The Trumps celebrated Halloween at the White House — and the photos are fantastic

The South Portico of the White House is covered in decorations for Halloween, October 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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The South Portico of the White House is covered in decorations for Halloween, October 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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The White House transformed from a grandiose building into a haunted spectacle to celebrate Halloween eve on Monday. Giant spiders and their webs hung from the walls as Jack O’Lanters featuring the faces of previous presidents were scattered across the garden.

Flanked by costumed children and parents, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump handed out treats and posed for photographs as a steady stream of visitors awaited to greet the two on the South Lawn. It just so happened that the cheerful event fell on the same day that Trump’s associates, including Paul Manafort, were indicted in the Russia probe.

Children from 20 schools in the surrounding area and military families were invited to the event, according to the Associated Press. Trick-or-treaters received presidential M&M’s and home-baked cookies.

Here are some photos of the festivities:


Staff transformed the White House on Halloween eve to welcome the first family’s costumed guests.

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Halloween decorations of previous presidents were scattered across the area.

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The Trumps greeted the wave of zombies, robots, and other costumed children for the Halloween event.

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Treats reportedly included presidential M&M’s, home-baked cookies, and other pieces of candy.

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The first lady appeared surprised by one of the costumes …


… while the president gave the T. rex his signature sign of approval.

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The event was also marked with festive political messages, like this gravestone of Trump’s political opponents one visitor brought.

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The wave of zombies, pirates, and other costumed children gathered to receive their loot.

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Trump appeared to notice one particular costume and supporter.

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Even Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin participated in the festivities, in costume.

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The festive event spans across many presidential administrations.


Trump and Melania spoke at length with several of the children about their costumes.

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The couple also posed for photographs with the children.

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Melania also posted a picture of the decorations from inside the White House on Instagram, proclaiming, “The People’s House is ready to celebrate #Halloween2017.”

The People’s House @WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate #Halloween2017

A post shared by First Lady Melania Trump (@flotus) on Oct 28, 2017 at 3:42pm PDT