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Monsters in the White House: The Best Presidential Halloween Costumes

Monsters in the White House: The Best Presidential Halloween Costumes

While the commercialization of Halloween began in the United States in the 1900s, it wasn’t until first lady Mamie Eisenhower that witches, goblins, broomsticks, and jack-o’-lanterns made their way into the White House. Since the Eisenhower days, every president has hosted a Halloween celebration. Even vice presidents, first dogs, and White House staff have joined in on the fun.

Patricia Nixon, wife of then-Vice President Richard Nixon, with her daughters 8-year-old Patricia and 6-year-old Julia on Halloween, 1954. Mrs. Nixon made the costumes herself.

President Kennedy enjoys a laugh with his children Caroline and John Jr. dressed in Halloween costumes, 1963.

Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Nixon, greets guests coming to trick-or-treat at the White House, 1969. The Nixon’s hosted a Halloween party for underprivileged children in the Washington area.

First lady Betty Ford and her secretary dress up a skeleton for Halloween in the President’s chair in his private study, 1974.

President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton dressed as James and Dolley Madison at Hillary’s Halloween costume birthday party at the White House, 1993.

Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore pose for a photo in their elaborate Beauty and the Beast inspired costumes, 1995.

Four years later, the Gore’s again wowed the White House with their renditions of cartoon characters “Underdog” and “Polly Purebred.”

Even the White House pets join the festivities. Here India, Miss Beazley and Barney, the pets of George W. Bush, sit for photos on the White House lawn in their Halloween costumes, 2007.

Vice President Dick Cheney’s Labrador retrievers also dressed up that year. Jackson dressed as Darth Vader, and Dave as Superman.

First lady Michelle Obama greets trick-or-treaters at the Obama’s first Halloween at the White House, 2009. They celebrated by inviting students and military families over for some Halloween fun.

The White House is seen covered in Halloween decorations on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out treats to children from the Washington, D.C. area and from military families.

READ MORE: Halloween Costumes Through the Decades: Photos

15 Offensive Halloween Costumes That Shouldn't Exist

If you're the only one in on the joke, then it's probably not very funny.

As a former theater kid, I get excited about just about every aspect of Halloween. Dressing up in elaborate Halloween costumes, eating so much candy that I get a sugar headache later, carving a pumpkin after making my partner scoop out the guts out for me &mdash what's not to like? This year in particular, a lot of us will probably go even bigger to make up for missing Halloween parties last year. But as we all start mood-boarding our Halloween creations, consider this your annual reminder to make sure the sartorial tribute you've got in mind won't impede anyone else's celebration. Every year, at least a handful of people (celebrities included) come up with cringe-worthy, harmful and offensive Halloween costumes that ruin everyone's good time. And it can happen where you least expect it.

Events like mass shootings, natural disasters, COVID-19 and movements like #MeToo should never be used as inspiration for Halloween outfits. Even if you don't personally find these concepts painful, the choice to make light of them reminds countless others of trauma they've endured. Additionally, nationalities and subcultures you don't belong to aren't a costume they're ways of life that deserve respect. We've rounded up some examples of inappropriate Halloween costumes you should avoid this year (and every year). Instead, choose an outfit that's fun, lighthearted or scary in a way that won't make someone relive a traumatic event &ndash and don't forget to eat your weight in candy.

Halloween and Halloween II

Original Michael Myers mask

Michael obtains the mask as just one of many items stolen from Nichol's Hardware Store the night of his escape from Smith's Grove Sanitarium. The mask was later destroyed in the fire at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital.

In Halloween II (1981), Michael wears the same mask from the first Halloween, but it looks different in the sequel because the paint had faded for various reasons. First, Nick Castle, the original Michael, had kept the mask in his back pocket during shoots. Also, Debra Hill stored the mask under her bed for several years until the filming of Halloween II, causing it to collect dust and yellow because Hill was a heavy smoker. The mask appears to have red hair (having apparently been spray-painted again) and also seems wider because Dick Warlock is shorter and stockier than Nick Castle, so the mask fit his head differently. Warlock claims that because the producers expected Halloween II to be the last film in the series, they let him keep the costume.

