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Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Mosley, from the 86th Construction and Training Squadron, insures guests find their way through the haunted tent city last weekend outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany's west gate.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Mosley, from the 86th Construction and Training Squadron, insures guests find their way through the haunted tent city last weekend outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany's west gate. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Mosley, from the 86th Construction and Training Squadron, insures guests find their way through the haunted tent city last weekend outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany's west gate.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Mosley, from the 86th Construction and Training Squadron, insures guests find their way through the haunted tent city last weekend outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany's west gate. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

enwAir Force Staff Sgt. Kenton Lewis, an electrical engineer instructor from the 86th Construction and Training Squadron, seeks to surprise eager visitors to the haunted tent city.

enwAir Force Staff Sgt. Kenton Lewis, an electrical engineer instructor from the 86th Construction and Training Squadron, seeks to surprise eager visitors to the haunted tent city. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Tech. Sgt. Tristan Ward, a volunteer from U. S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters, strikes fear into visitors of the haunted tent city. The 86th Construction and Training Squadron hosts the annual event which donated more than $24,000 last year to local community programs.

Tech. Sgt. Tristan Ward, a volunteer from U. S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters, strikes fear into visitors of the haunted tent city. The 86th Construction and Training Squadron hosts the annual event which donated more than $24,000 last year to local community programs. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Through the thick, synthetic fog and nervous blinking strobe lights, airmen and civilians from the 86th Construction and Training Squadron go out of their way to make you scared during the Halloween season. Their haunted tent city located just outside the Ramstein Air Base’s west gate has become a tradition for the Kaiserslautern military community.

The squadron dedicates weeks to prepare for the event, which has become very popular with local nationals as well. One major draw is an abundance of American-style food and candy that is for sale in the waiting area while classic horror flicks play in the background, getting revelers in the mood.

The event is not just for scares. According to Staff Sgt. Jamaal Cottrell, a services combat training instructor and this year’s event coordinator, the CTS donates a portion of its profits every year to the local community.

“Over the last couple of years we donated more than $20,000 to local charities, scholarships and a memorial fund for a fallen comrade [killed in Iraq],” Cottrell said.

Sound like a good way to spend the evening? Find a sitter for the young children — the haunted tent city is not recommended for children under the age of 12 — and head over to the CTS training compound. The event runs Friday through Sunday and Wednesday, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $5 or 5 euros.

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