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Some really lucky kids... and Military Families... are about to go knock on the door of America's most famous house for some trick or treating!
a full view of the Halloween decorations on/around the South Portico of the White House pic.twitter.com/QrSu3CTBow— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 31, 2013
From the WHITE HOUSE... here's what guests can expect tonight as the First Family welcomes guests for Halloween!
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This Halloween, President and Mrs. Obama will welcome local schoolchildren and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House, which will be lit orange for the occasion. More than 5,000 people are expected to visit the White House for Halloween this year, including students from the following schools:
Center City Public Charter School-Petworth
DC Bilingual Public Charter School
Washington Middle School for Girls
Key Elementary School
KIPP DC Public Charter School-AIM Academy
Moten Elementary School
Neval Thomas Elementary School
Plummer Elementary School
Coles Elementary School
Drew Model School
Hoffman-Boston Elementary School
Mount Vernon Community School
Patrick Henry Elementary School
Rolling Ridge Elementary School
Sterling Elementary School
Mount Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
Whitehall Elementary School
The White House and the surrounding grounds will be decorated in celebration of Halloween, including 185 pumpkins carved by volunteers. Topiaries of the First Dogs will be dressed up in costume for the holiday – pipecleaner “Bo” as a pirate, and ribbon “Sunny” as a sunflower.
As the trick-or-treaters make their way across the South Lawn to the South Portico they will be entertained by the Black Bear Combo brass band from Chicago playing Halloween music and spooked by in-costume actors and volunteers.
The following treats will be provided:
The White House Halloween Recipes
The White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookie Recipe
1 lb Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla
2 lbs Butter 1 tsp Salt
3 Eggs 3 lbs All Purpose Flour
Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.
Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.
Bake at 350F for 14 minutes and then allow to cool.
Make Your Own Dried Fruit Mix
Dried Apples Dried Pineapple
Dried Apricots Dried Papayas
Dried Pears Dried Cherries
Dried Blueberries Banana Chips
Combine ingredients and serve.