However, by the time of Halloween 4's production, they realized that they made a mistake and never again let cast and crew take props from the set, therefore subsequent sequels used different masks that looked rather different. Warlock sold the deteriorating mask, knife, scalpel, boots, and jumpsuit he wore in Halloween II to a haunted house owner in Ohio in 2003.


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Halloween, contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day. The celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints and initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days and concludes with All Souls’ Day. In much of Europe and most of North America, observance of Halloween is largely nonreligious.

What is Halloween?

Halloween is a holiday that marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints, or All Hallows, and initiates the season of Allhallowtide. In much of Europe and North America, celebration of Halloween is largely nonreligious.

When is Halloween?

Halloween is celebrated on October 31.

Where did Halloween come from?

Halloween may have developed partially from the pre-Christian holiday Samhain, which was celebrated in early medieval Ireland around November 1 as the beginning of a new year. However, it seems to have developed mostly from Christian feasts of the dead from later in the Middle Ages, including All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2. By the 9th century, October 31 was being celebrated as All Hallows’ Eve, later contracted to Halloween, throughout Western Christendom.

How is Halloween celebrated?

Halloween is celebrated with pranks, parties, costumes, and trick-or-treating.

How did Halloween become popular in the United States?

European immigrants to the United States in the 19th century brought Halloween customs with them and helped popularize the holiday. By the 20th century Halloween had become one of the principal holidays in the United States, especially among children.

Would moving Halloween to a Saturday make the holiday safer for children?

Some would like to see Halloween held on a Saturday for safety reasons. Others, however, point out that the U.S. federal government does not have the ability to make such a change because Halloween is not a federal holiday. Learn more at ProCon.org.

Halloween had its origins in the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. On the day corresponding to November 1 on contemporary calendars, the new year was believed to begin. That date was considered the beginning of the winter period, the date on which the herds were returned from pasture and land tenures were renewed. During the Samhain festival the souls of those who had died were believed to return to visit their homes, and those who had died during the year were believed to journey to the otherworld. People set bonfires on hilltops for relighting their hearth fires for the winter and to frighten away evil spirits, and they sometimes wore masks and other disguises to avoid being recognized by the ghosts thought to be present. It was in those ways that beings such as witches, hobgoblins, fairies, and demons came to be associated with the day. The period was also thought to be favourable for divination on matters such as marriage, health, and death. When the Romans conquered the Celts in the 1st century ce , they added their own festivals of Feralia, commemorating the passing of the dead, and of Pomona, the goddess of the harvest.

14 Terrifying Japanese Monsters, Myths and Spirits

The Japanese are very much into their spirits. There are hundreds of them, many harmless, many tragic, and more than a few just mischievous. There actually aren't too many evil spirits wandering the country… but there are a few, and you don't want to mess with any of them. Here are 14 reasons to avoid Japanese relationships, Japanese bathrooms, Japanese babies and pretty much the entirety of Japan.

1) Kamaitachi

Kamaitachi, literally means "sickle weasel." There are three of them, sometimes brothers, sometimes triplets, who go around cutting off people's legs. The first weasel knocks someone down, the second cuts off the legs, and the third sews up the wounds. They move so fast basically people blink and then suddenly realize they no longer have legs. Admittedly, the fact that one of the weasels takes the time to patch people up before absconding with their limbs helps. But, if the idea that you could suddenly discover that weasels have stolen your legs doesn't scare you, then you're a better man than I.

The Joro-gumo is a spider-woman, but she's not a member of the Avengers with a needlessly complicated backstory. She's a giant spider, with the ability to take the form of a beautiful lady (sometimes the top half is human, and her lower torso is that of a spider) who seduces men, wraps them up in her webs, poisons them, and eats them. One variation of the Joro-gumo myth says that sometimes she appears as a woman holding a baby, who asks men passing by to hold it. When they do, they are someone surprised to discover the "baby" is made up of thousands of spider-eggs, which burst open.

