Safety paramount during Halloween season

With Halloween quickly approaching, Team V members are reminded to stay vigilant and keep safety a priority. Trick-or-treat hours for base housing will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Those who will be driving in the base housing area are reminded to be aware of the extra traffic during trick-or-treat hours, as well as an increase in pedestrian traffic. (Graphic by Senior Airman Christopher Boitz)

With Halloween quickly approaching, Team V members are reminded to stay vigilant and keep safety a priority. Trick-or-treat hours for base housing will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Those who will be driving in the base housing area are reminded to be aware of the extra traffic during trick-or-treat hours, as well as an increase in pedestrian traffic. (Graphic by Senior Airman Christopher Boitz)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

With Halloween quickly approaching, Team V members are reminded to stay vigilant and keep safety a priority.

Master Sgt. Daniel Lormand, 30th Space Wing occupational safety superintendent, has some precautions for Vandenberg families to consider during the Halloween season.

“Walk, don't run, stay on the sidewalks and off road surfaces, wear bright colors, don't cross yards and watch for children when backing vehicles in and out of driveways,” said Lormand. “Also, make sure to check candy for any tampering prior to eating.”

Trick-or-treat hours for base housing will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Those who will be driving in the base housing area are reminded to be aware of the extra traffic during trick-or-treat hours, as well as an increase in pedestrian traffic.

“This year will be the first year I will be taking my daughter out for trick-or-treating, and we are both really excited for it,” said Britni Mayfield, spouse of Staff Sgt. Kaleb Mayfield, 30th SW Public Affairs broadcast journalist. “Since we’re on base I’m not nearly as worried as I would be off base, because I know there will be a lot of other families and young children out and about. The only thing I worry about is my daughter not listening because of all the excitement, but I’ll still make sure she holds my hand and looks both ways before crossing the street.”

Adding an additional peace of mind for parents, 30th Security Forces members will be patrolling the area during the allotted trick-or treat time to make sure everyone stays safe.

“Children become excited during Halloween and often forget about the various hazards surrounding them,” said Lormand. “Parents should keep a close eye on their children while out trick-or-treating to ensure all little ones make it home safe.”

Some of this year’s Halloween events include:

Oct. 28: 6 to 9 p.m. - Spook Fest Trunk-or-Treat at the Youth Center

Oct. 28: 8 p.m. to midnight - Halloween Party at the Pacific Coast Club

Oct. 31: 12 to 1 p.m. - Fun Costume 5k Run/Walk at the Fitness Center

Oct. 31: 6 to 8 p.m. – Trick-or-Treat in base housing

For more information on the events, contact the Force Support Squadron at 805-606-0276.