More than 5,000 people are expected to visit the White House for Halloween this year, including military families and students from 18 local schools. President Obama and the first lady, who usually dresses in costume for the occasion, will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters at the South Portico of the White House, which will be lit a scary orange color.

Actually, little is scary about the White House celebration.

In the past, Michelle Obama has dressed as a cat. This year 185 pumpkins carved by volunteers will be placed on the grounds and topiaries of Obama family dogs – Bo as a pirate and Sunny as a sunflower – will add to the decor. The Black Bear Combo brass band, in from Chicago, will play Halloween music. The candy doled out will include boxes of White House branded M&Ms, jelly beans, butter cookies and a serving of dried fruit mix, for parents who are spooked by candy.