Trick or treaters to hit streets Oct. 31

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Halloween trick-or-treating on Kadena this year is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. (U.S. Air Force graphic art/Naoko Shimoji)
Halloween trick-or-treating on Kadena this year is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. (U.S. Air Force graphic art/Naoko Shimoji)

Trick or treaters to hit streets Oct. 31

by: Staff Sgt. Laszlo Babocsi | .
18th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: October 21, 2012

KADENA AIR BASE - After two weeks of inspector general teams scouring the base for items of interest, two other teams will take to the streets on Oct. 31.

Children will be set loose on base housing from 6 to 8 p.m.to trick-or-treat in search of the ever illusive candy.

Children from the local community are also invited; however they must be escorted by a Status of Forces Agreement member unless they are authorized access to the base as a condition of employment.

18th Security Forces Squadron officials encourage the use of the Gate 1 and 2 visitor centers since they will have additional personnel on staff to process visitor passes.

Passes will be issued on Oct. 31, between the hours of 4-6 p.m. A special exception is being offered for the event to increase the number of escorted guests to 10 per SOFA status person.

Here are a few more rules that must be abided by:
- All guests must stay with their sponsor for the duration of their visit
- All guests age 11 and older must present one of the following forms of identification to gain access with their sponsor:

1. Valid Japanese Government issued photo ID card
2. Japanese Government Health Insurance Card without photo
3. Welfare Pension Insurance Card without photo
4. School ID card with photo
5. Company ID card with photo and company HAN stamp
6. Foreign country certification of alien registration card

The vigilant pumpkin patrol, comprised of at least 50 volunteer Airman from around the base, will also keep an eye out for safety issues and hazards that might come across the children as they trick-or-treat.

People can register to be a part of the pumpkin patrol until Oct. 29 by contacting Senior Master Sgt. Natalie Lucas via email at Natalie.lucas@us.af.mil.

"The pumpkin patrol is vital to the success of this event," said Lucas, pumpkin patrol's organizer. "Without their support, many would not have the opportunity to experience this holiday."

To ensure everyone has a safe trick-or-treating experience this year, the 18th Security Forces Squadron and the 18th Wing Safety Office have several suggestions for parents and base personnel.

- Drivers are warned that the speed limit in base housing areas will slow down to 15 kph to accommodate trick-or-treating hours. Security forces personnel will patrol base housing in vehicles and on foot to ensure safety.

- Parents should ensure children travel in familiar areas, carry light-colored bags and flashlights or glow sticks, and visit well-lit homes or apartment buildings.

- Parents of children age 12 and older should plan a designated route and establish a return time.

- Children under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible young adult.

- We also recommend parents consider pinning a slip of paper with the child's name, address, and phone number inside a pocket in case the child gets separated from the group.

- Children and parents are reminded to think about safety when selecting costume accessories. Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or other flexible materials.

- The 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, AMC Passenger Terminal, Bldg. 3409, will provide free X-ray screening of all Halloween candy from 7-9:30 p.m. The AMC Passenger Terminal performs this courtesy service to ensure Halloween candy does not contain any contraband.