The Best White House Halloween Decor Through the Years

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Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images

The White House has always gone all out with Halloween decor during spooky season—especially under the guidance of presidents John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.

Below—and in the above video—House Beautiful has rounded up a list of the best Halloween design moments at the White House, ranging from giant jack-o-lanterns to stacked pumpkins. And if you’re still looking for Halloween decor inspiration for your own home, maybe take a cue from presidents of years past—and don’t forget to buy some candy for trick-or-treaters!

The Kennedy Years

Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton
Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton

President John F. Kennedy can be seen in the Oval Office with his two children, Caroline and John Jr., on Halloween in 1963.

The Carter Years

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The Carters had a giant jack-o-lantern display installed at the main entrance of the White House to welcome Halloween party guests in 1978.

The Reagan Years

Photo credit: Karl Schumacher
Photo credit: Karl Schumacher

President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan posed with a pumpkin that reads “Stay the Course,” the president’s slogan, during the 1982 midterm elections.

The George H.W. Bush Years

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First Lady Barbara Bush posed with costumed performers on Halloween in 1989.

The Clinton Years

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President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton dressed as President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison for a White House Halloween party in 1995.

The Obama Years

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Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski - Getty Images

The Obamas had no shortage of pumpkins on display at the White House for Halloween in 2011.

The Trump Years

Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet visitors at the White House during the Halloween season amidst a spooky backdrop that includes bevies of pumpkins and bare tree decorations.

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