WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House on Friday (Oct 30) welcomed flocks of costumed children to its annual Halloween event where United States President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave out candy and fruit bars.
A toddler dressed as the pope who was being pushed in a "popemobile" caught Mr Obama's attention as he and the first lady walked the South Lawn, baskets of goodies in hand for costumed trick-or-treaters.
The White House facade was partially coloured in black and thronged on either side by sinister figures on stilts and plenty of pumpkins, in an effort to turn the grounds into an "enchanted forest".
Meanwhile, acrobats, trapeze artists and jugglers entertained the day's guests, local school children and military children, who were dressed as firefighters, princesses and various other characters.
The first couple did not dress in costume, with Mr Obama wearing a brown cardigan over a gray collared shirt, and Mrs Obama in a multi-colored tee with black jacket.
More than 4,200 people were expected at the event, where White House M&M candies, cookies, kettle corn, fruit bars and baseball cards featuring the first dogs, Sunny and Bo, were distributed.
The evening also featured the White House's first-ever pavilion with La Catrina, the famous skull from Mexican folklore, which is associated with Dia De Los Muertos.