By Kourtney Moody
USO volunteers and staff continuously think of creative ways to celebrate holidays for service men and women who are serving far from home. It is the USO’s mission to keep America’s military service members connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
Take a look at how USO centers around the globe put together spooktacular events for service members and their families this Halloween!
Costumes, face painting, BBQ, crafts, a movie and so much more. What else could you want? The USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Maryland, put on quite a Halloween party, as they do every year.
Nearly 1,700 Vicenza community members gathered in Italy for the Spooktacular Fall Festival hosted by USO Vicenza and USARAF Family Readiness Group. Attendees had plenty to do, including trick-or-treating, carving a pumpkin, walking through a haunted house and enjoying live music.
Over 500 people showed up for USO Colorado Springs’ annual Halloween Party! The costume contest was competitive – bumble bees, mermaids, a vending machine and superheroes were all in it to win it!
The USO Naples in Italy supported the military community by delivering some of America’s favorite sweet treats to nearly 1,000 children attending the annual event sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).
USO Fort Drum’s Trunk or Treat 2017 was a huge success. Military children were able to trick or treat through trunks and receive enough candy to last them a lifetime. This event has become so popular that a traffic jam formed!
From a galaxy far, far away … or maybe just at USO Incirlik! This crew stationed in Turkey is defending the galaxy, food and our country!
The USO Kaiserslautern team is so excited about the USO Mobile App that they dressed up as it at their Halloween party! As a USO center at the airport, they wanted to ensure service members and their families who were traveling did not miss out on the Halloween festivities. A special “Military Monster Mash” was available as they awaited their afternoon flights. The menu included bats and cobweb pasta, vampire repellent (garlic bread) and more!
The USO Family Game Night Spooktacular had the largest turnout yet! Games, food and raffle prizes were provided throughout the night. This family of ninjas and safari animals enjoyed the bingo portion of the night!
USO Bay Area was out to support three different trunk or treat events this year. They decorated the USO Jeeps and handed out treats to over 3,000 service members and their families. This Jeep’s theme was Flower Power!
Who said ghosts couldn’t be cute? These children had a great time making a ghostly craft after they enjoyed reading “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
Do you enjoy seeing how USO centers around the globe celebrate different holidays? Be sure to see what the USO was up to on Fourth of July