The Obamas Get Down to ‘Thrilller’ for Halloween

"You guys all look... scary or cool or whatever you're trying to be."

By Hayden Wright

Like every holiday, Halloween calls for pomp and circumstance at the White House. The president and First Lady hosted local Washington, D.C. kids for a celebration yesterday, and somebody controlling the playlist chose a time-tested crowd pleaser: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

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While POTUS and FLOTUS didn’t grace the nation with a full version of the video choreography, they busted a few moves onstage that vaguely resembled Jackson’s dance from the clip. A few arm gestures and you’ve got it down, really.

“It’s great to see you guys,” Obama announced. “We hope you have a great time today. You guys all look… scary or cool or whatever you’re trying to be… awesome. You look awesome. And we hope you have a great time.”

The president also offered some words of encouragement to troublemakers everywhere:

“And, in fact, the more candy, the later you eat the candy the better,” he said with a smile. “Because I think that you being up all night with a sugar rush is exactly what they’re looking for.”

Watch footage from the festivities here:

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