The spookiest day of the year is upon us.
On Thursday evening, children will roam the streets dressed as goblins and ghouls, knocking on doors and collecting candy in honor of Halloween. With so many children going door to door at night, safety is of the utmost importance to the Fort Hood school-based crime prevention policing unit.
“You must abide by Fort Hood regulation,” said Sgt. Andrew Samarripa Jr., Fort Hood community police section team leader. “Children ages 6 and under must have direct supervision by an adult or responsible teen 13 years old or older.”
On post trick or treating is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The normal curfew of 11 p.m. is in effect for teenagers.
The Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services shared safety tips for trick or treating families:
Plan trick-or-treat routes beforehand.
Have a designated meeting point in case of accidental separation.
Travel in groups and use the buddy system.
Do a dress rehearsal the night before to see sight and movement limitations on costumes and avoid dangerous props.
Inspect your children’s treats. If in doubt, throw it out.
Following trick or treating, candy can be X-rayed at III Corps headquarters, said Christopher Haug, Fort Hood spokesman.
With many people out and about on Halloween night, the most important thing is to “be respectful of property and personal space,” Samarripa said.
The Backbone NCO Lounge is hosting an adult party — the Fright Night Halloween Costume Contest. The Thursday party is from 7 to 10 p.m. The prize for best overall costume is a 50-inch plasma television. Best active-duty costume receives a $100 Exchange gift card. Along with a DJ spinning music, guests can enjoy free appetizers and drink specials. Open to all ages 18 and older. Call 254-287-6116.
Operation Troop Treats offers a fun way to avoid the pitfalls of eating too much candy. From Nov. 1-6, Kool Smiles will accept candy in exchange for a toy at their two local offices. Donated candy will be sent in care packages to troops overseas through Operation Gratitude. Children will receive one toy for every 25 pieces of unopened candy. Limit three toys per child.
With more than 50 percent of American children between ages 5 and 9 having at least one cavity, dental health is important to consider, said company spokesman Andrew Yavorski.
Kool Smiles offices are at 1100 Lowes Blvd. and 2200 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen. The company hopes to teach children good dental hygiene and uplift our armed forces at the same time.
Go to www.mykoolsmiles.com/trooptreats for more information.