Trick-or-treaters to hit streets Oct. 31
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Children will be trick-or-treating through base housing from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
In addition to base residents, Kadena Air Base will also host at least 200 local community members for the festivities. They will be bused onto the base and dropped off in three groups to go trick-or-treating in the Jennings, Sterley Heights, and Washington Heights housing areas.
Children from the local community must be escorted by a Status of Forces Agreement member unless they are authorized base access 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 Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gate 1 and Gate 2. Additionally, special exception is being offered for the event to increase the number of escorted guests to 10 per SOFA status person.
However, personnel must abide by the following rules when escorting individuals without prior base access:
- 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:
- Valid Japanese Government issued photo ID card
- Japanese Government Health Insurance Card without photo
- Welfare Pension Insurance Card without photo
- School ID card with photo
- Company ID card with photo and company HAN stamp
- Foreign country certification of alien registration card
Also during trick-or-treating, the Pumpkin Patrol, comprised of at least 50 volunteer Airmen from around the base, will keep an eye out for safety issues and hazards children may encounter as they gather candy. These volunteers will be wearing ABUs and reflective vests.
People can register to be a part of the pumpkin patrol until Oct. 29 by contacting Tech. Sgt. Roselyn Bourand at DSN 634-8704, or Master Sgt. Tony Bostic or Arnold Pamparo at DSN 634-5710.
To ensure everyone has a safe trick-or-treating experience this year, the 18th SFS and the 18th Wing Safety office have a few 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.
- Parents should 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.
There is a bin inside of the Kadena Exchange for candy donations. The collected candy will be passed out on Halloween night to the Kadena Airmen Housing areas.
The 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, Passenger Terminal will also provide free X-ray screenings of all Halloween candy from 7 to 8 p.m. as a courtesy service to ensure Halloween candy does not contain any contraband.