FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- People shrieked as chainsaws roared, cutting through fog to reveal gory scenes - and all in the name of a good cause.

The annual Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Haunted House scared about 1,100 attendees and collected more than 2,500 canned food items for the post food locker Oct. 23.

Attractions included 10 haunted stations, with themes like chainsaw massacres, graveyards, horror movies and scary clowns.

About 100 volunteers manned the event, held at Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility for the first time.

"People will get more than in previous years. It's bigger and better with more people involved," said Jonathon Dunham, BOSS president. "This allows Soldiers to help other Soldiers (through the food donations)."

CW2 Aaron Foster recently arrived here from Katterbach, Germany, and said he brought his son, Austin, 5, to the event as a way to celebrate Halloween and meet new friends.

"It's good Family fun. It shows the fun side of the Army," said Staff Sgt. Allen Coleman, of B Company, 1st Battalion, 223rd Aviation Regiment.

"It was my first time at a haunted house, and I wanted to see what was going on," said his wife, Cacil. "I got scared."

Some civilians also participated, and said they thought the open-to-the-public event bonded Fort Rucker and the Wiregrass.

"It's important because it gets the community involved. We all come together for the event," said Jeremiah Jackson, a Dothan resident.

Attendees voted for their favorite scary station, with 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion's "Horror Movies" theme taking top honors.

A first-time pumpkin decorating contest was also held in conjunction with the haunted house. Reese Fletcher won in the 6- to 10-year old category, and husband and wife team Luke and Tabitha Flanders took top honors for adults.

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