The “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 hosted a Haunted Hangar celebration in their spaces aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Oct. 29. Families from VP-8 and neighboring squadrons gathered for an evening of fun and fright at the decorated hangar. The VP-8 Tiger Cub Committee, led by AZC Anishia Whitely, as well as aircrew and maintainers from throughout the squadron, contributed in organizing the successful event.
The Haunted Hangar featured activities for all ages and included decorated spaces with spooky themes to provide a maze of ghostly ambiance and frightening characters. In the hangar’s lower level, VP-8’s maintenance division hosted children’s activities, trick or treating and pizza. For those brave enough to venture upstairs, attendees entered a haunted house filled with terror. Continuing down the length of Hangar 511, VP-45 handed out candy to the guests, and VP-5 even offered hayrides in the hangar bay.
“The Haunted Hangar was a great time for my entire family,” said Lt. j.g. Jemar Galura, a VP-8 Fighting Tiger and father of two children. “My kids loved the chance to trick-or-treat at the hangar.”
VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Zac Stang, said “This has been a tradition at VP-8 for years, definitely dating back to our days aboard NAS Brunswick, Maine. It was extra special this year with VP-5 and VP-45 participating, so I want to thank the Mad Foxes and Pelicans for their contributions.”
In addition to the evening’s spooky activities, the squadron hosted a Pumpkin Carving earlier in the day, sponsored by the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decision (CSADD), headed by the squadron’s CSADD president, AWO2 Torri Dykstra. The evening concluded with the awarding of prizes for the best-dressed children’s costumes.