The Ultimate Trick-or-Treating Treasure: Candy from the Capitol
Candy from the Capitol was the ultimate trick-or-treating treasure for more than 2,000 kids who were invited to the White House for a spectacular trick-or-treating event. The White House and Department of Education chose schools from DC, Maryland, and Virginia to send 2,000 kids, ages 6-14, to 1600 Pennsylvania for special trick-or-treating.
More than 2,000 kids are getting the ultimate trick-or-treating treasure: Candy from President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
The Obamas smiled, chatted and passed out cellophane goody bags on Saturday night to parents and their children who came dressed in as superheroes, pirates, fairies and skeletons. Mrs. Obama wore furry cat ears.
What do you get for Halloween at the White House?
Not bad, kids: A box of White House M&Ms with the president's signature imprinted on it, a sweet dough butter cookie made by White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, a National Park Foundation Ranger activity book, and a serving of dried fruit mix made up of cherries, apricots, pears, apples and papayas.
Yosses, whose team assembled 2,000 cellophane goody bags, joked that the idea of filling the bags only with healthy treats was vetoed because they didn't want the White House to get egged Saturday night.
This is President and Mrs. Obama's first Halloween at the White House.
It was also the first White House Halloween for the Obamas' daughters, 8-year-old Sasha and 11-year-old Malia.
But the White House would not say what Sasha and Malia were wearing, even though hundreds of other children their ages were in costume in full view of the media. The White House referred back to the first lady's comment to Jay Leno, that finding out what Sasha and Malia were wearing would require "security clearance."
At 7:00 PM, President and Mrs. Obama also hosted a reception for military families and children of White house and residence staff in the East Room as part of a continuing effort to support US Military troops and their families at home. Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden co-hosted the event.
Read more on this event at Obama Foodorama, A Daily Diary of the Obama Foodscape, One Bipartisan Byte At A Time.