WASHINGTON (AP) – Ghosts and goblins could strike out the White House with their tricks or healing routes this year.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will be in Europe for Halloween and will not be at the White House to help hand out candy and other treats.
Instead, the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House will be illuminated in orange to celebrate the macabre holiday, First Lady’s spokesman Michael LaRosa said.
This is the first Biden Halloween at the White House.
“The President and First Lady will travel around the world in the last days of October and will not host any event at the White House,” LaRosa said in a statement.
The Biden will be in Rome, where the president will attend the annual G20 summit of the world’s top wealthy and developing countries from October 30 to 31.
LaRosa did not mention the coronavirus pandemic in his statement, but said Biden and his wife encouraged families and children to celebrate Halloween with magic tricks or outdoor treats. Public health experts believe outdoor activities are safest during a pandemic.
Last year, during the pandemic, then President Donald Trump and then First Lady Melania Trump took tricks at the White House on Halloween shortly after they both recovered from COVID-19. The celebration has been modified to reflect the coronavirus.
The Trumps did not personally hand out treats, but waved and gestured when children in suits walked past them. Guests over two years old and White House staff working at the event were required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. The candy dispensers also wore gloves.