The White House on Sunday night had a decidedly spooky vibe, as President Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed children of military families for trick-or-treating on the South Lawn.

A military band played the themes from “The Addams Family,” “Harry Potter” and “Bewitched” as the first couple greeted a stream of costumed kids. Forget state visits — the president shook hands with some very esteemed figures, including Captain America, a princess and several dinosaur species.

The Trumps (who weren’t in costumes) continued the annual tradition amid festive decor — cornstalks wound their way around the marble columns leading to the Truman Balcony, fog machines created an eerie mood and the area in front of the South Portico seemed to have sprouted a pumpkin patch. “Beautiful!” the president could be heard exclaiming as he admired the kids' finery. He tossed candy — full-size Twizzlers and Hershey bars were the treats of choice — to the father of one group.

Activities included a display of an astronaut suit by NASA, a tractor from the Agriculture Department and emergency vehicles from the Department of Health and Human Services.


President Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters at the White House on Sunday. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)