SEOUL — The goblins will be gobbling and the princesses parading as U.S. bases across South Korea host Halloween festivities this weekend.
Bases are offering everything from trick-or-treating through housing areas to costume contests, festivals to haunted houses.
Here are specifics for the various peninsula locations:
Area ICamp Casey/Camp Hovey: 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Warrior Club, sponsored by the United Service Organizations. The party is followed by trick-or-treating on Camp Hovey through 7 p.m., courtesy of the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery; 4th Battalion, 7th Cavalry; and the 1st Brigade Support Troops Battalion. The evening continues at the “Haunted Insane Mansion” at the Second To None Club until 10 p.m. Transportation will be provided by the USO.
Camp Red Cloud: 3-5 p.m. Halloween buffet at the Pear Blossom Cottage. Event includes trick-or-treating, a costume contest and prizes. The cottage is located in the Army Community Services’ Building S-16.
Area IITrick-or-treat: 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday on Yongsan Garrison and Hannam Village.
Haunted Theater: 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Moyer Theater, courtesy of the Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers (BOSS). Admission is $2.
K-16 Air Base Fall Festival: 2-10 p.m. Saturday between Building 500 and the K-16 fuel point. Features a Halloween costume contest and a Family Readiness Group haunted house.
Hallelujah Festival: 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Seoul American High School Gym and 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hannam Village ball field. Children are offered pizza, candy, refreshments and games in a Christian environment. Costumes are welcome, but nothing depicting monsters or devil images.
Visitors are welcome to participate but must be signed onto post — no special passes will be issued. Department of Defense identification card holders can sign four guests and one vehicle onto the installations. If traveling by vehicle, use Gate 17 or 20. If walking, sign in at Gate 17, 20, 5 or 10. Visitors must be with sponsors at all times and cannot depart the installation and come in another gate. Visitors must be sign out at the gate they were registered.
Area IIIReturn to Spooky Hollow: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Camp Humphreys Commander’s Community Center. Features community trick-or-treating with a free T-shirt and goodie bag for children 12 years and younger; a costume parade; haunted woods; a military unit booth decorating contest and live music. The event is open to children of all U.S. and South Korean military and civilian employees.
Area IVHilltop Club Party: 8 p.m. Friday at Camp Walker’s Hilltop Club. Features free snacks, a costume contest with $100 prize, Jell-O bobbing for prizes and other events.
Trick-or-treat: 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Camp Walker and Camp George housing areas. Military police will begin safety patrols at 5 p.m. Saturday and the Wood Medical Clinic on Walker will X-ray candy 7-9 p.m.
Hideaway Club Party: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hideaway Club on Camp Carroll. Features free snacks and a best costume contest with $100 prize.
Pumpkin Contest: Carved pumpkins on display at the Camp Walker Community Activities Center; awards at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Autumn Costume Bash: 5-8 p.m. Friday in Camp Walker’s Building 257. Hosted by School Age Services, the event is open to all children kindergarten through first grade. Cost: $2.
AAFES: 6-8 p.m., all Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities on Camp Walker will give to trick-or-treaters. A costume contest will be held at the Main Post Exchange 6-8 p.m. Saturday.
Jack-O-Lantern and Costume Contest: 5 p.m. Saturday at the commissary; bring pumpkin to the store no later than 4 p.m. to enter. Prizes include food baskets and a $25 shopping spree and categories include scariest, prettiest and most imaginative costumes.
Kunsan Air BaseHalloween Party: 9 p.m. Saturday at the Loring Club. Features a pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin necklaces for all attendees and prizes for the best costume.
Tips for trick-or-treaters
¶Stay in familiar neighborhoods and on sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic).¶Stay in groups, or with a friend or parent — children at most bases cannot trick or treat alone.¶Avoid any pets or animals, even ones that are tied up.¶Walk, don’t run, and look both ways before crossing streets.¶Carry a flashlight or chemlight.¶Never enter a house or garage.¶Approach only houses that have the porch light on.¶Don’t litter.
Tips for parents
¶Ensure costumes are flame retardant, don’t drag and have reflective material. Make sure masks don’t obstruct vision.¶Accompany and watch children at all times.¶Designate a meeting place in case you get separated.¶Inspect all candy that children bring home.
Tips for residents
¶Remove water hoses, flowerpots, leashes or obstacles from yards.¶Leave porch lights on while you are giving out candy, to illuminate walkways and to signal you’re willing to accept trick-or-treaters.¶Keep candlelit pumpkins a safe distance from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.¶Keep pets away from where the children may travel.
Source: Provost marshal offices at bases across Japan
— Juliana Gittler