GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Seabee base in Gulfport was transformed into a true Halloween town Friday night for its annual Fright Night, but this year's event took on a old-school theme.
Thousands of costumed kiddies and their parents showed up, gathering in the base's Ladd Circle, which served as the epicenter for a medieval Halloween festival. This year, event organizers decided to take things back in time, giving the night a Renaissance theme.
"Usually, we expect about 4,000 people to come out," said organizer J.J. Atkinson. "Seventy-thousand pieces of candy will be handed out over the night."
"The turnout.. I haven't seen this many people in a while," said attendee Destanie Stone.
Aside from the candy, a haunted maze served as the night's main attraction.
"We've planned for about six months out, but all week long, building up with the help of the Seabees and NWR staff, getting the haunted maze built," said Atkinson.
And all of their hard work did not disappoint.
"We went to the maze, which is funny because I'm geographically challenged," said attendee Nyree Williams. "So getting in a maze was kind of interesting."
Plenty of other fun activities were also offered, including a hayride, several games, a costume contest, plenty of food, and an outdoor movie.
Aside from all the fun the event served as a "safe" place for families to enjoy Halloween.