Halloween at the White House: Sorry, kid, you're not on the list
For a few hours this week, students from 30 District schools thought they were getting a special Halloween treat -- an invitation to a private White House party Saturday night -- but it turned out to be a trick of fate. A D.C. school superintendent accidentally forwarded the invitation to all her schools, rather than the ones it was intended for, resulting in a rush for tickets and inevitable letdown.
Perhaps another party on another date, kids -- the Obama White House has a regular habit of having local students over. This time, President Obama and the first lady invited 2,500 elementary students and their families to the party; makes sense, because the days when Malia and Sasha could go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood are gone. Saturday's guest list includes military families, pupils from the far suburbs and 1,000 kids from five District schools -- Stanton, Powell, River Terrace, Oyster-Adams and Achievement Prep charter.
Details of the celebration have been closely guarded (the White House declined to comment), but news reports say guests will be entertained by Chicago's Redmoon Theater, known for creating fantastic outdoor spectacles. And no -- for security reasons, there's no trick-or-treating at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But good news for kids who'll be there. Even the health-conscious White House understands what little goblins need on Halloween: candy.
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