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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.


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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.


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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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Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

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Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
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In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

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Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

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Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

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Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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