Have fun, keep safe this Halloween
With Halloween quickly approaching, there are many things to take into consideration when preparing for a night of trick-or-treaters and spooky fun.
Around this time of year many people, especially children, plan their Halloween festivities around the costume they’ll be wearing. Though the excitement of choosing an alias for this annual evening can be overwhelming shoppers should take note of some of the hazards that come along with dressing up.
Kimberley Ignacio, Navy Exchange (NEX) Guam Home Center department manager, said the first thing patrons should consider when purchasing costumes is safety.
“As cute or scary as the children can be, safety has to be a priority,” she said. “Customers should be attentive to the fit of the costume on the child. The masks should sit properly on the face so that the child can see without having to hold it up or adjust it constantly. The length should also fit the child well enough that it does not pose a trip hazard.”
Ignacio also emphasized the need for costumes and reflectors that promote visibility during the evening hours.
“Safety lights, glow sticks or costumes that reflect light are also very important,” she said. “The children need to be easily seen, especially when in areas that bring them in close proximity to motorists.”
As the sun begins to set and little ghosts and ghouls prepare to hit the streets for some sweet treats, parents should pay close attention to the areas their little monsters venture to and the candy they receive.
“When it comes to candies you want to make sure it’s safe,” said Mellissa Cruz, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas safety manager. “If you see any of the candy has been tampered with, throw it away, don’t take (any) chances.”
Aside from going door to door this year to satisfy your sweet tooth, there are several events on Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base that provide a safe environment for patrons to have an enjoyable Halloween. (See a complete list of events on page 21.)
On Andersen, patrons from ages 9 to18 can enjoy a night of dancing in costume at the Teen Center. On NBG, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Guam is hosting a Trunk or Treat, where kids can trick or treat among festively decorated cars and eat at Nap’s Alabama BBQ for free with a paying adult.
MWR Guam Marketing Coordinator Desiree Leon Guerrero encouraged families to come out and take part in the festivities.
“Every year, MWR and 36th FSS (Force Support Squadron) offer several family-friendly events and activities that are truly fun and exciting,” she said. “This year, plan on spending Halloween with MWR and 36th FSS and you’ll be glad you did.”