Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decided to turn Monday evening’s White House Halloween party into a teachable moment, dressing up as the lead character from a discontinued Public Broadcasting Service cartoon series.
Many members of the Trump administration attended the party hosted by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania but didn’t dress up. DeVos from the Grand Rapids area reportedly was one of the exceptions.
The advocate of private schools and alternative charter academies dressed up as Ms. Frizzle, a public school bus driver on the “Magic School Bus” series who would turn her bus into a spaceship or an alligator or whatever was visually required to drive home that week’s educational lesson.
DeVos wore a flaming orange wig and ornate planet-filled black skirt.
The series ended 20 years ago, but Netflix overhauled and revived the series this year with “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon as the voice of Ms. Frizzle’s sister Fiona. McKinnon has played DeVos in “Saturday Night Live” skits.
The Ms. Frizzle costume consumed White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, who was photographed pointing out DeVos to other party goers.
But a pool reporter said a more ghoulish costume was worn by Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who wore a knife-through-the-head headband.
As part of the celebration, the president and his wife handed out candy to children dressed up in costumes.