The white house facade with a jack o' lantern

US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump hosted Halloween at the White House with trick or treating and photo opportunity with children of frontliners and military personnel. 

The event happened on Sunday, and parents accompanied their children. 

The Halloween celebration this year consisted of vibrant displays of bright-colored leaves at the South Portico and chrysanthemums and pumpkins.

A military band also played Halloween music in the background, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

A little girl wearing a haloween costume and a mask

Safety First

On Friday, the first lady, through a White House statement, announced the Halloween celebration at the White House. 

Her statement also includes the underscoring of safety during the event.

According to the statement, the Trump administration put into place “extra precautions” for its guests’ health and safety. 

The precautions include the following: 

  1. Limited guest capacity and extended event hours.
  2. Guests ages 2-years-old and above have to wear face masks and practice social distancing at the White House.
  3. All White House personnel have to wear face coverings, while those who will give out treats should wear gloves
  4. Provision of hand sanitizer throughout the event route.
  5. Utilization of no-touch approach.

In the past, the first family handed out the treats personally to trick or treating kids. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House decided to take a different approach. 

The kids and their guardians, on Sunday, walk along the South Lawn while the president and the first lady waves at them at a safe distance while offering words of encouragement, per Associated Press (AP).

Moreover, instead of personally handing candies to children, the treats are given separately to the children. 

In the video uploaded by the White House, almost everyone, except the president and the first lady are wearing masks. Although the two are staying at a safe distance from the children and other guests.

However, at some point in the video from the White House, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is seen holding her child while not wearing a mask.

Trump, the first lady, and McEnnany have all contracted COVID-19 early this month.

All three have already recovered from it. 

A September super spreader event in the White House is said to have resulted in around 11 cases of COVID-19 in the president’s circle. 

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