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White House cancels annual Halloween celebration

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 5:19pm  ET

By STACY A. ANDERSON
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's no trick-or-treating at the White House this Halloween.

After three straight years of passing out goodies to area students and military children in the White House driveway rain or shine, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, broke their Halloween tradition this year because of superstorm Sandy that walloped the East Coast earlier this week.

The White House says hundreds of treat bags each containing White House M&Ms, an orange-frosted, pumpkin-shaped sugar cookie, jelly beans and some dried fruit will be delivered to the White House Military Office and to school districts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia that would have participated in the celebration.

Pumpkins used to decorate the White House for the fright fest will be donated to area shelters.


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