Fort Riley, Kansas



COMMUNITY CORNER – Safe Halloween depends on teamwork

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | October 27, 2017

     We’re just a few days away from Fort Ri­ley being inundated with little ghosts and goblins roaming our neighborhood streets looking for treats. There will also be parties, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more throughout the Flint Hills Region for Halloween. It’s the beginning of the fall season and a time to play it safe no matter how we choose to celebrate.

     Not only do I encourage you to take every precau­tion while taking your young ones trick or treat­ing, but I also ask that you be responsible this weekend and on Halloween night. One option is to volunteer. If you aren’t handing out candy and have no personal beliefs against the holiday, con­sider spending your time helping out with events like the BOSS/USO “Trunk or Treat.” Partner­ships like this are what make our community special — we can accomplish more by working together as one.

     Teamwork works for safety, too. Please use extreme caution when driving through housing areas on Halloween night. Ensure kids’ costumes are bright colors or well-lit and their faces aren’t covered by masks that block their vision. Use sidewalks and crosswalks while trick-or-treating. And inspect all candy before eat­ing it. In short, let’s all watch out for each other so we can enjoy a safe, happy, fun Halloween.

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