Get Into the ‘Spooky Spirit’ with Fort Leonard Wood Halloween Events | Article

Going from station to station, Belle (Lacie McMillin), helps the kids read “Room on the Broom” before heading inside for a spin or a treat with the library staff on the storytelling walk. ‘Halloween 2016 from the Bruce C. Clarke Library. This year, attendees will read “How to Scare a Ghost” by Jean Reagan.
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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – The leaves are changing; the weather is getting colder; and cobwebs and pumpkins overrun people’s yards and porches.

Halloween is getting closer, and Fort Leonard Wood has several events planned to get the whole family into “spooky spirit.”

The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Branch is delighted to offer a variety of events this year, said FMWR Marketing Manager Nia Dickinson.

“We have something for all ages,” she says. “We look forward to seeing the community come out and enjoy these events, spend time together and make new friends.”

FMWR events include:

  • scary movie series, 4 p.m. Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25 and Oct. 27 at the Bruce C. Clarke Library. Movies rated PG will show in the Kids Room and movies rated PG-13 will show in the Community Room. All ages are welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call the library at 573.563.4113 for movie titles. This event is free.
  • zombie paintball, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 21 at the Outdoor Adventure Center. The event is open to ages 15 and up. The cost is $45 per person and includes equipment rental, 500 paintballs and a commemorative t-shirt. Register here.
  • Pumpkin Hunt Archery Contest, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 22 at the OAC. The event is open to ages 10 and up. The cost is $25 per person. Register online here or in person at the OAC by October 20. Call 573.596.4223 for more information.
  • BOSS Haunted House, 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29 at Bldg. 709. This event is open to anyone with access to Fort Leonard Wood and is suitable for ages 10 and up. The cost is $2 per person. All proceeds will go to the Fort Leonard Wood Better Opportunities for Single Service Members program.
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest, October 18-26 at the Bruce C. Clarke Library. The library will begin accepting submissions at its circulation desk on October 18, and the winner will be announced during StoryWalk on October 26. The contest is open to all ages. Pumpkins must be painted; carved pumpkins will not be accepted. There is no cost to participate.
  • Halloween Story Walk, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 26 at the Bruce C. Clarke Library. Children can dress up and stroll past the library reading the book “How to Scare a Ghost” by Jean Reagan. The march will be directly followed by an interior tour and a costume contest at 4:30 p.m. This event is free.
  • National Pumpkin Day Coloring Contest, October 26. Print out the coloring page found here and post it to FMWR’s Facebook page to be entered to win. The winner will be chosen on October 26. This event is free.
  • Bowling X-tremely Spooktacular, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on October 29 at the Daugherty Bowling Center. Dress up for a chance to win prizes. The cost is $2 per game. Price does not include shoe rental, which is $3.
  • Spooky Dodgeball, 9 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the Davidson Fitness Center. Dress up to win a prize. Open to 18 years and over. The cost is $20 per team of four. Register at DFC or by calling 573.596.4359 before October 26.

In addition to FMWR events, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood’s Trunk-or-Treat event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 28 at the Main Exchange, and will include games, trunk or treatment and music by the 399th Army Band Rock Band “The Roughriders”. All ages are welcome. This event is free.

In addition, trick-or-treating in the housing areas of Fort Leonard Wood is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 31, and General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital is hosting candy x-ray from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the radiology department.

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