By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterOctober 15, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 11, 2012) -- The spookiest time of year is on the way and Fort Rucker has scheduled events and festivities for the community to enjoy.
From haunted houses to children's craft events, Fort Rucker is providing festivities for the faint of heart, as well as terror and adrenaline junkies.
For those who want to enjoy Halloween traditions without too much fright there are several children's activities throughout the month.
The Fort Rucker Riding Stables holds its annual Children's Fall Festival Oct. 27 from noon to 2 p.m.
The stables will have 20 games geared towards young children, each game costing $1 or one ticket each. Tickets can be purchased at a booth on site.
"There will be a winner every time for the children's games," said Leda Green, program manager of the riding stables, adding that the game attendants are volunteers from the Warrant Officer Career College.
The festival will also have pony and horse rides, large inflatables, a costume contest and a clown with a rideable train.
The event is recommended for children 10 years old and younger, and children are encouraged to bring candy buckets to place their prizes in.
"The festival gives people a Family day. Civilian and military Families are both welcome because it's hard to find things for little kids to do this time of year," she said.
The Center Library also hosts an event for younger ghouls Oct. 16 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Halloween craft activity encourages children to read," said Gail McCarthy, Center Library technician. "Reading opens their eyes, and this event shows parents and children the opportunities at the library."
The event is only open to library patrons and is geared towards children between the ages of 3-11.
"There will be light concessions and we would love for all the children to wear costumes," said McCarthy, adding that all the materials for the decorative foam Halloween craft will be provided.
"The event is free but seating is limited for the first 65 children. To register, parents must call the Center Library at 255-3885 or physically stop in," she said.
The Spooky 5k is another occasion where the community can participate in a terror-free environment.
"The Spooky 5k is Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. at the Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility. Registration forms are available at both PFFs and online at www.ftruckermwr.com/recreation/physical-fitness-facilities," said Kristi Fink, fitness programs manager.
Registration for the run is $20 until Oct. 20 and $25 after. The fee includes a T-shirt, while supplies last.
Runners can register for $12 if they do not want a shirt and teams of eight can register for $100.
Sports, fitness and aquatics organizes the event each year, in which the public and all ages are encouraged to participate.
"There is a costume contest with several categories like adult, child, scariest, best overall and most original," she said. "All of our fitness events promote health and fitness, while having fun. Everyone is encouraged to participate-- there's nothing wrong with some healthy competition," she said.
BOSS Haunted House
For those brave enough to face the terror of All Hallows Eve, Fort Rucker delivers a cauldron full of fears.
The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers will host its annual Haunted House at the Fortenberry-Colton PFF Oct. 20 from 6-10 p.m.