20th FSS hosts annual Boo Bash

Team Shaw members hand out candy to children at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017.

Team Shaw members hand out candy to children at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017. During the annual Boo Bash, members of the Shaw community decorated car trunks to pass out candy to children during a “trunk-or-treat” event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

A Team Shaw member takes a picture of a child sitting in a firetruck during the ninth annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017.

A Team Shaw member takes a picture of a child sitting in a firetruck during the ninth annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017. The event provided an opportunity for families to spend time together and bond over the Halloween holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

A Team Shaw member interacts with a child during the “trunk-or-treat” portion of the annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017.

A Team Shaw member interacts with a child during the “trunk-or-treat” portion of the annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017. The Boo Bash is a community Halloween celebration featuring various family-friendly games and events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department hand out candy to a Team Shaw child at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department hand out candy to a Team Shaw child at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017. Units from around base gathered candy and decorated vehicles to participate in the annual Boo Bash Halloween celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

Team Shaw children play a game at the ninth annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017.

Team Shaw children play a game at the ninth annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017. During the event, families played a variety of Halloween-themed games, celebrating the holiday with their base community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

A Team Shaw family trick-or-treats at the ninth annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017.

A Team Shaw family trick-or-treats at the ninth annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017. The event featured “trunk-or-treating” as well as a Halloween costume contest, which included categories for various age groups and a family category. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

Team Shaw members wait in a line for the annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017.

Team Shaw members wait in a line for the annual Boo Bash at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 28, 2017. Approximately 4,000 people arrived to celebrate Halloween during the community event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Force Support Squadron hosted the ninth annual Boo Bash at the Shaw Lanes Bowling Center parking lot, Oct. 28.

The event provided a festive environment for Team Shaw families to celebrate Halloween and “trunk-or-treat” with the on-base community.

“The Boo Bash brings the community together in a safe environment,” said Deborah MacQueen, 20th FSS youth director. “In youth programs, everything we do is about the safety of the children. You know where the candy comes from. It’s an event where you can celebrate with trick-or-treating still but more in a fall festival way. It’s fun and the kids aren’t going door-to-door where you don’t know what to expect.”

The trick-or-treating tradition was carried on during the event via “trunk-or-treating,” where units around base decorated their vehicles and handed out candy, donated by the 20th FSS and the respective units, from a line of approximately 30 trunks.

Families could also participate in Halloween-themed games and a costume contest.

“We came last year and we had a lot of fun,” said Savannah Coker, Team Shaw spouse and attendee of this year’s Boo Bash. “It was an opportunity to have (my child) come out during the day and have her dress up and interact with some of the other families … I have some really great memories of Halloween from when I was a kid and I wanted to give Josephine the same experience.”

Around 4,000 individuals attended and more than 75 volunteered for the Boo Bash, one of the many 20th FSS annual events which aim to support families and raise morale. For information about upcoming 20th FSS events, visit www.20thfss.com.