Top Halloween celebrations on military installations

Lauren Warner
October 25, 2018 - 7:00 am

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Fall is here and with it, all of the pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, haunted hayrides, and Halloween themed parks anyone could possibly ask for--and more than we could ever make it to in the short season. 

To make the most of your fall and the swiftly approaching Halloween, we're here to help break down some of the best events at installations across the world. 

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  • Fort Belvoir's 'Legends of Halloween' is ranked the scariest (and best) haunted attraction in the DC/MD/VA area. 
  • Historic Civil War-era Fort Knox, Maine, hosts Fright at the Fort -- this year's theme is Stephen King and includes a roughly 20-minute tour of the century and a half old stronghold.
  • If shooting zombies is your thing, Camp Pendleton's Haunted Grounds is counting on you to take down the zombie hoard. 
  • Fort Leavenworth, already rumored to have haunted barracks, offers a Haunted Walking Tour, complete with cocoa, cider and the chance to buy ’The Haunted Houses of Fort Leavenworth’ book.
  • Focused more on fitness? Naval Support Base King's Bay hosts Zombie Zumba and a Glow Spin Cycle class (back to back!). Naval Station Everett hosts a Haunted Night Hike and Henderson Hall a Haunted Hill 5k.
  • The USS Hornet, though it's not an active ship anymore, is still the most haunted ship in the Navy. In 27 years this ship lost 300 crewmembers and now you have the chance to attend a Monster Bash onboard!
  • Naval Air Station Whidbey Island  has all their bases covered with a Fright Fest Movie Marathon, Zombie Glow Run 5k, Spooktacular Golf Tournament, and Haunted Weekend Getaway. (If I could pick any place to go for Halloween, I would be basically packing a bag to Washington State right now.)

  • Need something more family friendly?
    • The Caisson platoon at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall hosts a haunted barn, complete with hayrides and a family-friendly barn as well as a separate barn for adult-screams. 
    • Most installations host a trunk-or-treat (like Luke AFB, JB Langley-EustisCamp LincolnEglin AFB* and Creech AFB) along with Halloween Extravaganzas (Offut AFB) and Fall Fests (like those at Travis AFB, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Kirkland AFB, and Nevada National Guard's Clark County Armory).  *Eglin AFB goes the extra mile, hosting a trunk decoration contest in conjunction with the trunk-or-treat festival as well as a zombie powderpuff game. Robins AFB hosts everything from a Costume Party with Glow Bowling to Halloween Bingo to a zombie run. Partnered with the USO, Vicenza hosts a Carnival of Thrills. Naval Support Annex (NSA) Hampton Roads also hosts a Monster Dash 5k, pumpkin carving, and Harvest Festival. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson doesn't let the cold slow them down, with a Bowl-a-ween, costume fun-run and of course a trunk-or-treat of their own. 
    • The most brilliant and innovative children's event I've seen so far is one being held at Fort Hamilton, a Kid's Quiet Party-- all the kids listen to music through wireless headphones and bowl, leaving the adults to enjoy their afternoon. 
    • Thanks to the USO, families at installations stateside and overseas, as well as their deployed loved ones, get the opportunity to celebrate Halloween (here's a link to their top 10 Halloween events).

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Looking for a way to get rid of that extra candy when all is said and done? Instead of eating it for breakfast, donate it to organizations like Soldier's Angels Treats for Troops, who send the candy they collect over to VAs across the country and deployed troops...or Operation Gratitude runs a Halloween Candy Give-Back that helps supply the candy included in their care packages. 

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