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Trick-or-Treating this year will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in base housing, and Andersen AFB wants everyone have a fun, yet safe holiday and urges parents to (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Team Andersen wished a fun, safe Halloween

Posted 10/26/2011   Updated 10/26/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon
36th Wing Public Affairs

10/26/2011 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- With candy, pumpkins and costumes lining store shelves and spooky decorations hung in windows, it's no doubt that Halloween is right around the corner and Team Andersen wants to ensure that everyone has a fun yet safe holiday.

Trick-or-Treating this year will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in base housing, and both the 36th Security Forces Squadron and 36th Wing Safety Office have some advice for parents and children.

"We've got to ensure that it is not only a fun event, but a safe event for our families and our Airmen," said Lt. Col. William Percival, 36th Wing Safety chief. "We are engaging with unit leadership and safety representatives to keep good communication."

Along with safety personnel keeping an eye out, 36 SFS will be doing their part as well.

"Pumpkin Patrol will be out and about again this year," said Staff Sgt. Brittany Howard, 36 SFS. "It is a foot patrol consisting of Security Forces and other base volunteers, responsible for ensuring the safety of the Trick-or-Treaters in base housing."

Sergeant Howard also offers some tips for parents, children and pets.

For parents, they should know the area their kids are Trick-or-Treating, ensure children abide by curfew and make sure they stay in groups if unaccompanied.

For children, don't eat candy that is already opened, be careful crossing the streets, carry a flashlight, no vandalism and be aware when going to a stranger's house.

"During Trick-or-Treating times I highly recommend no one drives in the area where the kids are," Colonel Percival said. "It's important to keep traffic to a minimum."

People should also be aware of their pets, Sergeant Howard said. If they are not walking around with families they should be inside. If they are wearing a pet costume a mask should not be covering the nose or eyes.

If anyone notices anything suspicious or wrong, call the law enforcement desk at 366-2910/2911. In case of an emergency, call 911 and let the operator know if you are on base or what village you are in so they can connect you to the appropriate operator.

"There is no doubt that this wing is committed to this being a fun and safe event," Colonel Percival said.

10/28/2011 2:52:24 AM ET
We like to go all out for Halloween so it only makes sense to park our cars at the golf course so our Decorations can be seen. We get so many Trick-or-Treaters it is easier if they aren't weaving in and out of parked cars. Much safer for the kids and our cars Happy Haunting
Amy Thompson, Rota Drive AAFB
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