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Press Release - Halloween at The White House

October 31, 2016

This Halloween, the President and First Lady will welcome local schoolchildren and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House, which will be decorated for the occasion. More than 4,000 people are expected to visit the White House for Halloween this year, including students from the following schools:

Washington, DC Schools

DC Scholars Public Charter School

Excel Academy Public Charter School

Eagle Academy Public Charter School

Simon Elementary School

Virginia Schools

Douglas MacArthur Elementary School

Moorefield Station Elementary School

Buffalo Trail Elementary School

Anne E. Moncure Elementary School

Maryland Schools

Veterans Elementary Schools

Cradlerock Elementary School

Indian Queen Elementary School

H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center 

Carboy Hills Elementary School

Lexington Park Elementary School

Benjamin Banneker Elementary School


This Halloween, the White House and the surrounding grounds will be transformed into A Storybook Journey. As trick-or-treaters make their way across the South Drive, they will visit different station featuring décor inspired by classic tales, including Mother Goose, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Rabbit.  

A group of local students will also join a flash mob to the song Thriller, led by Joy of Motion Dance Company.


The following treats will be provided:

•       A box of White House Hershey Kisses

•       A White House Halloween Cookie

•       A box of White House M&Ms

•       Fruit Bars

•       Kettle Corn

•       Bo and Sunny baseball cards

•       An assortment of candies

The White House Halloween Cookie Recipe

1 lb Sugar                                            1 tsp Vanilla

2 lbs Butter                                     1 tsp Salt

3 Eggs                                                   3 lbs All Purpose Flour

Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.

Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes and allow to cool.

Barack Obama, Press Release - Halloween at The White House Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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