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Think you can throw a good Halloween party? The Obamas might give you a run for your money. 

The White House prepares for its 2015 Halloween celebrations.  (Pete Souza Instagram)
A White House usher takes a model of one of the Obama dogs outside as Halloween decorations adorn the South Portico of the White House on Oct. 31, 2014, ahead of festivities for trick-or-treaters. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The White House is decorated for Halloween as local children and children of military families trick-or-treat at the South Portico in 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
An acrobat appears suspended over the Washington Monument as she warms up before Halloween festivities on the South Lawn of the White House in 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Halloween decorations of the Obama dogs, Sunny and Bo, are seen on the South Lawn of the White House in 2014, before the arrival of trick-or-treaters. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A performer dressed as a flame was part of the Halloween festivities by the South Portico in 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
An actress dressed as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North from "The Wizard of Oz," performs by the Rose Garden of the White House before President Obama greeted costumed children during Halloween festivities at the White House in 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Halloween decorations including of the Obama dogs, Bo and Sunny, are seen as acrobats on the South Lawn of the White House warm up in 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Halloween decorations on the South Portico in 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rubber bats "fly" over the Rose Garden in 2014, in preparation for Halloween at the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, along with her mother, Marian Robinson (far left), hand out Halloween treats as they welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat on the South Lawn on Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A member of the White House staff holds out an example of the Halloween treat being handed out by President Obama and Michelle Obama to local children and children of military families in 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A giant Halloween inflatable spider on a cobweb is part of the decorations hanging on the South Portico in 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Actors portraying the Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North are seen on the South Lawn of the White House in 2013, in preparation for trick-or-treaters. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Decorations are seen on the South Lawn in 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Actors portraying Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein on the South Lawn in 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The White House is bathed in orange light on Halloween night 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
This photo shows the South Portico decorated and lit for Halloween in 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Obama looks at Halloween decorations as he enters the South Portico in 2013.  (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
The Obamas hand out Halloween treats at the North Portico of the White House as they welcome children from the Washington area and military members and their families to trick-or-treat in 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Performers in their Halloween costumes play their musical instruments on the North Lawn during a Halloween celebration in 2009. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Performers on the North Lawn in 2009. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Volunteers carve pumpkins along the driveway of the North Portico of the White House in 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A volunteer decorates the North Portico in 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A White House pastry chef decorates Halloween cookies with chocolate icing spiders hanging from orange White Houses in the pastry kitchen of the White House on Oct. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Buck Condill of Arthur, Illinois walks on the North Lawn as it is decorated for Halloween celebrations in 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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