Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Desert Haunted House

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Desert Haunted House

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The first MWR Haunted House was held seven years ago at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. The event was originated by the Youth Activities Center personnel as a project for the children and staff to do together with the intention that all base personnel could visit the Haunted House for a safe and fun Halloween.

Originally, volunteers from units and the base all worked together on the house as a whole. Two years ago, MWR began to recruit groups of people to "haunt" individual rooms within the house. These groups could determine their own theme and corresponding decor. They would also staff and decorate the rooms themselves. The entire Haunted House concept was expanded to receive special event status.

Rooms were added to accommodate carnival games, and the "Pumpkin Patch," an area for children who were not old enough to tour the house. Haunted House patrons completed a "Boo Ballot" after the tour, to cast their vote for the scariest room. The first, second and third place winners received cash prizes. …

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