Camp Zama Halloween Events Oct. 29-31

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Camp Zama Halloween Events Oct. 29-31

by: United States Army Garrison Japan | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: October 26, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a typical big event at Camp Zama and SFHA because children and adults alike can dress up and play pretend.

Halloween in Japan is getting more and more popular each year. Every year when Camp Zama/SFHA open the gates to our neighbors and external community members, more and more Japanese families share in our tradition of “trick-or-treating”.

Trick-or-Treating will be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area installations. (See below for escort procedures)

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Here are some fun facts about Halloween!

- Ireland is typically believed to be the birth place of Halloween
- Thought to have been around since 4000 B.C., Halloween is over 6,000 years old
- The first Jack-O-Lanterns were actually made from turnips!
- Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday
- The candy industries makes an average of 2 billion dollars annually thanks to Halloween.
- A full moon on Halloween is extremely rare. The most recent was back in 2001, and before that… 1955.

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Other Halloween Events on Camp Zama/SFHA/Sagami General Depot

- The annual Loop Run in conjunction with a Block Party Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SFHA Club Parking Lot. There is no fee for this event. Register by Oct. 27 by 9 p.m. at the Youth Center (for kids) and at Yano Fitness Center (for adults). Runners are encouraged to run in Halloween costumes!

- Zama Bowling Center will host a Halloween Pre-Party Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is fun for the whole family. There will be bowling prizes and a costume contest for the kids and parents.

- The CZCC Halloween Party will start at 9 p.m. on Oct. 29. This party is just for the adults. There will be a costume contest with live music and entertainment.

- The SFHA Club will have a special dinner “Pirates of Pacific Rim” on Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

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Halloween Trick or Treating Safety Tips:

- Kids must be supervised by a responsible adult.
- Trick-or treating should be limited to the housing areas where kids live, and only at the homes with lighted doorways.
- Be sure to wear light-colored, fire-resistant costumes that are short enough to prevent tripping. Also use reflective tape.
- Always use the sidewalks and designated crosswalks. Look in all directions before crossing the street.
- Make sure your vision is not blocked by your mask or face makeup
- Pet owners should prevent their pets from being a menace to the trick-or-treating kids.
- Don’t forget to bring your flashlight, and any carried pumpkins should be lit with a battery-powered light, not with candles.
- Don’t eat any of the candy until you get home and your parents inspect all of your treats.
- If a house does not have a porch light on, skip that house because that means there is no candy available.

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Escort Procedures for Halloween Day:

SOFA members:
Must submit USAG-J form 1529 and 1529-1 by 4:30 p.m. on Oct 31 to
Camp Zama or SHA Pass Office or e-mail to
usarmy.zama.imcom-pacific.list.usagj-des-pass-office@mail.mil

Up to 10 adult & no more than 3 children (under the age of 18) per adult and Up to 2 guest vehicles. Children must be listed on the 1529. Guests will need to show their pass & valid ID at the gate upon entry. USAG-J form 1529 cannot be processed at any gate.

Local National Employees:
Must submit USAG-J form 1529 and 1529-1 by 4:30 p.m. on Oct 31 to
Camp Zama or SHA Pass Office or e-mail to
usarmy.zama.imcom-pacific.list.usagj-des-pass-office@mail.mil

Up to 5 adults & no more than 3 children (under the age of 18) per adult and 1 guest Vehicle. Children must be listed on the 1529. Guests will need to show their pass & valid ID at the gate upon entry USAG-J form 1529 cannot be processed at any gate.

Authorized Forms of ID:
- Japanese driver’s license (must know PIN) Japanese only
- Valid passport (Japanese or non-Japanese personnel can use passport)
- Japan Self-Defense Forces ID card
- Local national student ID card (for junior high or high school students)
- Residence card (New Alien Registration card)
- Special Permanent Resident Certificate (foreign nationals)
- Valid Alien Registration Card
- Any ID card Issued by the Government office of Japan.

A combination of proof of “Honseki” (either “Juminhyo” or “Koseki-shohon”) and a Japan driver’s license or “Juki” card will be accepted if you do not know your PIN.

Let’s have a safe and happy Halloween!


 

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