WASHINGTON (AP) – Ghosts and goblins can scratch the White House from their trick or treating routes this year.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will be in Europe for Halloween and will not be in the White House to help hand out candy and other treats.
Instead, the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House will be lit in orange light to celebrate the eerie holiday, said the first lady’s spokesman, Michael LaRosa.
It’s Bidens’ first Halloween in the White House.
“The President and First Lady will travel internationally in the last days of October and will not be hosting a specific White House event,” LaRosa said in a statement.
Bidens will be in Rome, where the president will attend the annual group of 20 summit of the world’s leading empire and developing countries from 30-31. October.
LaRosa did not mention the coronavirus pandemic in his statement, but he said Biden and his wife encouraged families and children to celebrate Halloween by tricking or treating outdoors. Public health experts say outdoor activity is safest during the pandemic.
Last year during the pandemic, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump been trick or therapists in the White House for Halloween shortly after they both recovered from COVID-19. The celebration was adapted to take the coronavirus into account.
The president and first lady did not personally hand out treats, but waved and gestured as the costumed children walked past them. Guests older than 2 and White House staff working on the event were to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Staff giving out sweets also wore gloves.
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