President  |  Vice President  |  First Lady  |  Mrs. Cheney  |  News & Policies 
History & ToursKids  |  Your Government  |  Appointments  |  JobsContactGraphic version

Email Updates  |  Español  |  Accessibility  |  Search  |  Privacy Policy  |  Help

Ghosts of the White House

The White House pets, India, Miss Beazley and Barney, get ready for a Boo-tiful Halloween Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, as they sit for photos on the South Lawn of the White House. Being very patient, from left, are India, as the wizard; Miss Beazley, as a strawberry, and Barney, as a cowboy. White House photo by Shealah Craighead

Americans have long enjoyed telling ghost stories. From the ghost of Abigail Adams doing her laundry in the East Room to the spirit of Dolley Madison overlooking the Rose Garden, the White House has its own legend of ghost stories that have been passed down over the years.

Members of the staff, who have worked in the White House for many years, recently shared some of their stories of strange noises in the White House, sightings of President Abraham Lincoln's ghost and a Halloween prank by President Carter's daughter.

Vice President Dick Cheney's Labrador retrievers Jackson, left, and Dave, right, prepare for Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, as they sit for a photograph at the Vice President's Residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Jackson is dressed as Darth Vader, Dave is dressed as Superman. White House photo by David Bohrer

Play the Jig Saw Puzzle


Click here and play the Barney Jig Saw Puzzle.



Click here and play the Fall Jig Saw Puzzle.


October 31, 2003
Former Chief Usher Gary Walters discussed White House ghost stories

I Hung Out With President Lincoln

Doors Suddenly Closing

Bumps in the Night

Lincoln Bedroom

A Halloween Prank

In Focus

More Issues more issues

More News more news

Major Speeches


Your Government

  |   More Offices