DVIDS – News – Nowhere to hide when the ghosts are released


By the sergeant. Courtney L. Davis
US Army Humphreys Garrison Public Affairs Office

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – As night fell, ghouls and goblins from across Camp Humphreys crept out of the trunks, rushed into the streets, and hid in the dark corners of the neighborhood. On that day, October 28, all scares erupted as the Office of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation partnered with Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers to host the annual Humphreys Weekend. Spooktacular.

For the past 13 years, volunteers have terrified the bowling pins of Humphrey’s youth and then filled their buckets with candy.

“Since being here in 2007, BOSS has run the ‘House of Fears’ and ‘Trunk or Treat,’ said Lorenzo Ranches, FMWR BOSS coordinator and native of Guam. “Each year the population of Humphreys grows, and so our Spooktacular grows too.”

This has been the biggest year with 35 trunks for the Trunk or Treat and 40 volunteers helping the House of Fears. The scary part was that the person you least expected was jumping to stop your heart.

“We had volunteer high school students, spouses, civilians and soldiers,” said Pfc. Austin Gano, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, US Army Representative Garrison Humphreys BOSS and Newcomerstown, Ohio, native. “If the civilians were under 18, they had to have a waiver signed. Other than that, they were ready to go.

For those who didn’t want their dreams to be filled with ghosts and zombies, there was a lighter side to House of Fears. When asked what the difference was between family hours and haunted terrors, both Gano and Ranches replied, “Lights on.”

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the lights were on and the volunteers greeted and greeted the children as they walked through the House of Fears. As early as 7 pm, the ranches turned off the lights and announced “we will begin our hour of fear, enter at your own risk”.

For four nights, ghosts haunted the parking lot. For one day on October 30, they were roaming the streets and started pulling out trunks from the Spooktacular Trunk or Treat in the Humphreys Downtown Plaza.

It was the first Halloween Spooktacular since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so parents and kids were excited to get out and celebrate with their neighbors in the community.

“I don’t remember there being a thing like this last year. I came out because I have kids ages 5 to 14 who all wanted to do some sort of trick or treatment, ”said Renee McCants, third grade teacher at Humphreys West Elementary School. “It was a safe and fun place for them to see their friends, hang out and buy candy. ”

Dancing to the beat of “The Cha Cha Slide” and “The Chicken Dance”, creatures from all over Humphreys took pleasure in scaring, haunting and eating candy.

“They are enjoying and having fun,” McCants continued. “For me, I’m happy because it was an easy time for me to take my kids out, so it’s perfect for us.”

Older customers have come in droves, ready to take on the creatures of the night and satisfy their insatiable hunger for chocolate.

“Youth involvement is important, so I’m here to just support our youth,” said Kyle James, Child and Youth Services staff member. “The participation is much more than I expected, for sure. “

Crowds of teenagers crept into the streets to scare each other.

“I go to the youth center and came here because I think it’s really fun going for a walk or healing with my friends,” said Sofia Morales, a student at Humphreys high school. “After COVID, a lot of people probably got bored of staying home, so that’s cool.”

By late evening, all of the creepy creatures have returned to their coffins or holes, but they’ll be back next year!

Date taken: 11.02.2021
Date posted: 02/11/2021 9:09 PM
Story ID: 408570

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