23d CES gets spooky, gives back

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  • By Airman 1st Class Taryn Butler
  • 23d Wing Public Affairs

Since 1978, Moody’s civil engineers have taken what the Air Force has taught them and given back to the base and community.

The 23d Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) is hosting the 40th Moooody Haunted House Oct. 25, 26 and 31 in Valdosta, Ga.

“This year marks the 40th year the CES has put on the haunted house,” said Tech. Sgt. Donald Armond, 23d CES structural supervisor. “Helping with the haunted house is a way for me to carry on the Moody tradition and share my gratitude for the community. The CES takes prides in our construction ability and we always love sharing our passion with the community.”

Although the 23d CES puts the event on, people from Moody and the local community volunteer to help the squadron get to the final result.

“The construction aspect is normally ran by the structures shop, because that is their expertise, but everyone has a critical role in the success of the haunted house,” said Armond. “On average, it takes nearly 1,000 volunteer hours to construct and run the haunted house. It costs nearly $5,000 for the materials and decorations, and requires a minimum of 24 volunteers per night to operate the haunted house.”

The haunted house offers a way for the squadron to show appreciation for the local community and their support for Moody by providing a fun event for all ages.

“We offer 3,200 square feet of scares along with concessions and local vendors,” Armond said. “By using our skills in engineering, we are able to provide Team Moody and the community an opportunity to have a fun evening with their families and friends. It is hard work constructing the haunted house, but it is all worth it when you see the genuine fear in the guests’ faces.”

Located just north of the Quiet Pines housing gate, the haunted house is open from 5-7 p.m. for the kids’ haunted house, which costs $5, and 7-10 p.m. for the adult run, which costs $10.