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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on Oct. 22. Photo: Leigh Vogel/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will not be at the White House on Halloween to hand out candy to trick or treaters this year, according to Michael LaRosa, the first lady's press secretary.

Driving the news: The Bidens will be in Rome for the G20 summit, which takes place Oct. 30-31.

  • "The president and first lady will be traveling internationally during the last days of October, and will not be hosting a specific event at the White House," LaRosa tweeted.
  • The first family encourages families and children to celebrate Halloween with trick or treating outdoors or at other outdoor events, LaRosa added.

What to watch: The Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House will be lit up in orange to celebrate Halloween in the first family's absence.

Go deeper: Trick or treating safe for kids this year, Fauci says.

Go deeper

Oct 29, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Your Halloweekend Guide in Tampa Bay

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

If overpriced Halloween parties scare you, have no fear. There's so many free or cheap ways to celebrate around Tampa Bay this weekend.

Axios Nashville's Halloweekend picks

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

If you're looking for something spooky (or not-so-spooky) to do this weekend, the folks at Nashville Guru compiled a lengthy list of Halloween events.

Oct 29, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines' pandemic Halloween guidance, then and now

Nola Aigner Davis with the Polk County Health Department at an Oct. 29, 2020 press conference. Screenshot via city of Des Moines video

Just a year ago, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and local health officials held a press conference urging families to avoid Beggars' Night festivities during the pandemic or, at the very least, abide by some general guidelines:

  • No-treat handling. The goods were to be left on a table or delivered with no hand-to-hand contact.
  • Only trick or treat with people in your own household.
  • Sanitize candy with a wipe and refuse all non-wrapped goods.