Melania Trump is hosting Halloween at the White House on Monday afternoon and will open the South Lawn to “ghosts and goblins of all ages.” The ghosts and goblins she is inviting are children and parents from more than 20 District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia schools, military families and community organizations, according to a press release from the Office of the First Lady on Friday.
The event scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. will feature bats and pumpkins with profiles of past presidents, but the White House didn’t say which ones. Fog will cloud the air and the South Portico will be decorated with spider webs for a “festive look and feel,” the release from her office states.
Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, played it cool, as he posed for photo after photo with some of the 6,000 or so Trick-or-Treaters coming through the White House gates.
Among this guests, the president greeted a number of tiny first responders, a giant inflatable dinosaur – who seemingly spooked the first lady – and a skeleton wearing a trademark Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.
One adult had draped a cardboard gravestone over himself, indicating the day of the president’s election marked the death of the D.C. swamp.
While the president opted for his typical suit and tie, and the first lady, a tan trench coat and heels, some cabinet officials decided to sport costumes instead.
White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, wearing her own Halloween-appropriate orange and black, pointed out to reporters that it was Education Secretary Betsy DeVos underneath an orange wig, as she channeled the Magic School Bus character Miss Frizzle.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was walking around with a headband that made it look like someone had put a knife through his head.