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Built to Scare: Seabees' Mess Hosts Haunted House

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11/02/18

Story and photos by MC2 Michael Doan, PAO, NAF Atsugi

Being scared is not normally something a person looks forward to. Unless it is near Halloween. Sailors and their families at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi got to tour a haunted house hosted by Public Works Department’s Seabees’ Mess.

“We have a bunch of American service members’ kids out here in Japan,” said Manassas, Va., native Equipment Operator 2nd Class Birendra Adhikari, a member of the Seabees’ Mess. “They have been away from the states for a while and they don’t get to go out and experience Halloween like they would have been if they were still living in the U.S. I think that doing events like these helps with providing that ‘home away from home’ feeling.

You may not be stateside but you get to feel like you are.” Being overseas can often make it difficult to take part in certain traditions such as Halloween with the local community. But, plenty of thrill seekers got their chance to experience Halloween in a more traditional way via the haunted house.

“We have been preparing for this haunted house for a few weeks,” said Oakland, Calif., native Utilitiesman 1st Class Lester Morris Gaspar, a the Seabees’ Mess had a scare of their own. “It feels good to volunteer and give back to the community,” said Gaspar. “There was some worries that this year’s haunted house might have needed to be canceled because of the number of volunteers we needed to run the haunted house.”

Thankfully their scare was only momentary and the haunted house was able to commit to entertaining those living and working on NAF Atsugi as well as their guests. “The local community loved it,” said Adhikari. “We have people come from off base and get excited to go through our haunted house. I am glad we were able to have our haunted house again this year.”

Just as Halloween comes every year, the Seabees will continue their own tradition of entertaining the community each fall. member of the Seabees’ Mess. “This was my first duty station back in 2005 and we had haunted houses we did back then. I am not sure if it has been done every year but it is something that has almost become a tradition.”

Not only has Gaspar been involved in haunted houses at NAF Atsugi, but also some of his previous commands. “I know this is not the only duty station where the Seabees have put on a haunted house,” said Gaspar. “I was in Rota, Spain and we did one there as well. I think it has to do with our jobs and how our skillsets really come into play when building a haunted environment from scratch.”

The haunted house provided plenty of some frightful scares to those brave enough to visit, but the Seabees’ Mess had a scare of their own.

“It feels good to volunteer and give back to the community,” said Gaspar. “There was some worries that this year’s haunted house might have needed to be canceled because of the number of volunteers we needed to run the haunted house.”

Thankfully their scare was only momentary and the haunted house was able to commit to entertaining those living and working on NAF Atsugi as well as their guests. “The local community loved it,” said Adhikari. “We have people come from off base and get excited to go through our haunted house. I am glad we were able to have our haunted house again this year.”

Just as Halloween comes every year, the Seabees will continue their own tradition of entertaining the community each fall.  

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