WASHINGTON: Two children dressed up as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and looking eerily similar joined a group of excited children to pose with their real-life counterparts at a Halloween event at the White House.
The two kids who chose to be Trump and Melania at Halloween this year also posed with the president and his wife but the White House administration skipped passing out the candy at this year’s festive celebration as the event was shrunk in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The duo paused and posed for several minutes, with Trump saying “he likes the press,” before the boy was pulled away by the girl to allow the line of children to continue walking.
While a White House press release had said there were “extra precautions” for “the health and safety of all guests”, neither Trump nor Melania wore a face mask at the event.
Costumed kids — including angels, pirates, astronauts, unicorns, witches, skeletons, cartoon characters, miniature, a baby Winnie the Pooh, and dinosaurs — paraded in front of the American president and the First Lady, who waved at them in appreciation, as spooky music played in the background.
The songs included Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” as well theme music from Game of Thrones and The Phantom of the Opera.
In line with the theme, the White House was lit up with an orange glow, a Halloween 2020′ sign on the front, and autumn-coloured leaves were put up on the columns to further underscore the mood. There were, of course, pumpkins, as well as chrysanthemums.
According to the White House announcement, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Air Force Strolling Strings, and the departments of agriculture, interior, labour, education, and transportation put up various festivities at the event.