Events

October 25, 2012

Haunted house, hayride scare 5,200

Dragon Jolie Hite, 10, her sister, Indian princess Alissa, 8, and her little brother, Aiden in the Kiss-costume, 5, came with their parents to enjoy the Halloween event celebrated last Friday and Saturday at Wren Arena from 6 – 10 p.m.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s 4th annual haunted house and hayride drew about 5,200 scare-a-holics according to Barbi Barnett, Non-appropriated Fund Support Division chief.

“This two-day event was a collective and massive effort by almost every division of FMWR,” she said. This free event ran for five hours on both Friday and Saturday night.

Overseen by the special events team, this event included much more than just a haunted hayride along a trail of live action spooky scenes. It included a haunted house, Halloween movies, food, and a children’s area with face painting, games and arts-and-crafts vendors.

Young and older youth enjoyed finding their way through the hay maze during Friday and Saturday’s haunted house and hayride event sponsored by Fort Huachuca’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“This was the 4th Annual Haunted Hayride, Barnett said. “Each year we make improvements to enhance the experience and make it easier on our Soldiers and Families. This year, we added timed rides using tickets, gated the parking area, expanded our Halloween movie area, improved food, and enhanced the Haunted House.

Visitors to Friday and Saturday’s Halloween event await the start of the first haunted hayride, offered from 7 – 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. The volunteers did an amazing job in scaring riders coming to the event held at the Wren Arena, according to one fair-goer.

“All these changes were designed to mitigate lines. However, our attendance almost doubled [this year] with an estimated 5,200 [people] across both days. Although lines were long and all areas were crowded, we got repeated positive comments regaling our event as the best offered in the County. We also received continuous expressions of gratitude from our Soldiers and Families,” Barnett said.

Inside the haunted house, volunteers attempted to scare everybody who tried to walk through; many screams could be heard coming from inside.




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