The White House is breaking traditions. Ghosts and goblins heading to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. for Halloween will be disappointed. The White House confirmed that they will not host an annual Halloween celebration this year, instead sending their residents, First Lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden, overseas.
Michael La Rosa is the press secretary for the First Lady. On Wednesday, Twitter confirmed the newsThe People’s House will no longer be hosting the traditional trick-or-treat celebrations that are held every year. La Rosa explained to us that the Bidens “will be traveling internationally during the last days of October and will not be hosting a specific event at the White House.”La Rosa stated that the First Family encourages trick-or-treating outdoors in their neighborhood or at other outdoor venues.
This year’s trick-or treat event was cancelled because the Bidens have been making international travel plans. The president and first lady left the White House on Thursday and traveled to Europe. They stopped in Rome for the G20 Summit, then visited the Vatican on Friday. The pair will then travel to Glasgow for COP26 (a UN climate summit).
La Rosa confirms in a statement The Hill This year’s decision to cancel a trick-or treat event was based on travel plans, not the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already published their Guidelines for the holiday season, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky earlier in the month Encourage families to celebrate HalloweenThey should still take precautions. Walensky gave trick-or treat her approval. “I would say put on those costumes, stay outside and enjoy your trick-or-treating,”Add this to the mix “I wouldn’t gather in large settings outside and do screaming like you are seeing in those football games, if you are unvaccinated, those kids that are unvaccinated, but if you are spread out doing your trick-or-treating, that should be very safe for your children.”
The White House will not host trick-or-treaters but La Rosa stated that there will still some Halloween celebrations. “the north facade of the White House will be illuminated in orange in celebration of Halloween.”For decades, the White House has been participating in Halloween celebrations. Datieren back to 1958When Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady, decorated the White House in Halloween costumes for the first-ever time. A few years later, the tradition of hosting trick-or treaters continued and has been maintained almost every year.