2,000 kids knocking on White House door

This year it’s the big gated place on Pennsylvania Avenue, No 1600. There’s no mailbox out front, but every little kid knows who lives there. Welcome to the White House, boys and girls.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama awaited more than 2,000 children on Saturday night from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The kids were to get to do their trick-or-treating on the most famous front porch in America, the North Portico, with the Obamas planning to spend time handing out

The word is that the president and the first lady didn’t plan to dress up in costumes. But don’t rule out the chance that some youngsters might dress up as the Obamas. The early evening extravaganza was to include outdoor entertainment and activities for the children and their families, so all the youngsters won’t be lining up at once for candy.

Later, in the East Room, the first couple were to be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, at a Halloween reception for military families and for the moms and dads who work at the White House, along with their kids.

It’s the first White House Halloween for the Obamas’ daughters, 8-year-old Sasha and 11-year-old Malia.

The visiting children were chosen, with help from the Education Department, from schools in the capital and surrounding suburbs.

Over the years, the winter holidays have been the ones to get the full treatment at the White House, with Christmas trees and tinsel all around.

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