SOUTHINGTON - Costumed children and their parents will descend upon the spookily decorated streets of Plantsville Oct. 26 as Halloween in the Village returns for its 21st year.
The event, sponsored by the town of Southington, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and the Joe & Kay Calvanese Foundation, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. from Plantsville Pharmacy to Plantsville Congregational Church.
Local merchants will be decorating their business with witches, ghosts, tombstones and other Halloween iconography. Other vendors will have tables at which visitors can stop for information and candy.
Dolores Fanelli, an event organizer, said a lot will be turned into a mock cemetery featuring headstones bearing macabre humor.
Zingarella will have people dressed as Disney princesses available for photos with children.
A DJ will provide music and Dance City will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Other entertainment will include live demonstrations by Valentin Karate, a magician performing tricks in the street, a stilt walker and juggler and clowns making balloon animals.
“In that little space, we get as many as 3,000 children and their moms and dads coming through, all dressed up,” said Fanelli. “Halloween has become a big deal. We’ve seen everything from the usual girls dressed as princesses and boys dressed as Spider-Man or Darth Vader to, one year, a boy coming dressed as a pork chop and another dressing up as a box of Crayola crayons. It’s free, it’s fun and it is a safe event for families to take their children for Halloween. They love it.”
In the event of rain, the activities and candy booths will be inside businesses in the festival area.
Fanelli said that it is not too late for people to sponsor the event or to sign up for a table. For more information, call her at 860-681-9548 or search for Village of Plantsville Association Inc. on Facebook.
Fliers for the event will also be sent out to local schools next week.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.