3) Teke Teke

Teke Teke is more of an urban legend than a regular myth, as it's reasonably new. She's the spirit of a girl who tripped on some train tracks and was cut in half by an oncoming train. Now she crawls around looking for other people to share her fate, which she facilitates by cutting them in half with a scythe. There's a variant of the Teke Teke myth about a girl named Reiko Kashima, who was also cut in half by a train now she wanders bathroom stalls and asks people on the toilet if they know where her legs are. If people don't answer with "The Meishin Railway," she cuts off their legs, which is bad at the best of times, let alone when you're trying to poop.

4) Gashadokuro

This spirit is pretty simple — it's a giant skeleton made of of the bones of people who have died from starvation. They wander around, grab you, and bite your head off, drink your blood, and add your skeleton to the pile.

5) Katakirauwa

The ghosts of baby pigs which 1) have one ear 2) cast no shadow and 3) steal your fucking soul if they manage to run between your legs. I think Iɽ rather be chased by the giant mass skeleton that a bunch of tiny squealing dead baby pigs, thank you.

6) Aka Manto

Another one of the many, many Japanese ghosts that murder people while they're trying to take a shit, Aka Manto approaches people in bathroom stalls and asks them a simple, if perplexing question: "Would you like red paper or blue paper?" If you say red, your flesh is sliced into ribbons until you're effectively red. If you choose blue, you're strangled to death. If you pick any other color, you're dragged to hell. There's a variant who asks if you want a red or blue cape instead of paper choose red and the skin is flayed off your back, choose blue and all the blood is drained from your body. The point is never go to the bathroom in Japan.

7) Tsuchigumo

Greek mythology is known for its variety of mixed-up monsters — e.g. the manticore, which has a lion's body, bat wings, and a human head — but they have nothing on Japan. Meet the Tsuchigumo, creatures with the body of a tiger, limbs of a spider, and the face of a demon. They eat unwary travelers (actually, they eat wary ones as well, I'm sure). Once a powerful Japanese warrior killed a Tsuchigumo and 1,990 skulls fell out of his belly. That's a monster who is frighteningly good at his job.

Childbirth seems difficult enough before you bring in the possibility that you may give birth to some kind of demon/monster/thing. In Japan, these are called Sankei, and the worst of them is the Kekkai. Basically, instead of giving birth to a baby, a lady gives birth to a lump of flesh and blood and hair, when immediately runs off, straight out of the vagina, and tries to burrow underneath its mother's home in order to murder her later. No wonder Japan's birth rate is declining.

9) Oshiroibaba

One of the many, many horrible demon women that apparently wander around the nation unfettered, Oshirobaba is an old crone that goes around asking girls if theyɽ like to try some of her face powder, like the world's creepiest Avon lady. Taking make-up from strangers is bad idea in general, and taking it from old ladies is even dumber, because the Oshirobaba's powder makes your face fall off.

10) Ittan-Momen

The Ittan-Momen doesn't sound particularly scary it's basically a sentient roll of cotton that just flies around in the wind at night, wandering around. But the Ittan-Momen is also a sadistic asshole, because if it sees you, it will either wraps itself around your neck and choke you to death, or wrap itself around your head and suffocate you. Again, the idea that you can be walking back from the convenience store and suddenly get murdered by a large piece of cloths is deeply disconcerting to me.

Imagine a shark. Now imagine a shark whose fins were like a cheese grater, except instead of cheese they grated your flesh. That's the Isonade, who use their teeth and fins to both fillet you and then drag you down to the ocean floor, if you're unlucky enough to meet one in the water.

12) Bake-Kujira

Japan may still get in trouble for whaling, but rest assured the country knows its wrong. Because when a whale is killed it could come back as a Bake-Kujira — an animated whale skeleton that surfaces much like it did in life. While spotting a living whale is considered very lucky, just one look at a Bake0Kujira is enough to give you and your village plague, famine, fire, and/or many other disasters.

