Zom-BEES Haunt Hawaii
Hawaii Seabees open annual haunted warehouse to service members and families
Hawaii may not seem like a very scary place to visit, but somewhere on Pearl Harbor there is a butcher wearing the dead carcass of a pig's head, and he's scaring the locals.
Welcome to the Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303's annual haunted warehouse.
"We rely on volunteers to help lay out a floor plan, build it, come up with a theme and play roles in the actual event," said Steelworker 2nd Class William Baird, attached to Naval Facilities Engineering Command. "Last year's theme was 'Creepy Carnival;' this year has an 'Out of the Movies'-type of theme to include an axe man, chainsaw massacre and a butcher, just to name a few."
Several participants wore masks, face paint, fake blood, elaborate costumes and staged themselves along the darkened hallways to enhance the visitors' experiences as they navigated the creative set-up.
"It's great being part of this because you get to play somebody else," said Builder 2nd Class Roland Palacios. "Also, there's the chance to scare somebody, maybe make a few kids cry, but keeping everyone safe while showing them a good time."
The warehouse is small enough that newcomers hear the reactions of the groups ahead of them going through as they navigated pitch-black rooms filled with fake blood, monsters and strobe lights.
"I still feel nervous. It was a great experience," said Ilaria DeSantis, who was experiencing her very first haunted house experience. "The actors impersonated their parts very well, and my children were terrified but had a great time regardless.
I highly recommend coming. It's well-worth the price!" Baird said the opening weekend was a great success, and was looking forward to the following weekend as Halloween approaches and more guests are expected to visit the haunted warehouse.
"The support we've seen so far has been great. The event has been going very well, and already we are succeeding in our goal of raising money for the Seabee ball," said Baird. "Anytime you can put a group of people together and achieve success, that in itself is awarding. A lot of thought gets put into the Seabee ball each year, and just knowing we've helped in some small way is an honor of its own. It honors our heritage knowing that we do things like this to celebrate the Seabee name.