Donald and Melania Trump skipped the sweets at this year's Halloween celebration at the White House and instead waved to the trick-or-treaterners at a smaller-sized event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The first couple came out to the music of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", held hands and waved to the crowd.
They did not wear face masks as they greeted the children who were lined up in front of them at the south portico of the White House.
It was a parade of angels, astronauts, pirates, cartoon characters, skeletons, witches, unicorns and Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Creepy music – from the theme song "Game of Thrones" to the "Phantom of the" Opera "- played in the background as the costume parade of the first couple.
LOOK-A-LIKES: Children dressed as a presidential couple pose in front of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at a Halloween celebration at the White House
HAPPY HALLOWEEN: President Trump asked the boy if he was dressed as a hot dog. he was
SCARY: First Lady Melania Trump looks a little scared when she sees a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex
TRICK OR TREATMENT: This little Spiderman came to the Trumps to do trick or treating without realizing that the first couple weren't handing out candy this year
The White House was lit up for the occasion, and the Trump balcony lit up. A giant sign reading “Halloween 2020” hung on the balcony of the south portico, leaves in different autumn colors circled the pillars, and a row of chrysanthemums flowed down the east and west stairs.
And of course there were many, many pumpkins.
A light mist fell on the children's path and added to the festive atmosphere.
Most of the children and guests wore masks.
Social distancing measures should be in place, but things started tough.
After the Trumps came out, the excited guests crowded around the first couple to take pictures and photos until the staff got them to move.
"Go ahead, keep the line moving," the staff shouted as people stopped to take out their phones.
But from then on it went more smoothly.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany brought her 11-month-old daughter disguised as a mouse
President Donald Trump greets a child dressed as a soldier
A group of unicorns stop to speak to the first pair
Instead of handing out candy, President Trump and Melania Trump waved to the kids as they passed
BILDZEIT: First Lady Melania Trump bends over to President Donald Trump to pose for a socially distant selfie
COSTUME PARADE: Children presented by the President and First Lady who just waved instead of handing out candy due to the coronavirus pandemic
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows greets guests on the South Lawn of the White House during the Halloween celebration
A child dressed as a porcupine leaves to be greeted by the Trumps
Children – in a range of costumes, from superheroes to scary ones – marched in front of the Trumps, some stopping to wave, some hiding behind theirs, and others just looking confused as the group of cameras recorded every move.
The parents wore them too small to walk alone. Children dressed up as miniature lions, elephants, and a baby Winnie the Pooh got waves from the Trumps.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany carried her 11-month-old daughter, disguised as a mouse, to meet the first couple.
A miniature Donald and Melania Trump – he in a black suit and a red tie, she in a white dress, both in face masks – pulled big smiles from the real Trumps who posed with them for photos.
The two children posed for a few minutes before the girl pulled the boy away to keep moving.
"He likes the press," noted the president.
The first lady, who wore an orange coat, slipped her arm through the president's arm to lean in and pose for a socially distant selfie.
The president gave many of the trick or treating his signature thumbs up. A group wearing the New York teams' jerseys got a double thumbs up from Trump, who recently relocated to Florida.
And Trump called back to properly meet and take a picture with a child in a wheelchair. He bent down to speak to him.
He also greeted some children in military costumes who saluted back.
The White House was lit and decorated with leaves and pumpkins for the Halloween celebration
The Trumps waved to the kids for about 35 minutes as they passed
One little girl was a little too shy to approach the trumps who waved to her
The President and the First Lady in front of the decorated south portico
The President also said to a child who paused in front of them, "You are a hot dog?" The boy was indeed disguised as a hot dog.
The first couple were separated from the crowd by a row of flowers in planters, but a little SpiderMan walked around the barrier and straight up the Trumps, holding up his bag to properly trick or treat.
Unfortunately the Trumps didn't have any sweets with them.
The traditional orange bags of goodies that the first couple distributed had already been given to the children who carried them on their way. The bags had been Set up on tables on the sides of the events – the families picked up one by one.
One kid skipped the trumps and went straight to the cameras to pose. In doing so, it ignored the president and the first lady behind it.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows came out to watch the festivities. He bent down to speak to children and direct traffic when the bottleneck line was taken.
The crowd was excited to be there and was happy to see the Trumps. "We love you" and "another four years" were shouted by many adults who passed by.
"Thank you," said the President to them.
Trick or Treat is an annual White House tradition that dates back to 1958 when First Lady Mamie Eisenhower decided to decorate it for the holiday.
Guests at this year's event were frontline workers, military families and school children.
Everyone over two years old was asked to wear a mask and social distance. And the event staff had to wear masks and gloves.
NASA had space-related items for children to watch, as well as an inflatable rocket.
The children could also receive a Junior Ranger Badge and Ranger Paper Hat from the Home Office. The transportation department distributed paper planes.
The United States Air Force Strolling Strings played traditional Halloween songs and other pieces.