Spotlight: Tricia Nixon’s 1969 Halloween Party

On October 31, 1969, approximately 250 children arrived at the White House for a Halloween Party that was hosted by First Daughter Tricia Nixon. According to the Nixon Foundation:

Each room of the state floor held surprises for the guests. In the Green Room, there was a tarot card reader…In the Blue Room were large cardboard cut-outs of a pumpkin, witch, and skeleton….In the East Room, there were orange and white helium balloons bumping up against the stately ceiling, while a clown twisted other balloons into animals for the kids…there was a go-go girl puppet dancing in a marionette show staged by the Smithsonian Puppeteers…[and] Three magicians performed tricks continuously…”

Halloween in the Nixon White House, written by Carl Sferrazza Anthony

In attendance at the party was actor Jonathan Frid, who played vampire Barnabas Collins on the popular television series Dark Shadows. Tricia Nixon, White House staff, and members of the Press also appeared in costume.

In celebration of the spooky season, the Still Picture Branch presents photographs from Tricia Nixon’s 1969 Halloween Party. The following photographs are part of 306-SSA: Photographs from Staff and Stringer Photographic Assignments Relating to U.S. Political Events and Social, Cultural, and Economic Life. Additional records pertaining to the party may be held at the Nixon Presidential Library.

Tricia Nixon in costume and greeting guests at the White House Halloween party. Date: October 31, 1969. Top left local photo ID: 306-SSA-69-6-27-33A. Bottom left local photo ID: 306-SSA-69-6-28-11. Right local photo ID: 306-SSA-69-6-29-33

Actor Jonathan Frid, in costume as Barnabas Collins. Date: October 31, 1969. Local photo ID: 306-SSA-69-6-26-7

Left to right: Actor Jonathan Frid, First Daughter Tricia Nixon, and White House staff dressed as witches. Date: October 31, 1969. Local photo ID: 306-SSA-69-6-26-11

Children in attendance at the White House Halloween party. Date: October 31, 1969.

White House staff with guests. Date: October 31, 1969. Local photo IDs (left to right): 306-SSA-69-6-28-6; 306-SSA-69-6-29-2A; 306-SSA-69-6-29-17A; and 306-SSA-69-6-26-25

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