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Weekend Pass

Enter, if you dare

The Haunted Forest, Zombie Ranch await

Published: 02:55PM October 25th, 2012
Enter, if you dare

Capt. Michael Greenberger

The annual Theatrical Nightmare returns this weekend behind Nelson Recreation Center on JBLM Lewis Main.

Prepare to be scared.

The Theatrical Nightmare returns this weekend with the Zombie Ranch on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The annual live Halloween event produced by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Better Opportunities for Single Service Members, opened Thursday and has shows today and tomorrow. The Zombie Ranch is located behind Nelson Recreation Center on 2nd Division Drive on Lewis Main.

“It’s something to do to celebrate Halloween,” David Francis, recreation assistant at Nelson, said. “Especially for Soldiers and Family members who are on JBLM from somewhere else. It’s something to do so they’re not at home.”

From 7 to 9 p.m. guests stroll through the ranch haunted by live actors. Guests are led through by guides and their reactions become part of the show in the interactive theater. For those not quite ready for an ultimate fright, they can enjoy the theater during a not-so-scary time Saturday at 3 to 6 p.m. when the actors take off their masks.

Haunted Forest opens today at McChord Field

The 627th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Haunted Forest opens today and runs through Sunday, and is also open for scares Halloween day.

The event is open to children from 6 to 7 p.m. and adults from 7 to 10 p.m. The first hour open to children allows participants to walk through the forest without anyone jumping out or anything too scary. The scary stuff comes out from 7 to 10 p.m. when participants walk through nine different tent areas set up in the dark woods.

“You can expect boarded windows to be ripped off, you can expect loud noises and chainsaws, dark uncomfortable places and being scared,” Airman 1st Class Edward Crowell said. “It’s pretty in-depth.

The event is a fundraising event for the 627th CES Booster Club.

If you go


What: Zombie Ranch

Where: Behind Nelson Rec Center, Lewis Main

Dates: Oct. 26 and 27

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 (13 and older), $7 (under 12)

Not-so-scary: Oct. 27

Time: 3 to 6 p.m.

Entry: $2


What: Haunted Forest

Where: McChord Field, Lincoln Blvd. and Outer Drive

When: Oct. 26 to 28, and 31

Time: 6 to 7 p.m. (children), 7 to 10 p.m. (adults)

Cost: $5 (kids under five free)