday halloween

    very scary 8 years, one more day of halloween is actually festive, but 8 years of it was scary

    how un-patriotic of me to say, but "mission accomplished"

    October 31, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I'm sure that the opposition will, once again, find something wrong with having kids trick or treat at the White House. They won't like the type of candy, or the amount of children at the site, or something wrong as they always do!

    October 31, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. diridi

    pres. obama, please celebrate health care reform fix wtih public option...then you can do what all you can...god bless this president....happy holloween malia, and shasha....

    October 31, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Bassman

    I remember Pres. Bush and his T-ball games in the White House back yard. Did the Media cover it? No, Of course not. Nor did they cover his FIRST Halloween, or What Mrs. Bush did on a daily basis. If the media is going to cover ever little thing the Obama's do, they need to be fair.

    October 31, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Carlos

    They sure won't need masks, they are scary enough without them.

    October 31, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. sherry

    It's so wonderful to have such a nice normal family in the White House.
    The Obama's are such kind caring parent's and people .
    They truly bring class and dignity back to the White House.

    October 31, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    It is great to see the Fisrt Family invide ordinary Americans to the People's House, the Whte House. This is very refreshing indeed.

    October 31, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    As nice a jesture as this is, I am sure the Republicans and other Haters will find some negative to try spinning on the Obama's providing a safe atrmospheer for many kids on Halloween. What ever they spin, it ain't gonna stick.

    October 31, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. USN

    He's going as a president.

    October 31, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Mike

    The President is doing a great job. I'm a Registered Republican, so take that!!

    October 31, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Librarian

    I'd love to trick and treat there !!!

    October 31, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. geneva

    How wonderful to people like the Obamas inthe White House. They are truly great parents. We hope they will continue being great parentsand willcontinue being good for our country.

    October 31, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The problem is that the 'trick' is Obama.

    You obamatrons do realize that the Bush's did the same things, it's just that the MSM wasn't so in love with them that every little thing got a story.

    October 31, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |