FORT STEWART, Ga. - Ghouls, monsters, and zombies were seen lurking throughout the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division last week, as battalion's throughout the brigade celebrated the Halloween and Fall Festivities with multiple events for Soldiers and Families.

Whether it was 1st Battalion, 64th Armor's 'Trunk-or-Treat' or 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry's Fall Festival to even the appropriately named 'Tank-or-Treat,' held by 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry; the Spartan Brigade provided a fun and safe environment for Soldiers and Families to celebrate the Fall season.

"We just wanted to do something a little bit different this year, instead of just having kids go around door to door trick-or-treating, we thought it would be fun to have the kids come and see what their parents do and let the Soldiers dress up the tanks for Halloween as well," said Capt. Daniel Dubov, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1/30th Inf.

Each of the Spartan Brigade Units provided more than just candy for the kids; whether it was face painting, puppet shows, or costume contests, according to Capt. Dubov.

However, for Pfc. Allen Austin, 3/7 Cavalry, his wife Sara Austin, and three children, Elijah age 7, Ezekiel age 3, and Ezra age 1, their favorite part of the Fall Festivities, besides the hay-rides for the kids, was the 3/7 Cavalry's 'Haunted House.'

"Maybe a little biased but our favorite part was the Haunted House, even though the kids got a little scared they want to go again, which is great because everyone put a lot of work into it,"
Pfc. Austin said.

"Oh yeah this whole thing has been great for the kids," agreed Sara Austin. "Even though it's been a lot of work, from the Soldiers to the Family Readiness Group there were a lot of hours into putting this together; but it was worth it for the kids."

For most of the events, the planning and coordinating would have not been possible without the help of the Family Readiness Group, stated Capt. Dubov.

"The FRG was absolutely key to putting the event together, each company had their event to put together, and without the support of the Families it could not have come together like it did," Capt. Dubov said.