First Lady Melania Trump announced Friday that the White House will welcome “ghosts, fairies, superheroes, tiny goblins” and other costumed visitors on Sunday for its fourth annual Halloween festivities, but this year annual celebration will take place under COVID-19 restrictions including social distancing and face masks for all guests over the age of 2 will be required.
“All personnel working the event are required to wear a face-covering and any staff passing out candy will be required to wear gloves,” Melania announced in a news release, adding that she along with President Trump will be among those greeting children during their visit by the South Portico of the executive mansion. “An array of chrysanthemums will also cascade down the East and West staircases, presenting subtle highlights of nature’s beauty and will be intermixed with festive pumpkins waiting to greet an audience of costumed trick-or-treaters.”
The measures will be implemented to “help ensure the health and safety of all guests wishing to participate in this year’s spooky celebration.”
The White House, according to the statement will be decorated with a “vibrant display of bright-colored leaves that will envelop the South Portico columns in various shades of autumn.”
The annual festivities will resemble the previous years where several federal departments and agencies will also be in attendance to offer a variety of activities and goodies for the kids — including NASA, the Department of Education, and the Department of Transportation.
NASA “will have space-related items for kids to observe, as well as a display of an inflatable rocket,” for example, while the First Lady’s office said, “children will be able to wave hello to Smokey the Bear from the Department of Agriculture and stop by the Department of Interior station for a Junior Ranger badge and paper ranger hat.”
The gates will open to frontline workers, military families, and schoolchildren, accompanied by their parents, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT.