President, first lady host final White House Halloween, dance to 'Thriller'

The White House is decorated for Halloween on October 29, 2016 in Washington DC.
The White House is decorated for Halloween on October 29, 2016 in Washington DC.

Credit: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

Credit: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

With about 80 days left in office, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted their last White House Halloween.

The executive mansion was decorated in themes of "Alice in Wonderland" and other classic tales for children.

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More than 4,000 people, with kids from the Washington, D.C.-area and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, were expected to visit the White House Monday evening, according to the press office.

But the Obamas took a moment to let their hair down as they hosted children and their families, taking part in a flash mob to "Thriller," led by members of the Joy of Motion Dance Company.

Children didn't just have fun with the Obamas. They also took home a variety of treats including:

  • A box of White House Hershey Kisses
  • A White House Halloween cookie
  • A box of White House M&Ms
  • Fruit bars
  • Kettle Corn
  • Bo and Sunny (the First Family's dogs) baseball cards

Here is the official White House Halloween cookie recipe:

The White House Halloween Cookie Recipe

1 lb Sugar                                                 1 tsp Vanilla

2 lbs Butter Sugar                                   1 tsp Salt

3 Eggs Sugar                                            3 lbs All Purpose Flour

Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.

Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes and allow to cool.

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