Fort Leonard Wood’s trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 and officials from the Directorate of Emergency Services, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood Safety Office and Fire Prevention Office offered tips to the community for having a safe and fun Halloween.
Law enforcement personnel, supported by Soldiers in the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, will be present in all of the installation’s residential areas to assist with event coordination, said James Stewart, chief of police, Law Enforcement Division, DES.
To better protect pedestrians and motorists, officers will set up a traffic control point at the entrance of Eagle Point Housing, he said.
“That’s due to it being a very small neighborhood, very congested streets,” he said. “If we have people that are going in and out just for the purpose of trick-or-treating, our emergency vehicles — police cars, ambulances, fire trucks — it would be hard for them to get in.”
Stewart reminded parents to ensure their children are well-prepared for possible inclement weather, as the temperatures tend to cool down this month.
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital’s radiology department will offer free X-rays of Halloween candy to community members from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1.
The Fort Leonard Wood Fire Prevention office urges homeowners to keep all vegetative decorations, such as hay bales, away from entrances and exits as the objects are flammable and may block pathways in case of a fire. As a reminder, bonfires are not allowed on the installation, but commercially-sold fire pits are. However, fire pits must remain at least 15 feet away from any structure and must not be left unattended.
Halloween costumes may be long and flowy, so it is advised to keep a safe distance from any open flame.
Because of the festivities and darkness, costume-clad young ones may be more actively crossing streets and harder to spot, so officials from the Fort Leonard Wood Safety Office would like drivers to be extra vigilant.
Tips from the Safety Office
— Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
— Keep candle-lit pumpkins and lights away from walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, and keep them out of the reach of pets and small children.
— Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
— Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
— Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
— Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
— Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
— Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
— Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating.
— Always test make-up first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
— Look both ways before crossing the street.
— Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
— Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
— Wear well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.
— Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
— Enter homes only with an adult. Don’t stop at dark houses.
— Wear flame-resistant costumes.