The short, humanoid demons are tiny, belligerent, and bad news. If you see one, you will die — and they are more than happy for you to see them. They don't try and hide, they wander as they want. And they'll eat all the eggplants in your garden, and trample your field just to be assholes. About the only thing you can do to avoid accidentally seeing a Hyosube is leave some eggplants out for them willingly, and even that's a 50/50 shot at best. Oh, and sometime Hyosube will use your bathtub, leaving behind a huge amount of dirt, hair and scum. If you throw out the bathtub water, the Hyosube will fucking kill you. Just buy a new tub.

14) Kuchisake-Onna

Another more modern monster, the Kuchisake-Onna is a woman who wears a medical mask and asks kids if she's pretty. She is, so kids say yes. That's when she removes her mask and reveals that her mouth has been slit open on both sides, Joker-style. At this point, she asks if the child thinks she's pretty now. If the child says no, she cuts the kid in half. If the child says yes, she slits his/her mouth exactly like hers. What's more terrifying about the Kuchisake-Onna is that there was a genuinely big scare in Japan in the 1970s that she was wandering about, to the point where teachers personally were escorting children home from school.

Halloween Costumes

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In fact, no matter the holiday or event, we stock the unique and hard to find costumes, props and decorations in styles and sizes no one else has.

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Looking for Costume Ideas? If you're having a difficult time deciding what you want to be for Halloween - or anytime of year - check out our HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS section where we have assembled more than 300 costume ideas segmented into 15 different categories to help with your search. Of course you'll also find the latest costumes from your favorite movies. If you're interested in making your own DIY Halloween costume, we can help there too! Our collection of over 60 DIY How-To-Videos are a wealth of knowledge to help you make the most of your Halloween costume this year.

Halloween Costume Resources. When it comes to favorite holidays, many folks say Halloween is high up on their list. Over 67% of Americans celebrate Halloween, whether it is by trick-or-treating or going to a costume party. The fact is Halloween has become a holiday that is no longer considered just for kids to enjoy. Of course finding that perfect costume or even deciding what you want to dress up as for Halloween can be an agonizing decision for some. And then once you do decide, no one wants to be wearing the same costume as everyone else. Most people want to be unique - to stand out from the rest. Even if you're dressing up for an event other than Halloween - whether it be Santa Claus for a Christmas event, Mardi Gras, St. Patricks Day or even Uncle Sam for a Fourth of July Event - finding ways to make your costume different can be challenging. The same holds true for decorating your home for Halloween or throwing a Halloween party. There's so many options it's overwhelming. Where do you start? Never fear! We're here to help. Our Halloween Costume Resource Center contains one of the most exhaustive lists of helpful and informative costuming and decorating tips, tricks and resources you'll find anywhere. In addition to over 50 How-To videos that walk you through step-by-step, the process to create a unique costume look that will set you apart from everyone else. We've also provided links to nearly 100 articles and video resources to assist you with everything from decorating your home for Halloween, choosing the right pumpkin to carve, understanding the differences in fog machines, how to care for latex masks and even some popular recipes sure to be a hit at your next Halloween party. And we're adding more material all the time.

Customer Service When it Matters. Nowadays you can buy a Halloween costume pretty much anywhere. The online world is filled with pop-up stores and one-off sellers who only sell costumes in October and then disappear. Or, in addition to selling Halloween merchandise they also sell cell phones, copiers and staplers. At Halloween Express, selling Halloween costumes is our core business. It's what we do and we do it year round! In fact we've been doing it since 1990. You might say we're experts at all things Halloween. If you have a question about an item you see on our website or have a request, our team of Halloween specialists are here to help. You can reach us by phone, email or even Live Chat. During the Halloween season we're open 7 days a week to assist you. You can place your order here online or you can give us a call. Our call center is staffed by knowledgeable personnel who know what they're talking about. And if we can't answer your question, we'll follow-up. After the sale we want you to be satisfied with your purchase. We understand problems occasionally occur with orders and deliveries. We also understand that sometimes customers change their mind. Our commitment is to provide the best, hassle-free resolution we can. Simply put, if you purchase an item online on this website and are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return the item to us within 30 days for a refund. While we have a liberal return policy, there are some limitations so we encourage customers to make sure they review the details of our return policy here on our site.

