FORT HOOD, Texas – Scary ghosts, knee-high zombies and cute little witches took up residence in a hangar on Fort Hood Army Air Field, for one night, Oct. 30.
The hangar played host to the 41st Fires Brigade’s trunk or treat event when the weather threatened this spooky night before it even started.
Despite the threat of rain, families packed into the hanger where instead of decorating the trunk of their car or back of an SUV they set up tables and moved everything but the vehicles inside.
The event was put together for soldiers’ children in the brigade as a way to give back to them.
“The kids really had a blast,” said Spc. Alex Young, a signal support system specialist with 324th Network Support Company and native of Buckholts, Texas. “There was plenty of fun stuff to do, not only trick-or-treating but there was a jump house, games and balloons. It was really great.”
For the older crowd there was a haunted hallway, music and candy, but the event’s target audience was the kids.
“Even though they [children] didn’t enlist, even though their other parent didn’t enlist, they are still a part of the Army just as much as anyone else,” said Master Sgt. Chad Johnston, the brigade planning and operations noncommissioned officer from Fontana, Calif. “They are still part of the Army Family and we want to ensure that they know the Army loves them.”
The event was originally to be held in the 41st Fires Bde. parking lot before the weather forecast made a move necessary. Thanks to the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade the event was able to continue.
“We want them [the children] to see that even though they are the child of a soldier or a relative of a soldier, that they are still important,” said Johnston. “They are still a part of something bigger.”