October 30th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Letters to the President #1014: 'Halloween preps'

Reporter's Note: I write to the president all the time. I mean every single day. And you thought Friday the 13th was scary!

Dear Mr. President,

I think I have asked you this before, but since you never respond I have no idea what your answer would have been: Do you ever help decorate the White House for holidays, and whether you do or not, how come we never seen any Halloween decorations?

At our home, I can’t imagine ever letting the end of October pass without a suitable display of ghoulery and gobblinery outside. We just love the buzz of unexpected fear rippling through the air.

One of our favorite purchases of recent years is a life-size mummy that has light-up eyes, and sort of screams when you get near it. Usually sometime around October 5th or 6th, one of us will drag it out of the attic unannounced and hide it somewhere in the house. Sooner or later, another family member will roam up on it and fill the air with shrieks.

It is effective because it is just so darn big it always seems like an actual person standing there. The noise and moving eyeballs just heighten the illusion.

Our mummy friend has shown up in virtually every room. Sometimes he is hiding in a closet when you reach for a shirt, or hovering at the top of the stairs as we trudge up to bed. He’s been known to pop up in someone’s bathroom overnight so that the new day begins with a jumpstart to the heart. Most recently, he was even found reclining in a bed in the dim light, looking for all the world like some wayward lunatic.

Anyway, you could have a lot of fun with something like that around the White House. Just imagine the amusement. Lights out. A big howl from the West Wing, followed by wild giggling, and the Secret Service guys chuckling in the guard house. “Looks like the president is up to his old tricks!”

If you get a moment, call this afternoon. I’ll give you the low down on the Marine Corps Marathon this morning.


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