With almost 10,000 Halloween products, prepare for this year's Halloween party with decorations and Halloween party supplies from Oriental Trading. Whether you're hosting your own party or going as a guest, you'll find the best selection of Halloween costumes for kids and adults, trick or treat bags, Halloween candy and much more.

Halloween yard decor is always fun and may even give you haunted house ideas! We've got lots of kid-friendly yard decor, including LED lighted bats and ghosts, and airblown monsters. But there are plenty of scary yard decorations too, like the zombies that are bursting out of the ground, huge bats that look like they're ready to swoop down, large spiders that are ready to pounce on their unsuspecting prey and so many other Halloween props and accessories that will help set a scary tone for your Halloween!

But the best part of Halloween is dressing up, so we've got a selection of Halloween costumes that you won't believe! From cute and cuddly baby costumes and toddler costumes to superhero boys costumes and princess girls costumes. Our Halloween store has hundreds of adult costumes, including plus size Halloween costume selections. Halloween is Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Blair House - The President's Guest House

Furnished with fine antique furniture, objects and art, Blair House is carefully curated to portray the history, values, and hospitality of the nation. The home is maintained by the U.S. Department of State and the General Services Administration. Interior décor, furnishings and heritage collections are supported through financial and in-kind contributions to the Blair House Restoration Fund.

Built as a private home in 1824, Blair House has played an important role in nearly 190 years of American political, diplomatic and cultural history&mdashfrom Andrew Jackson&rsquos &ldquoKitchen Cabinet,&rdquo to private chats with Abraham Lincoln, to Harry S. Truman&rsquos crucial leadership as World War II ended and the Cold War began. Now, as then, U.S. Presidents continue to rely on Blair House as a significant foreign policy tool.

Located across from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, Blair House has served as the President&rsquos Guest House since its purchase by the U.S. government in World War II. Under the stewardship of the Department of State, it welcomes visiting heads of state, ambassadors, and other notables in gracious, secure surroundings in the heart of the nation&rsquos capital.

We invite you to visit Blair House through the pages of this book and experience --through its photos and text -- America's welcome and hospitality that is extended to world leaders and to all who pass through its doors. We hope you will discover why this historic residence remains one of our nation's most treasured assets. Click on the following link for the book: Book


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Our silicone masks are not like the low quality latex masks that you will find at your local Halloween store. Instead, our masks will fit like a second skin, forming to your face, and giving you the ability to show facial expressions and mouth movement while wearing it. You can eat, drink, talk, and smoke while wearing one of our masks.

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Other Creepy Halloween Pictures

73) Vintage Snakes Etching. This vintage engraving was scanned from the newest addition to my collection – an 1838 German book about amphibians! The creepy, but cool, black and white drawing shows two curly scaly snakes. They look quite menacing with their fangs and tongues showing. Included is a black and white version, as well as the original creamy paper version.

74) Creepy Bird Image. This vintage bird (possibly a vulture) circa 1878 is in the process of eating his prey, and looks to be pulling apart the animal with his beak….not for the faint at heart! The bird is mainly white, with tan wings with dark brown tips, and interesting yellow accent feathers on his face.

75) Earth Worm Image. This worm isn’t the most attractive, but the old image shows a full color worm in shades of pink and black with fine detail. He would be perfect for your scarier projects this fall.

76) Lizard Engraving. This scaly detailed lizard image came from an 1838 German book. The black an white drawing shows a lizard with a curled tail. I’ve included the original scan on cream paper, as well as a white background version.

77) Creepy Bat Skeletons. These super-creepy looking bat skeletons come from an early natural history book. One image is a bat skeleton diagram with outstretched wings, so you can view all of the bones in his wings. The second graphic shows a vampire bat skeleton in side view, in what looks to be a walking, or ready to fly, pose.

78) Leafless Trees. These trees have lost all of their leaves and are getting ready for winter. The dark lines give them a spooky look, perfect for Halloween projects. I’ve included two images, one with three trees and a second image with a single tree with tons of twisting branches.

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