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White House a special stop for treats

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WASHINGTON – President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama yesterday distributed presidential M&Ms and dried fruit mixes to more than 2,000 trick-or-treaters, marking their Halloween at a White House event partly aimed at honoring military families.

Dressed as superheroes, pirates, fairies, and skeletons, the children came in with their parents from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, lining up at the orange lit White House.

The Obamas smiled, chatted, and gave out cellophane goody bags that were also filled with a sweet dough butter cookie made by White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and a National Park Foundation Ranger activity book. Michelle Obama wore furry cat ears and a leopard-patterned top.

A big, stuffed, black spider dangled in a web of string from the top of the portico, and pumpkins had sprouted up around the columns.

The loot handed out was just part of the treat for the children, ages 6 to 14. “He touched my hand,’’ said a beaming Tiera Thomas, 11, of Washington, after she picked up her candy from the president.

The Obamas spent about a half hour distributing candy.

The president, dressed in casual clothes, was one of the few not in costume. Even Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, was dressed as Darth Vader.

It was the first White House Halloween for the Obama daughters, 8-year-old Sasha and 11-year-old Malia. But the White House refused to say where Sasha and Malia Obama were celebrating Halloween and what the two girls were wearing.

[source: Associated Press]

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