Halloween is Saturday and Fort Campbell is dedicated to making it as safe and fun as possible for the post’s smallest residents.
The trick-or-treat hours for this year have been set for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, with MP’s and B.O.S.S. volunteers out keeping the roads safe for children and their parents.
“The last two years it hasn’t been a problem,” said Maj. James Sides, provost marshal. “Some kids will push it to about 8:15, but in the spirit of the holiday, really the military police do absolutely nothing. We just do a casual reminder to the people we see after eight that the hours stopped at eight.”
Sides said he had another 30 officers that would remain out after hours to discourage vandalism and other deviant behavior by older children.
The officers would also be handing out chemical-lights to trick-or-treaters throughout the night to keep them more visible.
“Our focus is the multi-pronged approach with the patrol cars, bicycles and foot patrols,” Sides said. “Then being augmented by the 10 people from the B.O.S.S. Program to help with some of the key intersections in the neighborhood.”
Sides added that they still desperately need volunteers for the B.O.S.S. program Operation Friendly Ghost. In past years, B.O.S.S. has given 60 Soldiers for the program.
“It means more intersections will not have a Soldier in a road guard vest and a flashlight standing out there,” Sides explained.
The Operation Friendly Ghost Soldiers help the MP’s to control the flow of traffic through the neighborhoods and keep the trick-or-treaters safe by helping them cross the street between 6-8 p.m.
Single Soldiers interested in volunteering need to call the B.O.S.S. program at (270) 798-7858/7391.
The Fire Station is also getting into the holiday spirit, with stations one and five handing out candy to trick-or-treaters during the hours set by the Garrison. Station 1 is located at 1747 Kentucky Ave. Station 5 is Building 4099 on the corner of Indiana Avenue and 59th Street.
Trick-or-treaters looking to start a little early can go to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital from 5-7 p.m. for a Trunk-or-Treat in the parking area behind the Ambulance building, Building 2575 on the corner of Indiana Avenue and Screaming Eagle Boulevard.
The Fort Campbell Commissary donated 40 bags of candy for the Trunk-or-Treat, but Blanchfield is still accepting candy donations at the Ambulance building to ensure there is plenty to go around.
“You’ll be amazed how many kids are moving around,” Sides said. “Our concern is people will be driving as if it’s a normal day through the neighborhoods and sometimes they need to be driving under the posted speed limit just because the increased chances of a child not paying attention and jumping out from between two parked cars into the road.”
Sides said there is no age limit on the children that can go trick-or-treating on post, and they ask that everyone be prepared to hand out candy if children knock on the door.
But for children who feel too old to go trick-or-treating and Soldiers without children, Blanchfield is putting on the BACH Haunted House Spectacular at the Emergency Medical Services Ambulance building.
With a mind bent on building suspense and fostering fear, Staff Sgt. David Edwards, the noncommissioned officer in charge of BACH EMS, recruited 28 Fort Campbell High School students and 25 Blanchfield employees to help him implement his insane creation.
The BACH Haunted House Spectacular is open from 8 – 11 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 7 p.m. to midnight on Halloween.