Fort Riley, Kansas



Halloween bash at Custer Hill Bowling Alley

By Suet Lee-Growney | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | November 03, 2017

     Custer Hill Bowling Center threw a Halloween edition cos­tume party Oct. 28.

     Andrea Ruiz, assistant busi­ness manager at the bowling al­ley, said apart from the specials attendees received at the cos­tume party for bowling and the newly opened and still growing tailgate zone, there was also a DJ to amp up the fun.

     “We’re just going to listen to music and have fun,” she said. “Our tailgate area is more or less yard games brought in­doors. We have something that is called ‘fowling,’ which is a combination of football and bowling. We also have corn­hole, we have a giant Jenga set, we have a rubber bowling set for kids to use just to kind of learn their steps up to bowling and also have a ring toss game. Eventually we will get to add a new game in each month.”

     For children who attended dressed in Halloween outfits, there was a best costume com­petition. Ruiz said the contest was divided into two catego­ries and the staff at Custer Hill would then vote on the best dressed kid.

     “We’re going to judge based on age groups 5 and younger and then 6 and older and just have two contests that way and give out (gift) certifi­cates,” Ruiz said.

     Among the kids who vied for best costume were Spc. Rodney McDonald, 1st At­tack Reconnaissance Battal­ion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; chil­dren, Blake, 8; Ryleigh, 4, and Easton, 2. McDonald’s wife, Jessica, said she attend the function after seeing an adver­tisement about it.

     “I read about the event in the newspaper that came out yesterday and my hus­band had been before during in-processing, but we hadn’t brought the kids,” Julie said. “(The kids) like bowling back home in North Carolina and we thought we’d bring them out for the Halloween event tonight.”

     The McDonalds have only been stationed at Fort Riley a little over a month and Ju­lie said she has been very im­pressed with how much goes on around post. They decided to go with the complete bowl­ing package offered that eve­ning so they could enjoy the tailgate zone, and added she’s excited about what the tailgate zone will continue to offer in the future.

     “Every weekend they always have something to go and do,” she said. “I’m very impressed. This is a very large space, that’s what I told my husband. And (the bowling alley staff) said they were working on getting laser tag right here in this area, I think that’s a fabulous idea. My 8-year-old has been begging me to play laser tag ever since we got here. I’ve heard there’s not really a good one, unless you drive to Topeka (Kansas). So to have one right here on post, I think would be a fantastic idea.”

     Jessica said she enjoyed that the Halloween event at the bowling alley was family friendly, especially for her fam­ily of five.

     “We have a 2-year-old, a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old, so being able to take them somewhere they all can do something and be entertained is important,” she said. “And the price is good for a family of five. Just to rent a lane for $15 an hour is budget friendly.”

     Jessica’s eldest son said though he hadn’t had the chance to bowl yet, he has en­joyed the other the other activi­ties available for him.

     “I like that we can practice (rubber) bowling and Jenga,” Blake said.