HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Deja Stevenson (middle) and her children, Jett and Rylin, put the finishing touches on their pumpkin at the Base Library on October 26. Hanscom families were invited to bring their own pumpkins and decorate them for Halloween. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Wyatt)
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Rylee MacGuire and her father, Army Sgt. Jason MacGuire, draw designs on a pumpkin at the Base Library on October 26. Families brought their own pumpkins to decorate and bring home to display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Wyatt)
by Tech. Sgt. Melanie Veilleux
66th Security Forces Squadron
10/28/2010 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Halloween can be a fun holiday for the kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little scary. Concerns about children's safety - whether they are out in the neighborhood or back at home with bountiful bags of goodies - can cast a spell on the evening's festivities.
Following a few safety tips, along with the assistance of the 66th Security Forces Squadron, will ensure Halloween to be a "howling" good time for all in the Hanscom community.
Hanscom trick-or-treating will take place on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Security forces will patrol the housing community for this year's Operation Pumpkin to ensure the Halloween evening is a positive one.
In addition, the safety office will be out in full force assisting with Operation Pumpkin and offering glow necklaces to help increase visibility of all individuals participating in this year's special occasion.
The following are some pointers for parents to help play it safe on Halloween:
· Make sure older kids go out with friends and younger children should always be accompanied by an adult
· Try to get children to trick-or-treat while it's still light out
· If it's dark, make sure the children are carrying a flashlight or glow stick
All residents and visitors to Hanscom are encouraged to especially drive slowly on this night.
Any suspicious or criminal activity should be reported to security forces at 781-377-2315. Any questions or concerns about Operation Pumpkin can be directed to the Police Services section at 781-377-2635 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.