Baker Family Goes Trick Or Treating At White House

SPOKANE - You probably met some pretty adorable ghosts and goblins on Halloween but one North Idaho family got the rare opportunity to trick or treat at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

10-year-old Vernon Pawlik, the step-grandson of WWII Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker, was invited to the White House?s annual Halloween party as sort of an apology for a gaffe early this summer.

Pawlik was in Washington, DC with his mom and grandmother when his Vernon Baker was buried at Arlington Cemetery. During a visit to the White House after the ceremony they were turned away from a tour because Pawlik was not dress appropriately.

After a dust-up over the incident the White House invited the family back for the Halloween party along with about 100 other kids.

Saying he was excited to meet the president, Vernon Pawlik dressed up as a knight for this White House visit and went up to the door to trick or treat to President Barack Obama and got to shake the president?s hand.

The Baker family got help from their trip from donations that came in after Vernon Baker died. They also received assistance from Congressman Walt Minnick; one of his staffers gave up her apartment in Washington, DC to give the family a place to stay while they were in town.