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Halloween: Family, frightening fun for all

Parents and children laugh and scream during a previous BOSS Haunted House. BOSS Soldiers this year have volunteered their time to enhance Frite Nite. (File photo)

Parents and children laugh and scream during a previous BOSS Haunted House. BOSS Soldiers this year have volunteered their time to enhance Frite Nite. (File photo)

Published: October 23, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 23, 2014) -- ‘Tis the season when ghosts, ghouls and even superheroes come out to play as people don costumes for a chilling, yet family-friendly Halloween on Fort Rucker.

Even though Children’s Fest, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 25, has been canceled, the installation still has a host of events planned for people to get their Halloween fix.

Frite Nite

This year’s Frite Nite is bigger than ever with more than 230 volunteers signed up to help with the event, and Aida Stallings, business manager of the community recreation division, said this year’s event should be one of the scariest around.

This is an event that people should attend only if they’re ready for a proper night of horrors, she said.

People will hop on a trailer to take them down to the entrance of the Trail of Nightmares, a haunted cemetery, the boogie man’s home and a Maze of Screams.

The two-night event will start Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and the last trailer will run until 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the Riding Stables beginning at 6 p.m. each night for $12 per person (cash only). Food and beverages will be available for purchase at additional cost.

“We don’t recommend the trail for children under 12, but it’s at the discretion of their parents,” said Stallings. “Also, people should make sure to wear comfortable shoes because it is a walking event and should dress accordingly.”

For more information on Frite Night, call 598-3384.

Monster Bowl

Monster Bowl is another event returning to Fort Rucker for this year’s Halloween season, and this family-friendly event promises a night of spooky fun for the whole family after a night of trick-or-treating.

The Monster Bowl will be Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight and monsters and ghouls will prowl the lanes. There will be a costume contest held in three different age groups, and people can don their scariest costumes as they bowl through the night.

Cost for a lane is $66 for up to six people and includes unlimited bowling, prize pins, a 16-ounce beverage per person, and choice of burger, hot dog or flatbread pizza. Shoe rental is $2 per person.

Prizes will be given out through the night. For more information or to reserve a lane, call 255-9503.

Monster Bash

For a more grown-up experience, The Landing is hosting its Monster Bash Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight, and promises to be a night to remember.

“The Landing has prepared a blazing party for the Wiregrass’ party fiends,” said Sara Martin, operations assistant for Five Star Catering. “It is going to be a devil of a good time. With an intimate but spirited atmosphere, The Landing offers up a full-throttle nightlife experience that will make this Halloween night a thrill.”

The party is open to ages 18 and older, and will feature a disc jockey, live music by Los Locos, games and specials running all night.

People are encouraged to come dressed in their spookiest costumes and take part in the contest for a chance to get their hands on the grand prize – a three-day, two-night stay at in Panama City, Florida, and $250. There will also be prizes for second place, $200, and third place, $100.

“So drop off your children with a sitter after trick-or-treating and head to The Landing for some grown-up fun,” said Martin, adding that costumes are preferred, but not mandatory.

VIP packages are also available for purchase for parties who have 40 or more guests, which includes a private room with appetizers, a private bartender and exclusive access to the mezzanine overlooking the ballroom.

For more information, call 598-2426.

Spooky 5k

For those who want a little fitness during their Halloween season, the Spooky 5k, hosted by Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center, has just the ticket.

This year’s run will be Oct. 25 and start at 9 a.m., but participants are encouraged to don their scariest and most creative costumes for a costume contest at 8:15 a.m. Trophies will be given out for overall best costume, scariest costume and most original costume in both adult and children’s categories.

Registration for the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run until 8:45 a.m. After the 5k-run, a 1-mile fun run will be held, and all participants who take part will receive a medal.

For more information, call 255-2296.

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