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Biden hosts Halloween at the White House while bracing for a midterms nightmare for Democrats

Joe Biden spend Monday night handing out Halloween candy to little kids at the White House as Democrats try to avoid a nightmare scenario in next week’s election.

The president, along with Jill Biden and granddaughter Naomi, welcomed the children of local firefighters, nurses, police officers and National Guard members for trick-or-treating at the White House.

The rain didn’t keep the kiddos away even some Democratic candidates have been shy about appearing on the campaign trail with the president.

Biden himself has been avoiding several of the battleground states that helped elect him to the Oval Office as Democrats face losing control of the House on Nov. 8th. The Senate is seen as more up for grabs.

Scary music played as the president and first lady stood in the rainy weather, greeting a barrage of witches, wizards, astronauts, super heroes and animals. Jill Biden got into the spirit by dressing up as a butterfly with a purple wig and turquoise wings.

The president is battling low approval ratings and voter frustration with the economy where the price of living has gone up as inflation has risen.

Biden, wearing a baseball cap and blue rain jacket, joked he didn’t have time to get a costume. He also hasn’t had much time to devote to the campaign trail.

And when asked how he felt about the midterms – where Democrats have been faced with a gloomy forecast – the president replied, ‘It’s Halloween! That’s how I feel about ’em.’   

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was dressed up as a butterfly when she and President Joe Biden welcomed children to the White House on Monday evening

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was dressed up as a butterfly when she and President Joe Biden welcomed children to the White House on Monday evening

The decorations appeared to be a spooky town theme complete with buildings, pumpkins and bursts of orange color

The decorations appeared to be a spooky town theme complete with buildings, pumpkins and bursts of orange color

The decorations appeared to be a spooky town theme complete with buildings, pumpkins and bursts of orange color

Biden pretended to be spooked by one tyke in a truly terrifying outfit - dressed as Michael Myers from the Halloween film series

Biden pretended to be spooked by one tyke in a truly terrifying outfit - dressed as Michael Myers from the Halloween film series

Biden pretended to be spooked by one tyke in a truly terrifying outfit – dressed as Michael Myers from the Halloween film series

Others elected more colorful costumes, with multiple children dressing up as birds with feathers

Others elected more colorful costumes, with multiple children dressing up as birds with feathers

Others elected more colorful costumes, with multiple children dressing up as birds with feathers

Among the candy being handed out were Hershey's Kisses with custom White House labels

Among the candy being handed out were Hershey's Kisses with custom White House labels

Among the candy being handed out were Hershey’s Kisses with custom White House labels

The president appeared at ease as he mingled with children and their parents for over an hour - while Democratic candidates across the country nervously watch the clock tick down until the midterms

The president appeared at ease as he mingled with children and their parents for over an hour - while Democratic candidates across the country nervously watch the clock tick down until the midterms

The president appeared at ease as he mingled with children and their parents for over an hour – while Democratic candidates across the country nervously watch the clock tick down until the midterms

One of the Bidens' grandchildren, Naomi, was also briefly seen handing out candy at the event alongside her grandparents

One of the Bidens' grandchildren, Naomi, was also briefly seen handing out candy at the event alongside her grandparents

One of the Bidens’ grandchildren, Naomi, was also briefly seen handing out candy at the event alongside her grandparents 

The president also stopped to pose for selfies with some attendees who had waited in a long line to come meet him

The president also stopped to pose for selfies with some attendees who had waited in a long line to come meet him

The president also stopped to pose for selfies with some attendees who had waited in a long line to come meet him

Dr. Biden was generous with her candy basket, at times allowing children to reach back in for a second helping

Dr. Biden was generous with her candy basket, at times allowing children to reach back in for a second helping

Dr. Biden was generous with her candy basket, at times allowing children to reach back in for a second helping

In the background, the President's Own Marine Corps Band played spooky tunes and cinematic tracks such as the Game of Thrones theme song, the main song of Sweeney Todd, and music from Ghostbusters and Phantom of the Opera

In the background, the President's Own Marine Corps Band played spooky tunes and cinematic tracks such as the Game of Thrones theme song, the main song of Sweeney Todd, and music from Ghostbusters and Phantom of the Opera

In the background, the President’s Own Marine Corps Band played spooky tunes and cinematic tracks such as the Game of Thrones theme song, the main song of Sweeney Todd, and music from Ghostbusters and Phantom of the Opera

 Of the 14 states with some of the most competitive Senate and governor races, based on ratings from the Cook Political Report, Biden has visited six since Sept. 1, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

Biden hasn’t been to Arizona, Nevada or Georgia – three states that helped put in the White House – nor is he expected to.

He’s also not making an additional stops in Wisconsin or Michigan – two other states that helped him get elected president.

But no election worries were apparent on Monday night. Biden did show some fear – but he was pretending to be scared of a small boy dressed as Michael Myers from the Halloween movies.

The president also pretended to be spooked by a child dressed up as the Phantom of the Opera, pretending that he was shaking with fear while giving the boy his candy. 

He kissed a baby on the forehead and saluted an astronaut. The president, who is a staunch Catholic, made the sign of a cross at a boy in a monk costume.

The Bidens handed out Hershey Kisses in a box with the presidential signature and fun-size candy bars.

Biden's

Biden's

Biden’s  

They stood on the South Lawn. The White House was decorated for Halloween with autumnal foliage and fall colors, and a silhouetted neighborhood of homes and community buildings will illuminate the South Portico. Black cat cut outs appeared around the houses. Pumpkins were stacked up along the stairs.

Some administration officials made their way through the line: Secretary of State Tony Blinken, whose kids wore suits, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, whose kids were dressed as Spiderman and the Ghost Spider from Into the Spiderverse, were there. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre brought her young daughter to the festivities.

Several Cabinet departments and agencies also took part in the event, including the Education and Transportation departments, along with NASA, the U.S. Secret Service, the Peace Corps, the White House Fire Brigade and the White House Military Office.

At least one member of Congress was also present – California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna appeared to forego a costume, but his wife was dressed as a donut and his children as accompanying sweets. 

Monday marked the first time the Bidens’ hosted trick-or-treaters at the White House for Halloween. Last year, they were on an official trip to Europe for the holiday and, instead, had the White House lit up in orange.

Halloween has been celebrated at the White House since the mid-20th century, according to the White House Historical Association.

Mamie Eisenhower decorated the White House for Halloween for the first time in 1958.

Since then there has typically been some type of Halloween celebration at the White House.

Source: Dailymail

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