White House celebrates Halloween

Posted by Anita Kumar on October 31, 2013 

US NEWS WHITEHOUSE-HALLOWEEN 9 ABA

Halloween decorations fill the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., as President Barack Obama prepares to welcome guests for Halloween

OLIVIER DOULIERY — MCT

First Lady Michelle Obama is handing out more than fruit this Halloween.

The White House will give out White House M&Ms, jelly beans, a serving of dried fruit and a White House sweet dough butter cookie made by White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses.

The White House and grounds will be decorated with 185 pumpkins carved by volunteers, topiaries of the dogs dressed up in costume for the holiday – “Bo” as a pirate and “Sunny” as a sunflower.

More than 5,000 people, including local schoolchildren and children of military families, are expected to visit the White House Thursday night. Last year's event was canceled after Hurricane Sandy hit.

As the trick-or-treaters make their way across the South Lawn to the South Portico they will be entertained by the Black Bear Combo brass band from Chicago playing Halloween music and spooked by in-costume actors and volunteers.

 

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