Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Is there a witch hunt? Donald and Melania Trump hand out candy for White House's traditional Halloween celebration (and unlike at the World Series, they don't mind people saying boo!)

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump handed out commemorative Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters at the White House Monday night. 
The president and first lady opted not to dress in costume - with POTUS in a navy suit and FLOTUS in a belted coat with an autumn-colored patchwork design - but they seemed delighted by some of their guests' outfit choices. 
Early on, a child in an inflatable dinosaur suit got a point of approval from the president. Trump patted a little boy, dressed as a mini U.S. Marine, on the cheek. A different Marine came through and saluted Melania Trump. The first lady comforted a sad Belle, wearing the trademark yellow dress.     
President Trump and First Lady Melania hand out candy to kids
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President Trump patted a little boy, dressed as a mini U.S. Marine, on the cheek as he went through the line
President Trump patted a little boy, dressed as a mini U.S. Marine, on the cheek as he went through the line 
BOO! President Trump and first lady Melania Trump handed out candy in front of a spookified White House
BOO! President Trump and first lady Melania Trump handed out candy in front of a spookified White House 
Two Marines make way for President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to greet trick-of-treaters at the White House Monday night
Two Marines make way for President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to greet trick-of-treaters at the White House Monday night 
President Trump (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right) arrive on the South Lawn Monday night for the White House's Halloween festivities
President Trump (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right) arrive on the South Lawn Monday night for the White House's Halloween festivities 
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump smile as they walk out to meet the crowd at the White House Monday night
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump smile as they walk out to meet the crowd at the White House Monday night
Hundreds of pumpkins were used on the stairs leading out to the South Lawn
Hundreds of pumpkins were used on the stairs leading out to the South Lawn 
The White House was decorated Monday night in a haunted forest theme, with black spooky trees and pumpkins galore
The White House was decorated Monday night in a haunted forest theme, with black spooky trees and pumpkins galore 
Creepy black trees were used on the Truman Balcony to give the White House the look of a haunted forest
Creepy black trees were used on the Truman Balcony to give the White House the look of a haunted forest 
DINO-MITE: Early on, President Trump gave a point of approval to a young man in an inflatable dinosaur costume
DINO-MITE: Early on, President Trump gave a point of approval to a young man in an inflatable dinosaur costume 
The mini Marine marches off after getting special attention from President Trump
The mini Marine marches off after getting special attention from President Trump 
A child in a Minion costume posed a logistical problem for President Trump, who ended up just putting the candy bar on the child's head
A child in a Minion costume posed a logistical problem for President Trump, who ended up just putting the candy bar on the child's head 
The candy quickly took a tumble as the child walked away from the president and first lady
The candy quickly took a tumble as the child walked away from the president and first lady 
A White House minion leads a Minion away, as more children come through to take candy from the president and first lady
A White House minion leads a Minion away, as more children come through to take candy from the president and first lady 
A little girl dressed as a Monarch butterfly grabs a Hershey's candy bar from first lady Melania Trump
A little girl dressed as a Monarch butterfly grabs a Hershey's candy bar from first lady Melania Trump 
First lady Melania Trump looks spooked by a child sporting a skeleton costume
First lady Melania Trump looks spooked by a child sporting a skeleton costume 
The Trumps admire a little girl dressed up as a Monarch butterfly
The Trumps admire a little girl dressed up as a Monarch butterfly 
The Trumps give a bemused expression to a creepy clown walking through the line Monday night
The Trumps give a bemused expression to a creepy clown walking through the line Monday night 
The United States Air Force Strolling Strings played recognizable tunes including the themes from 'Harry Potter' and 'Game of Thrones'
The United States Air Force Strolling Strings played recognizable tunes including the themes from 'Harry Potter' and 'Game of Thrones' 
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted out a photo of the festive decorations before trick-or-treaters arrived
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted out a photo of the festive decorations before trick-or-treaters arrived 
 A child in an inflatable Minion costume posed a challenge to the Trumps, who ended up  
It quickly fell to the ground. 
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway - not in costume - was spotted jumping the line and then posing for selfies. 
The first couple stayed outside for 38 minutes.  
The White House was decorated with a haunted forest theme. 
Black trees surrounded the South Portico with branches wrapping around the columns and climbing up to the Trump Balcony, while pumpkins trailed down the East and West staircases, their vines intertwined along the railings.
Fog machines pumped out white mist to give the South Lawn a spooky aura. 
Handing out candy to kids is a long time tradition at the White House for the president and first lady. 
Mamie Eisenhower first started celebrating the holiday at the executive mansion in 1958, according to the White House Historical Association.  But it was the Nixons who started to invite local children to participate.
President Trump admires the costume of a young police officer, toting a jack-o-lantern candy basket
President Trump admires the costume of a young police officer, toting a jack-o-lantern candy basket 
Two more dinosaurs come through, a popular costume at the White House this year
Two more dinosaurs come through, a popular costume at the White House this year 
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet a young jockey
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet a young jockey 
White House reporters who traveled with President Trump to Chicago aboard Air Force One Monday were treated to peppers dressed as jack-o-lanterns
White House reporters who traveled with President Trump to Chicago aboard Air Force One Monday were treated to peppers dressed as jack-o-lanterns 
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are silhouetted against the White House during the annual Halloween festivities
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are silhouetted against the White House during the annual Halloween festivities 
The president and first lady hand out candy in front of the White House made to look like a haunted forest
The president and first lady hand out candy in front of the White House made to look like a haunted forest 
President Trump and Melania Trump stayed outside for 38 minutes handing out candy as the sun set Monday night
President Trump and Melania Trump stayed outside for 38 minutes handing out candy as the sun set Monday night 
Marines salute the president and first lady as they exit the White House Halloween festivities Monday night
Marines salute the president and first lady as they exit the White House Halloween festivities Monday night 
The United States Air Force Strolling Strings played a number of recognizable songs including the theme from the 'Harry Potter' movies and the television show 'Game of Thrones.'  
In addition to the sweet treats, there were fun activities for the kids, including checking out a space suit from NASA and a tractor from the Department of Agriculture.
The Department of the Interior gave out Junior Ranger Explorer and Fishing books, badges, and stickers.  
And the Secret Service brought Presidential Limo known as 'The Beast,' for the kids to check out. 
Earlier in the day, reporters traveling with the president aboard Air Force One to Chicago got to partake in a little Halloween cheer too, as their stuffed peppers featured Jack-o-Lantern faces. 

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