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Trick-or-Treating, Pumpkin Patrol slated for Oct. 31

The 66th Security Forces Squadron will  take on Pumpkin Patrol while families trick or treat at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Lance Beebe)

The 66th Security Forces Squadron will take on Pumpkin Patrol while families trick or treat at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Lance Beebe)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 66th Security Forces Squadron will again take on Pumpkin Patrol while families trick or treat here Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Pumpkin Patrol is an SFS initiative that helps ensure the safety and security of those enjoying Halloween in base housing.

“This is another great opportunity for our defenders to get involved with the community, and let them know that we’re here, keeping an eye out while they enjoy the holiday,” said Staff Sgt. Josh King, 66 SFS Pumpkin Patrol coordinator.

Defenders and volunteers on pumpkin patrol will wear reflective vests and utilize flashlights during hours of darkness. They will also utilize all-terrain vehicles to assist in community policing.

Patrols will ensure that trick-or-treaters utilize the sidewalks as much as possible.

“We want to make sure that everyone is able to make the most of a fun evening,” said Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander. “I encourage everyone to use best judgement before stepping out and to keep safety a priority throughout the night.”

Security Forces officials will have an EZ Child System tent set up at the housing intersection of Adams and Heritage to assist families and law enforcement in the case of a missing person.