Halloween safety reminders from the 86th SFS

Help keep our trick-or-treaters safe as they come out and enjoy Halloween in the Ramstein, Vogelweh and Landstuhl Family Housing areas Oct. 29.

Trick-or-treating has been authorized from 5 to 7 p.m. to all ID cardholders and sponsored guests. All personnel should limit vehicle traffic throughout the housing areas.  Speeding and parking will be strictly enforced to promote safety for all participants. 

Trick-or-treating safety is a way to ensure everyone has a great holiday, without having any problems. It is important to be alert, as well as make children aware of things to be careful and cautious about.

On Ramstein, there will be two lost children collection points: one in Bldg. 800 of the Child Development Center, and the other in Bldg. 1001 at Ramstein Middle School.

On Vogelweh, the two lost children collection points will located at the youth center, Bldg. 1057 and Gate 3 for on-base housing.

The Landstuhl children collection point is directly in front of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center emergency room entrance.

Parents are encouraged to know these locations and how to get there in the event a child should get lost.

Parents have the option to get their children’s candy X-rayed from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Ramstein Passenger Terminal lobby.

Parents are highly encouraged to ensure their children wear proper reflective clothing as they partake in the evening’s festivities.

Costumes should be made of flame retardant material. If they are homemade, make sure to use either a fire retardant spray or fabric that has been treated with fire retardant.

Do not include high heel shoes or long dangling pieces of costume that your child could trip over. A scraped knee or bloody nose can really ruin their fun.
Children should always go out trick-or-treating accompanied by a responsible adult.
If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.

Make sure to use sidewalks and look both ways before crossing the street while trick-or-treating.

Also, make sure children know to never go into a stranger’s house or ring their door for treats unless parents are with them and say it’s OK. There are some people in this world who aren’t very nice to children, and you have to be careful. Make sure your children know it’s always safer to trick-or-treat in view of a parent or guardian.

For other safety tips, visit the Halloween safety website at www.halloween-safety.com.

Anyone interested in volunteering to support this event should contact the 86th Security Forces Squadron Police Services at Ramstein via e-mail at 86sfs.s5lpoliceservices@ramstein.af.mil.

For Vogelweh and Landstuhl, contact the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Plans & Programs via e-mail at jamie.barnett@ramstein.af.mil.

Let’s make this a fun and safe Halloween!

(Courtesy of 86th Security Forces Squadron)