• A medieval knight forges his way around USAG Schinnen's wooded path during the garrison's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

    On a quest!

    A medieval knight forges his way around USAG Schinnen's wooded path during the garrison's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

  • Grrrrrrrreat fun at USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009

    Grrrrrrrreat fun at USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009

    Grrrrrrrreat fun at USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009

  • The AFNORTH Battalion set up a first rate display based on the Aca,!A"Adventures of Alice in WonderlandAca,!A? during the USAG SchinnenAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

    Alice in Wonderland

    The AFNORTH Battalion set up a first rate display based on the Aca,!A"Adventures of Alice in WonderlandAca,!A? during the USAG SchinnenAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

  • The back of a truck serves as a secret pirates treasure chest where goblins, ghouls and kitty cats search for treats during the garrisonAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

    A pirate's treasure!

    The back of a truck serves as a secret pirates treasure chest where goblins, ghouls and kitty cats search for treats during the garrisonAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

  • Dad plays scared while his son looks with suspicion as they make their way through USAG Schinnen haunted house during the garrisonAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

    A haunted house!

    Dad plays scared while his son looks with suspicion as they make their way through USAG Schinnen haunted house during the garrisonAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

  • At the end of a smoke-filled forest on a lake-side path, a creepy cemetery suddenly becomes a welcome popcorn treat as Danny Janssen, a Dutch Ministry of Defense employee who works for USAG Schinnen, provides his welcome surprise to participants of USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30. Janssen and his partners in the USAG Schinnen Directorate of Logistics/Drivers Testing won "best table".

    Finally, popcorn!

    At the end of a smoke-filled forest on a lake-side path, a creepy cemetery suddenly becomes a welcome popcorn treat as Danny Janssen, a Dutch Ministry of Defense employee who works for USAG Schinnen, provides his welcome surprise to participants of...

  • Mini-Mouse (right) rewards a ghostly costumed participant during USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

    There's a mouse about!

    Mini-Mouse (right) rewards a ghostly costumed participant during USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

  • An international atmosphere and a clear cool night welcomed "trunk-or-treaters" during USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30. "The Geilenkirchen 5 & 6 Club" (pictures here) won the "best trunk".

    Perfect weather for fun

    An international atmosphere and a clear cool night welcomed "trunk-or-treaters" during USAG Schinnen's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30. "The Geilenkirchen 5 & 6 Club" (pictures here) won the "best trunk".

  • The Geilenkirchen Family Readiness Group from the NATO Air Base in Germany enjoys handing out goodies during the garrison's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

    Tri-border treats

    The Geilenkirchen Family Readiness Group from the NATO Air Base in Germany enjoys handing out goodies during the garrison's Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

  • USAG Schinnen garrison staff members pose while a pirate with a camera snaps this photo during the garrisonAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

    Just a normal trunk-or-treat evening!

    USAG Schinnen garrison staff members pose while a pirate with a camera snaps this photo during the garrisonAca,!a,,cs Trunk or Treat 2009 held Oct. 30.

SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- An international mix typical of a tri-border community that hosts numerous NATO units enjoyed a clear, cool night as Service and Family members, community volunteers and local Dutch guests scurried 'round the trunk-or-treat path Oct. 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m. here.

"Trunk or Treat" is one of the garrison's most popular annual events and attracts 1,200 or more participants from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Dutch guests, who registered for this year's event, numbered over 200, more than double than last year.

Dozens of community organizations and volunteers from the tri-border area descended on USAG Schinnen and decorated more than 30 car trunks or booths along a path that allowed hundreds of children to enjoy candy treats and some spooky surprises.

The garrison's picnic pavilion was enclosed and converted into a haunted house and a mist-filled walk through a lake-side cemetery led costumed ghouls to a happy Dutch Ministry of Defense employee, Danny Janssen, giving away popcorn.

Janssen's spooky display won "Best Table" and the Geilenkirchen 5 & 6 Club won "Best Trunk" for their well decorated display with an international flair.

About two-thirds of USAG Schinnen's garrison staff is Dutch and, together with their U.S. counterparts, they provide base operations support to international military communities across northern Germany, northern Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland - the largest area of responsibility of any garrison in IMCOM-Europe.

The NATO Airbase in Geilenkirchen was well represented by members of the U.S. Air Force 470th Wing's Family Readiness Center and the U.S. Army's AFNORTH Battalion Family Readiness Group who supports Soldiers assigned to NATO's Joint Forces Command Headquarters in Brunssum, Netherlands.

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