Joe’s fright night! Biden creepily whispers in the ear of a young boy and Jill dresses as Willow the First Cat for a VERY rainy White House Halloween
- The Bidens hosted nearly 8,000 guests for a rainy Halloween
- Biden handed out presidential M&Ms, Jill Biden passed out books
- President pretended to be scared at sight of spooky kids
Joe Biden creepily whispered into the ear of a young boy as the First Lady dressed up as a cat when they welcomed kids for the annual White House Halloween party.
The President planted a kiss on the boy’s cheek as he was carried by his mother and then handed him a packet of candy on the South Lawn on Monday.
The Commander-in-Chief, 80, opted for non-spooky attire – donning a ball cap and suit – while his wife Jill was made-up like Willow the ‘first cat’, sporting ears and furry cuffs on her gray dress.
Biden theatrically feigned he was spooked as a parade of dinosaurs, skeletons, witches, and super heroes trick-or-treated.
The First Lady put on her teacher’s hat to host a ‘Hallo-READ!,’ with the White House decorated with famous literary characters – like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy’s giant ruby slippers sat to one side of the White House portico.
US President Joe Biden kisses a baby while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington
President Joe Biden reacts to a blue baby dinosaur
Jill Biden reading ’10 Spooky Pumpkins’ to kids at the White House
Jill Biden made a literary theme – hosting a ‘Hallo-READ!’
Jill also hosted a reading nook where she read ’10 Spooky Pumpkin’ to the kids. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dressed as an angel as she read ‘First Broom.’
‘I had a choice – either be an angle or a devil. I picked an angel,’ she said.
About 8,000 guests made their way through the spook-tacular, including local public school students and military-connected children.
The weather contributed to the atmosphere. It was spooky skies over the White House with the clouds rolling in as the event began.
The rain came down but didn’t stop the fun. The President and First Lady both posed for selfies as they greeted parents and children alike.
But the evening grew so cold that Jill Biden put a coat on over her dress.
Some familiar faces made their way through the trick-or-treating line.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken came through with his two children. White House adviser Anita Dunn brought her family as did OMB director Sholanda Young.
Former House speaker pro tem Patrick McHenry went through the line.
President Joe Biden gives a little girl dressed as a pumpkin a kiss
Jill Biden dressed up as Willow, her cat that lives at the White House
President Joe Biden picks up a book as he hands out candy to children
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dressed as an angel
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden with a trick-or-treater dressed as Batman
US President Joe Biden hands out candy to children
President Biden salutes a boy dressed in military fatigues
President Biden greets a trick-or-treater
President Biden with two baseball players
The president and a pumpkin head
President Biden didn’t just fake fear at the sight of a blue baby dinosaur and a skeleton, he also saluted a young boy dressed in military fatigues and took a toy ice cream cone from a child who offered him one.
He shook boxes of M&Ms to make them rattle as he waved kids over to get their sweet treats. He also handed out Hershey Kisses in a box with the presidential signature.
Pumpkins, gourds, haybales and corn stalks were the decorations of choice. Yellow and orange mums dotted the South Lawn.
The fountain had fake bubbles in it to resemble a witch’s caldron.
On the White House itself, a large full moon with a witch flying in front of it hung on the Truman Balcony.
Cardboard cutouts of Willow and Commander were on the South Portico. Cardboard stacks of books completed the look.
Various cabinet agencies participated in the event, sitting up booths to hand out candy.
The Education Department handed out smarties. The Secret Service had one of their cruisers for kids to sit in. The State Department passed out gummie bears.
Cookies in shape of carrots and round ones with a green monster face were available for snacks. There was warm apple cider to drink.
The chilly White House celebration was a marker of the official holiday weather to come.
A cold snap is spreading across the US and will affect wide swathes of the Midwest, South, and East, forecasts show – including almost all the Lower 48 states.
The cold-air phenomenon began Monday, and is set to reach its peak later this week. As a result, some 60million Americans – from the flatlands of the Lone Star State to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley – are under frost or freeze alerts.
Another 200 million, experts say, are poised to experience some form of unseasonably cold weather one way of the other.
President Biden handed out M&Ms with the presidential seal
A group of skeletons with the president
President Biden pretends to eat an ice cream cone
President Biden with Secretary of State Tony Blinken and his children
President Biden with White House adviser Anita Dunn
The White House decorations included items from The Wizard of Oz
A witch flys on the Trump balcony
There were cardboard cutouts of Willow and Commander
It also rained in 2022 for the Bidens’ Halloween event. That year marked the first time the Bidens’ hosted trick-or-treaters at the White House for Halloween. In 2021, they were on an official trip to Europe for the holiday and, instead, had the White House lit up in orange.
Halloween has been celebrated at the White House since the mid-20th century, according to the White House Historical Association.
Mamie Eisenhower decorated the White House for Halloween for the first time in 1958.
Since then there has typically been some type of Halloween celebration at the White House.
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