Halloween safety tips for Kadena families Published Oct. 27, 2008 By Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz 18th Wing Public Affairs KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- It's that time of year once again when ghosts and ghouls roam the earth and fires are lit within hollowed pumpkins. Halloween is upon us and Team Kadena is gearing up for a frightfully good time for children and adults alike. To ensure everyone has a safe trick-or-treating experience, the 18th Security Forces Squadron and 18th Wing Ground Safety office have several suggestions for parents and base personnel. Drivers are cautioned that the speed limit in base housing areas will lower from 40 to 15 KPH during the hours of 5 to 9 p.m. to accommodate trick-or-treating hours. Security forces personnel will patrol base housing units in vehicles and on foot to enforce the speed limit. Parents should ensure that while out trick-or-treating, children travel in familiar areas and visit well-lit homes or apartment buildings with light-colored treat bags and flashlights or glow sticks. It is recommended that parents of children over the age of 12 plan a designated route and establish a return time. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible youth. Officials say that parents should consider pinning a slip of paper with the child's name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the child gets separated from the group. Children and parents are reminded to think about safety when selecting costume accessories. Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or other flexible materials. Volunteers are still need to assist with Operation Pumpkin Patrol. If interested, please send an e-mail to Technical Sgt. Dana Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.