MCAS BEAUFORT, S.C. --
Halloween is traditionally a time for goblins and ghouls, and trick-or-treating is the typical thing-to-do on Oct. 31. But, for those who do not celebrate this time of year with vampire and Frankenstein costumes, the Air Station offers an alternative for the children.
Fightertown will be holding its 3rd Annual Fall Festival Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel’s parking lot as a substitute to the conventional trick-or-treating.
The festival will be free to all service members, Civilian Marines and their families.
“This night will be for those looking for something to do on a weeknight who do not trick-or-treat,” said Beth Huston, the festival coordinator for the Air Station. “Halloween is not celebrated by everyone and for those who do not celebrate it, this festival is held so they do not feel left out.”
The festival will have all kinds of free food, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and candy apples, and games for everyone. Children will be able to win prizes at any of the festival’s games.
Tux the Clown, a local entertainer, will also be there, Huston said.
“(Tux) loves to come out and support anything that is going on in the community, especially the military community, so we will be really appreciative that he will be coming,” Huston said. “He will also be coming with volunteers who will be at the festival for face-painting.”
In her first year as the festival coordinator, Huston said the festival drew a crowd of around 500 people, and she is hoping this year for either the same amount of people or more.
“This will be a time for people to come together because this festival will represent unity between the military and civilians,” said Willa Fields, the Protestant director of religious education at the Chapel.
A big sponsor of the festival will be the Marine Corps Air Station Credit Union, along with Marine Corps Family Team Building at the Air Station.
The Provost Marshals Office, Marines with the Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 and Catholic and Protestant members of the Chapel have been volunteering for the festival, Fields said.
“I am looking for the festival to have a great turnout,” Huston said. “We are advertising the festival much earlier this year than we did last year, so we are expecting lots of people to come out and have a nice time.”