Biden Cancels Halloween at the White House

Though decorations will be placed, a spokesperson for the First Lady announced that the Bidens will be out of the country, and Halloween at the White House is effectively canceled.

Michael LaRosa announced on his Twitter that the presidential couple would be flying to Europe, ignoring the long-held tradition of passing out candy to trick-or-treaters on the White House lawn.

“On the evening of October 31, 2021, the north facade of the White House will be illuminated in orange in celebration of Halloween. The President and First Lady will be traveling internationally during the last days of October and will not be hosting a specific event at the White House.”

The statement didn’t acknowledge coronavirus at all but did encourage trick-or-treating at outdoor venues.

Last year, President Trump and First Lady Melania attended the traditional Halloween event but didn’t hand candy out themselves. They had recently recovered from a COVID infection and, instead of canceling the much-anticipated event, waved and gestured at the costumed kids as they walked by.

Biden left for Rome on Thursday to attend the G-20 summit over the weekend. He will also visit Vatican City and have an audience with Pope Francis.

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