Halloween activities and safety tips

Halloween activities and safety tips

by Naoto Anazawa
18th Wing Public Affairs

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- It's that time of year again where children can turn into monsters or angels. Children will be trick-or-treating through base housing areas from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Kadena Air Base will also host approximately 400 local community members who have been pre-invited for the festivities in addition to base residents. Those pre-approved visitors will be meeting at Chibana Golf Course and be bused onto the base and dropped off to go trick-or-treating in the Clark Vista/Washington Heights, Rocker NCO Club, Ryukyu Middle School, Jennings, and Stearley Heights Elementary areas.

In addition to the 400 invited guests, this year Kadena encourages Master Labor Contract employees and their families to participate. Friends from the local communities are also permitted to come on base and trick-or-treat with an identified escort. There are two types of escorts each have guidelines that should be followed:

1. SOFA credentialed personnel 18 years or older can escort up to 5 locals onto the installation to trick-or-treat with their family without getting passes, but must remain with their guests. Any guests over the age 16 are required to obtain a visitors pass before 31 October. Guests may drive their vehicle onto base behind their escort, but are limited to one car and they must stay with their escort at all times. Sponsors and guests can enter through Gate 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. and must be escorted off the installation by 9 p.m.

2. Kadena Air Base has authorized Japanese employees to enter the base through Gate 1 From 5-7:30 p.m. on 31 October, regardless of their approved hours.  They may also sponsor up to 4 children under the age 16. Any guest over the age 16 must be escorted by SOFA ID cardholders. The guests must be escorted off the installation by 9 p.m.

Passes will be issued 27-31 Oct., between 7:30 a.m and 4 p.m. at Gate 1 pass and registration office. Additionally, between 6-8 p.m. to trick-or-treat despite their pass hours and

The Pumpkin Patrol, comprised of at least 150 volunteer Airmen from around the base will keep an eye out for safety issues and hazards children may encounter as they gather candy from 6-8 p.m. These volunteers will be wearing ABUs and reflective vests.

People can register to be a part of the pumpkin patrol until Oct. 28 by contacting Tech. Sgt. Heather Consola at 634-3741 or email Tech. Sgt. Anita Bostic at anita.bostic@us.af.mil

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

  • Before purchasing the costume, make sure that the costumes are fire retardant, doesn't impair mobility, vision or hearing, and it doesn't touch the ground. If the costume does any of these things it could result in an accident.
  • Children need to be visible to drivers and other trick-or-treaters. Give them glow sticks, equip them with flashlights and apply reflective tape to the costume.
  • 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.
  • Before trick-or-treating, a route should be established. Make sure the only houses visited have their outside light on and are well lit. Put an emergency plan into place in case the group splits up, and give older children a cell phone.
  • Parents of children ages 12 and older should plan a designated route and establish a return time. When a parent cannot be with their trick-or-treater, children under age 12 must be left with a responsible person.
  • Children should also know to walk facing traffic, use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever they're available, and look both ways before crossing the street. It may also be a good Idea to bring along a small first aid kit in case of accidents.
  • Give trick-or-treaters a small meal before going so that there will not be any temptation to eat the candy before the parents have a chance to check the candy.

The 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, AMC Passenger Terminal will provide free X-Ray screening of all Halloween candy from 7-8:30 p.m. as a courtesy service to ensure Halloween candy does not contain any contraband.

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