YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Two days after returning to Yokosuka, after completing a 10-day sea trial period in the western Pacific Ocean, crew members of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) set their minds to having a festive Halloween party, one week ahead of schedule. Oct. 25, Thew Gym was decked out with Halloween decor by the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.
"I volunteered to help with the party because Halloween is my family's favorite holiday of the year," explained Lt. Cmdr. Quino P. Alonzo, assisstant strike operations officer aboard Kitty Hawk. "With events like this, it's often the volunteers who make it a positive experience."
"It was nice to be able to pretend it was Halloween while we were home with our children," expressed Lt. Cmdr. Rosanne Hartley, ship's nurse aboard Kitty Hawk.
Kitty Hawk's operational commitments kept them at sea for previous Halloweens, making this year's Children's Halloween party a marked event and Halloween even
"I have missed several Halloweens with my children because duty calls," expressed Hartley.
Cynthia Turner, president of the Kitty Hawk spouse organization, happily stated, "This children's Halloween party was proudly sponsored by the USS Kitty Hawk, affectionately known as the Battle Cat, creating a wonderful and exciting party for our children."
Servicemembers stationed aboard Kitty Hawk and their family members attended the event, and were given the opportunity to enjoy Halloween-themed fun and games.
"I thought the Halloween party was fantastic," expressed Hartley. "My children were happy with hot dogs, candy and games."
"We did this because we love the children, and it's an opportunity for all of them to get together in a festive environment that is safe for them," expressed Turner. "They can have fun, lots of candy, and have a good time under the supervision of their parents."
"It was well lit, and there weren't too many scary costumes, so the kids had fun and were not scared," said Hartley.
This event allowed Kitty Hawk servicemembers and their families to celebrate this holiday and get into the spirit during the month of October, with activities that were tailored to entertain the young and the "young at heart."
"We've got games, a Jupiter Jump, Sea of Balls, the Velcro Wall, a cakewalk, craft tables and all sorts of other activities, including photos, to remember the event by," said Turner.
"The most enjoyable part was tossing kids up onto the Velcro wall and watching them hang there," expressed Alonzo.
"The Navy Exchange auto sales department donated the helium and balloons," said Turner, who continued to thank the Sailors aboard Kitty Hawk for pulling together to make this event such a success. "Without the volunteers, and without the participants, we could not have done this, and this event could not have been possible."
Alonzo explained that there was a lot of help from the Kitty Hawk Sailors and high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Kitty Hawk's children's Halloween party was full of family fun for a happy and safe Halloween.
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