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Cindy Soto poses with one of the decorations she plans to put up in the Galaxy Club as part of its Halloween festivities later this month.

Cindy Soto poses with one of the decorations she plans to put up in the Galaxy Club as part of its Halloween festivities later this month. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)

Cindy Soto is looking to set a spooky mood with boxes of decorations for this year’s Halloween events inside the Galaxy Club on RAF Mildenhall.

Soto, a procurement clerk, is in charge of gathering prizes and decorating both the club’s Halloween Bash and Halloween Family Night later this month in honor of the scariest holiday.

The decorations shouldn’t frighten anyone out of the place, she said, but will help provide a festive atmosphere for the two events that were popular last year.

The adults-only Halloween Bash is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free to Air Force club members and is $5 for nonmembers. The family night is scheduled for 5 to 8 on Monday. Prices are $7.95 for adults with a $1 discount to club members. Children cost $1.

Both events include prizes for the best costumes, giveaways and live DJs.

What’s this Halloween Bash all about?

It’s at the bar. It’s a costume party for adults only. I think the biggest thing people get out of it is dressing up and the giveaways. I’ve heard that it can get really packed.

What will the prize be for best-dressed?

It depends. We’ll get DVD players and stuff like that. Kids can get toys for best-dressed and each kid will receive a goody bag.

How about the atmosphere for the family night?

A lot of people show up for all of our regular family nights. Kids enjoy themselves and they leave with a smile on their face. More than 50 people showed up to last year’s Halloween event.

Were there any cute costumes that kids wore at last year’s event?

Kids always look adorable in costumes. There was a scarecrow, clowns, mummies and witches. There was this one kid who went as the headless horseman. That one was pretty cool. His head was in his hand. He won the contest.

What do you personally like about Halloween?

I like dressing up. I’m going as Elvira this year.

What’s your favorite Halloween moment?

I remember trick or treating and getting scared. There was this one guy who looked like a dummy, sitting in a chair with a bowl of candy. As we approached the door, he jumped up and scared us. [laughing]

Do you know of any haunted places on base?

No.

Are you a ghost believer?

Yes, I am.

Have you seen one before?

I have. It happened when I was a kid. I saw something in my attic and it wasn’t my imagination. We lived in a haunted house. [laughing]

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