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  • Halloween at the White House has been a fun tradition honored by presidential administrations over the past 60 years.
  • It started when First Lady Mamie Eisenhower first decided to decorate the White House for the holiday in 1958.
  • Since then, presidents and their first ladies have welcomed costumed children to the White House to trick-or-treat on Halloween amid festive decorations and entertainment.
  • Here’s how Halloween is celebrated at the White House.

Ever since First Lady Mamie Eisenhower decked out the White House with faux skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, and bundles of dried corn in 1958, celebrating Halloween has been a beloved tradition of presidential administrations.

Local children and children of military families are often invited to trick-or-treat as performers provide entertainment amid the festively decorated grounds. Even White House staffers get into the spirit by donning costumes.

Here’s a look at how various administrations have honored Halloween at the White House over the past 60 years.

Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. showing off their Halloween costumes to their father President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office on October 31, 1963.


JFK laughed as his children visit the Oval Office in costume.play

JFK laughed as his children visit the Oval Office in costume.

(Cecil W. Stoughton/White House Photographs/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

On October 19, 1977, Amy, the daughter of President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and friends carved pumpkins during Amy’s 10th birthday party at the White House.


Amy Carter had a Halloween-themed birthday party at the White House.play

Amy Carter had a Halloween-themed birthday party at the White House.

(AP Photo)

First Lady Barbara Bush greeted trick-or-treaters outside the South Portico of the White House on Halloween in 1989.


The Bushes hosted a Halloween party for 600 schoolchildren on the South Lawn in 1989.play

The Bushes hosted a Halloween party for 600 schoolchildren on the South Lawn in 1989.

(Mark Reinstein/MediaPunch/IPx/Associated Press)

President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush joked around with TV personality Willard Scott during a Halloween party on the White House lawn in 1989.


Willard Scott making conversation with the Bushes at their White House Halloween party.play

Willard Scott making conversation with the Bushes at their White House Halloween party.

(Barry Thumma/Associated Press)

President George W. Bush posed with local children who were trick-or-treating at the White House on Halloween in 2002.


Children dressed as cowboys, athletes, witches, and more.play

Children dressed as cowboys, athletes, witches, and more.

(Ron Edmonds/Associated Press)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama handed out candy to kids at the White House on October 31, 2009. The first family welcomed more than 2,600 children and parents from Washington, Maryland, and Virginia to the White House for a Halloween party.


The Obamas dished out candy to children.play

The Obamas dished out candy to children.

(Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

Trick-or-treaters received packets of Presidential M&Ms, orange White House Halloween cookies, and dried fruit in 2009.


The Obamas invited children to the White House for a Halloween party every year he was in office except 2012, when Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast of the US.play

The Obamas invited children to the White House for a Halloween party every year he was in office except 2012, when Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast of the US.

(Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

As children waited in line to trick-or-treat at the White House in 2009, performers like this skeleton band kept them entertained.


The White House had all sorts of Halloween-themed activities.play

The White House had all sorts of Halloween-themed activities.

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Adults dressed as Dracula and Frankenstein doled out treats to costumed children in 2010.


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No one left the party without candy.

(Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

Even though it was snowing, children from the Washington area and from military families delighted in trick-or-treating at the White House on Halloween 2011.


The snow didn't stop children from trick-or-treating at the White House.play

The snow didn’t stop children from trick-or-treating at the White House.

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

On Halloween 2013, President Obama and the First Lady greeted visitors to commence the annual Halloween celebration at the White House.


The White House is decorated with spiders, cobwebs, pumpkins, and stacks of hay.play

The White House is decorated with spiders, cobwebs, pumpkins, and stacks of hay.

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Halloween decorations designed to look like the “first dogs” added to the festivities. “Sunny” and “Bo,” dressed as a sunflower and a pirate, posed at the White House.


At a glance, they almost looked real.play

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At a glance, they almost looked real.

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

The White House was decked out in orange pumpkins on October 31, 2014.


A large pumpkin sat in the center of the front entrance of the White House.play

A large pumpkin sat in the center of the front entrance of the White House.

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Trapeze artists danced alongside children as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed everyone to the White House for Halloween in 2015.


Trapeze artists, dancers, and other performers kept guests entertained.play

Trapeze artists, dancers, and other performers kept guests entertained.

(Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

A bumble bee and some emojis took photos of President Obama at the White House in 2016.


Guests received treats and got to take pictures with Obama.play

Guests received treats and got to take pictures with Obama.

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Obama and the first lady gave out Halloween treats to children on October 31, 2016.


Children of all ages were welcomed to the celebration, like this baby with a pumpkin hat.play

Children of all ages were welcomed to the celebration, like this baby with a pumpkin hat.

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Costumed children of journalists and White House staffers were invited to the Oval Office in 2017 to meet President Trump.


Trump handed out some Halloween treats.play

Trump handed out some Halloween treats.

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Specially carved jack-o-lanterns of important American figures decorated the White House on Halloween 2017.


This one is of Alexander Hamilton.play

This one is of Alexander Hamilton.

(CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters)

As part of the 2017 festivities, children were invited to trick or treat at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.


Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters helped costumed visitor Chloe Price find a seat before Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a briefing.play

Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters helped costumed visitor Chloe Price find a seat before Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a briefing.

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, wearing a bright orange blazer for the holiday, enjoyed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Ms. Frizzle costume in 2017.


Everyone was dressed in theme at the White House.play

Everyone was dressed in theme at the White House.

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump gave out sweets to trick-or-treating kids on the South Lawn in 2017.


Hundreds of children and their families celebrated Halloween with the Trumps.play

Hundreds of children and their families celebrated Halloween with the Trumps.

(CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters)

Standing next to the President, the First Lady greeted a miniature firefighter with a treat from her basket on Halloween 2017.


The treats were wrapped in orange plastic baggies.play

The treats were wrapped in orange plastic baggies.

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

That same day, the White House looked fun and foreboding, thanks to elaborate decorations.


Giant spiders, expansive webs, and purple lighting covered the White House.play

Giant spiders, expansive webs, and purple lighting covered the White House.

(CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters)



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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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