Haunted Maze full of thrills

Clowns were a big part of the Haunted Maze, the Halloween event at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, Friday, Oct. 26. From left, CM2 Tracy Harris of the Naval Construction Training Center, Deegan Villanueva, an 8-year-old member of NBVC's Seals Swim Team, and EACA Casey Smith of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, get ready to jump out of a giant box to scare people making their way through the maze.

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Clowns were a big part of the Haunted Maze, the Halloween event at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, Friday, Oct. 26. From left, CM2 Tracy Harris of the Naval Construction Training Center, Deegan Villanueva, an 8-year-old member of NBVC's Seals Swim Team, and EACA Casey Smith of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, get ready to jump out of a giant box to scare people making their way through the maze.

HM3 Nonito Niebres of Naval Branch Health Clinic, Port Hueneme.

HM3 Nonito Niebres of Naval Branch Health Clinic, Port Hueneme.

Marisa Enriquez, a professional makeup artist who specializes in special effects for a Carpinteria costume company, turns CE3 Paul LeRay of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 into a clown. He would spend the next several hours inside the Haunted Maze — on stilts.

Marisa Enriquez, a professional makeup artist who specializes in special effects for a Carpinteria costume company, turns CE3 Paul LeRay of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 into a clown. He would spend the next several hours inside the Haunted Maze — on stilts.

CE3 Paul LeRay of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, with makeup complete.

CE3 Paul LeRay of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, with makeup complete.

CECN Justin Crozier of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

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CECN Justin Crozier of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

Jennifer Pargas, whose dad is FCCM Alfredo Pargas of Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, fixes a neck screw on Frankenstein, a heavily made-up CM1 Efrain Vega of NMCB 5.

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Jennifer Pargas, whose dad is FCCM Alfredo Pargas of Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, fixes a neck screw on Frankenstein, a heavily made-up CM1 Efrain Vega of NMCB 5.

CECN Jude Zamor of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

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CECN Jude Zamor of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

Karlissa and HM2 Michael Ortiguero try to persuade their 4-year-old, Michael Jr., to continue through the Haunted Maze, but the clowns were getting the better of him.

Karlissa and HM2 Michael Ortiguero try to persuade their 4-year-old, Michael Jr., to continue through the Haunted Maze, but the clowns were getting the better of him.

No one walked too close to the tarp walls, many of which had convenient holes were creatures like this would make an appearance.

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No one walked too close to the tarp walls, many of which had convenient holes were creatures like this would make an appearance.

EACR Victoria Thompson of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

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EACR Victoria Thompson of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

UT2 Dustin Kriz of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 gets a gory wound, courtesy of Jennifer Pargas, whose father, Alfredo, is a master chief fire controlman with Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division.

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UT2 Dustin Kriz of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 gets a gory wound, courtesy of Jennifer Pargas, whose father, Alfredo, is a master chief fire controlman with Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division.

BUCR Kenneth Howard of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

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BUCR Kenneth Howard of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

Just like the Big Bad Wolf, Santa Ana winds huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow down the Haunted Maze at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.

As a result, 250 people visited Friday, Oct. 26, for the Scaredy-Cat tour and 300 more walked through after dark for Fright Night.

This was the first year for the maze, which was set up behind the Aquatics Center, home for many years to the Haunted Swamp, where visitors crossed the decorated pool in a boat pulled along by divers from Underwater Construction Team 2.

Limited access to the pool this year forced Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to come up with an alternative, and the high winds almost forced a complete shutdown.

“We had to delay the opening by an hour while we fixed everything the winds had torn down,” explained head lifeguard Drew Isais. “Props had fallen down, the tarp walls were ripped off, even some of the hay bales that made up the maze had fallen over.”

He said winds had been clocked at 40 to 50 mph that afternoon.

Safety officials checked out the maze and gave the OK for everything to open shortly before 5 p.m.

More than 60 volunteers had worked for a week creating the scary scenes inside, and many were on hand that night dressed in costumes and wearing heavy makeup to become clowns, zombies, Frankenstein and gory creatures drenched in “blood.”

“Scaring people is fun,” said Construction Electrician Constructionman Justin Crozier of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, who was dressed as a cowboy zombie and stood guard in a graveyard.

At one sharp turn just past the hay bales, visitors were greeted by several clowns jumping out of a wooden box.

“Here, you look like you could use a hand,” shouted Engineering Aide Construction Apprentice Casey Smith of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 as he tossed a fake severed arm to a family walking by.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Nonito Niebres of the Naval Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme emerged from a dark corner wearing a mask and wielding weapons caked with “blood.”

He happily posed for a photo, then remembered he was wearing a mask.

“Why am I smiling?” he asked.

Children’s reaction to the Haunted Maze ranged from sheer terror to rolling eyes.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Ortiguero joked that he probably wouldn’t be nominated Parent of the Year as he pulled his screaming 4-year-old past the displays.

Eight-year-old Victoria Truong, the daughter of Builder 2nd Class Marlin Llaneza of the 31st Seabee Readiness Group, kept her composure, but her 6-year-old sister, Angelina, clung to her dad as they made their way through, even turning away from a clown who tried to high-five her.

But minutes later, both girls were just fine, happily playing basketball at the carnival set up just outside the tarps, where Family Readiness Groups, local teen centers and MWR had set up games and food booths.

“I’m glad to be helping out,” said volunteer Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Robert Robertson of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, Point Mugu Detachment. “It’s something for the kids to do this Halloween — and I’m all about Halloween.”

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