Sabers to spook up a safe Halloween

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Parents take their children through a parking lot for “trunk or treating” at Club Eifel Oct. 30, 2013. Children were dressed in costumes and walked through the parking lot collecting candy from the community members from their decorated cars’ trunks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Parents take their children through a parking lot for “trunk or treating” at Club Eifel Oct. 30, 2013. Children were dressed in costumes and walked through the parking lot collecting candy from the community members from their decorated cars’ trunks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

The 52nd Fighter Wing is slated to host several events throughout the next two weeks to offer safe ways to celebrate Halloween.

Additionally, the 52nd FW Safety office offers the following safety tips for parents and children.

The 52nd FW Safety office encourages parents to take responsibility of their children as they trick-or-treat. Children themselves should be aware of roadways, potholes and uneven surfaces as they walk to and from within in base housing. Automobile operators should drive slowly and be cautious on-and-off base for children trick-or-treating.

For costume safety, the materials should fit properly, and the child should be able to see and breathe.

Decorations can sometimes become a fire hazard. Lights and smoke machines should not be placed near any of the entry or exit points of a building.

Airmen from the 52nd Security Forces Squadron are currently scheduled to perform a Pumpkin Patrol, an extra security presence in the base housing area, from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31.         

“We, as Security Forces members, will be out and about during base trick-or-treating,” said Tech. Sgt. Natasha Gerard, 52nd SFS police services NCO in charge. “We will be doing our best to ensure the safety of the Airmen and their families, but we also encourage families to stay vigilant.”

Below is a list of Halloween events:

CDC Pumpkin Patch - All current Child Development Center families may participate in an annual Pumpkin Patch event Oct. 20 from 4-6 p.m. in the soccer field across from the CDC. The event offers families a chance to select a pumpkin to take home. For more information, call DSN 452-5320 / Comm 06565615320.

SAP Pumpkin Patch - All current School Age Program families may participate in the annual Pumpkin Patch event Oct. 20 from 4-5 p.m. near building 427. The event offers a chance for families to pick a pumpkin to take home. For more information, call DSN 452-7545/ Comm 06565617545.

Halloween Family Fun Night - A family fun night event takes place Oct. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Club Eifel. This event is for club members only. For more information, call DSN 452-4633 / Comm 06565614633.

Family Fright Night - A Family Fright Night event takes place Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. at Club Eifel. The event will include carousel rides, children crafting activities, hay rides, candy and more.

There will also be a “Superhero” - themed photo booth setup. During the Fright Night, a photographer will take pictures of participants in costume. The photos will then be uploaded to the 52d Force Support Squadron Facebook page. The person with the most "Likes" from Oct. 31 until Nov. 3 will win $300.

Trunk-or-Treat is from 6-9 p.m. at Club Eifel. Vehicle owners may volunteer, decorate themselves and their vehicles, and park in the far side of the Club Eifel parking lot adjacent to the Eifel Grind. The 52nd FSS provides the candy, and children may then trick-or-treat each vehicle. There are first, second and third place prizes for the best decorated vehicles.

To volunteer, call DSN 452-2535. Squadrons and private organizations can participate but cannot compete for the prizes. Visit www.52ndFSS.com for rules and registration forms.

Halloween Costume Party - Costume contest with prizes. First, second and third place announced at midnight. Drink specials for people in costume and more. The club will also host a costume contest at the Saber Sports Lounge Oct. 28 from 9 p.m. to close for some spooky festivities, specialty drinks and shots, and a party. Adults only.

Halloween Howler “Dance like a Zombie” - An adults-only Halloween party takes place Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to close at the community center. For more information, call DSN 452-7260 / Comm 06565617260.

The Fear Factory Haunted House – The Bitburg Annex military family housing will host a haunted house October 27-29 . The cost is 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for children up to age 12.

The times for Oct. 27 are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The times for Oct. 28-29 will be from 5 p.m. to midnight.

There will be a trick-or-treat version of the haunted house each day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in which the lights will be switched on.