Several Fort Campbell community partners ensured Soldiers and their Families had a happy, healthy and safe Halloween 2019 through various events, safety initiatives and welcoming smiles.
The annual Operation Friendly Ghost mission, hosted by the staff of the Fort Campbell Provost Marshal and supported by members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, provided a safety presence during trick-or-treating hours Oct. 31 for the Families of Fort Campbell.
Military Police officers and BOSS volunteers were stationed at intersections in on-post neighborhoods across Fort Campbell to make sure trick-or-treaters crossed streets safely, and even shared treats with the Families they encountered throughout the night.
Private First Class Jquan Wright, 194th Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), volunteered for Operation Friendly Ghost.
“I didn’t have anything else planned, so I figured why not,” Wright said. “It’s our job to give back to the community. I want to help promote and change the perception of police officers to people in the community. We’re here for a safety measure, to help kids cross the street and control the traffic.”
USO Fort Campbell also hosted a healthy Halloween event, during which Families dressed in costumes attended indoor activities and enjoyed making and then eating their own healthy snacks, painting pumpkins and playing games.
Many residents of Fort Campbell also gave back to their fellow Families throughout the chilly night of trick-or-treating.
Caitlyn and Spc. Preston Young, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and their 2-year-old son, Mattis, handed out candy and had a bonfire in place where trick-or-treaters could warm themselves.
“We like to give out candy to the kids, we enjoy it,” Caitlyn said. “We enjoy these community events.”
Preston said they also were excited to meet their neighbors.
“Most of us are at work during the day, so it helps us get to know all the neighbors and see them outside,” he said.