President and Mrs. Obama welcomed trick-or-treaters to the White House for the last time on Monday, and you better believe they’re not leave-a-bowl-of-candy-on-the-porch types.
Thousands of visitors stopped by for a treat, and the historic structure received a fantastical new look for the occasion. Characters from famous children’s storybooks including Mother Goose, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz make appearances in the larger than life decor, but Alice in Wonderland steals the show. A gold pocket watch swings from the South Portico framed by giant mechanical white rabbits, and, below, a chess board floor. Live performers even dot the lawn, to bring the stories to life as visitors make their way up the South Drive.
Inside, black and white balloons dressed the East Wing and kids bobbed for apples in the entry amid giant inflatable eyeballs. Out on the lawn, a relatively new Halloween tradition also made the cut for the day’s entertainment: a flash mob performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
“We’ve been working on a little dance. We don’t know how it’s going to go, but we think we should all just try it anyway. What do you think?” POTUS said before he performed the choreography from the 1982 music video.
Those concerned that the day’s signature sweets wouldn’t make the cut under FLOTUS’s watchful eye, need not worry. Treats included official White House Hershey Kisses, M&Ms and cookies, as well as fruit bars, kettle corn and Bo and Sunny collectible cards.
On Friday, the White House also received a day-long haunting by some of its famous deceased residents and other historical figures. Members of the press were greeted by Teddy Roosevelt, played by Gib Young of Huntington, Indiana, in the entry, and met Abraham Lincoln (Richard Klein of Springfield, Illinois), the building’s most frequently sighted spirit, in the State Dining Room.
You can recreate a bit of the day’s spooky fun, with the White House’s special Halloween cookie recipe! (They’ll still taste great on November 1.)