CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- Service members, civilians, and Korean nationals participated in the 65th Medical Brigade’s annual haunted house at the Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital parking garage, Oct. 21.
Staff Sgt. John Powell, information technology specialist, 502nd Field Hospital, organized the event as a way to create unity in the Camp Humphreys community.
He said he was able to create a terrifying haunted-house experience for patrons by enlisting the help of students from Humphreys High School. Victoria Manning, Humphreys High School drama teacher, said this was the third year her students volunteered for the haunted house.
“I enjoy scaring people and working with my drama kids - they love to scare and act,” said Manning. “This event looks way better this year. You can tell a lot of effort was put into it and was well planned out.”
Haunted house actors spent the day preparing for the arrivals of families, children and the rest of the community: Spiders hung from the ceilings; cannibals caged their lunch; creatures crawled from televisions; fashion designers brought their mannequins to life; and participants ran through the rooms screaming.
Staff Sgt. Billie Jean Foster, a medical laboratory technician with 65th Medical Brigade, said her favorite part of volunteering was decorating the kill room like the television show Dexter. She said she was excited because this year turned out better than last year. There were more terror actors and more effort in decorating. Also, the numbers of participants was at an all-time high with more than 50 participants.
Even though the haunted house faced numerous obstacles, Foster said they were able to overcome them with funding and the support of the participants/scarers.