The Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area Paintball Course has been overtaken by witches, clowns and Mama’s creepy part animal, part human creations.

Adventure Programs has really gone out of their way to make the very first BLORA haunted house an immersive and frightening experience.

Abigail Crosby, program manager for Adventure Programs, is running the show and she was excited to create an event that lots of people can experience.

“We’ve been wanting to do it since last year,” Crosby said. “We did zombie paintball last year, which was awesome, but you really bottleneck who your audience is going to be because people don’t want to get shot. So, we decided to open it up to an actual haunted house so lots of people can come.”

Crosby was grateful to all of the Adventure Program team members, Soldiers, and students that have come out to volunteer at the event.

“Shout out to Go Dawg Nation. Copperas Cove High School. We’ve had their football team one night. We’ve had avid kids from them. They’ve filled in a lot of our volunteer spots, as well as a lot of the Soldiers, and the Adventure Programs team,” Crosby said.

Each section of the experience has its own startling elements, but Crosby admitted she finds the forest section to be the most frightening.

“Walking through those woods, they’re pretty creepy in the daytime, so walking through them at night is pretty rough,” Crosby said.

The forest at Oh What a Nightmare is where Mama’s creations live and several witches wait to cast a spell on anyone who dares to pass by.

Cindy Burton, with outdoor recreation, volunteers as a witch for Oh What a Nightmare and believes that it is a good experience that’s different and can get your heart pumping.

 “I think it’s great for people to go out and have something fun to do that can be intense,”  Burton said. “It’s an adventure. They don’t know what to expect and it’s apart from your typical Saturday night. It’s great when Fort Hood has these programs that get people out and doing things on Fort Hood.”

If you make it past Burton and her witchy friends, you’ll find yourself in the ghost town of Pintucky. Once in town, unfortunate travelers come face to face with the prisoner, played by Spc. Matthew Cornett, 937th Clearance Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade. Hopefully his restraints hold.

“I like giving back to the community itself. I’m also able to get volunteer hours,” Cornett said.

Cornett added that Oh What a Nightmare gives younger privates, that are fresh out of training, AIT or coming back from a deployment something fun to do.

Oh What a Nightmare will be held Oct. 25-26 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cost per person is $10. The prisoner and the witches love meeting new people and as long as you make it to the ticket booth by 10:30 p.m., Mama will make sure to leave the light on for you.  

For more information, visit https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/oh-what-nightmare-haunted-house/3566100/44427 or call 254-317-5350.