A night of fun and spooky comes to the Southington Drive-In Oct. 28

Published on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:50
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON – Southington Drive-In is hosting a night of costumes, ‘trunk or treating’ and other seasonal fun at their sixth annual Halloween Festival.

The festival will begin at 2 p.m. at the Drive-In located at 995 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. It will include a ‘trunk or treat’ at 5 p.m., a screening of Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” (rated PG) at 6:10 p.m. and a screening of the classic chiller “Halloween” (rated R) at 8:40 p.m. There will also be food vendors on-site.

“A brief intermission between the two movies will allow families to leave the park before the showing of the R-rated late movie,” said Dawn Miceli, who serves on the Southington Drive-In Committee. “Additionally, carloads will be allowed entry right up until the showing of Halloween and need not attend the day-time activities.”

Some of these activities include a haunted hayride, pony rides, a petting zoo, a magic show by “Mr. Magic”, face painting, touch a truck, pumpkin decorating, apple cannon launching and prizes. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

“Join us for some Halloween fun with pre-show Trunk or Treating for all little movie-going goblins,” said Miceli. “Decorate your trunk and bring candy to give out to trick-or-treaters as they make their way, vehicle by vehicle, through the drive-in parking lot. We like to award prizes for awesome costumes and trunk decorations.”

Children participating in the ‘trunk or treat’ must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Micelo encouraged families to “come for the festival and stay for the movie.”

“In past years we have seen thousands of families to converge to enjoy an afternoon of fun activities and then everything just rolls into the movie,” she said. “To see it all unfold is really something. This event is driven by volunteers and it is just a wonderful experience that other communities would be hard-pressed to emulate.”

Admission is $15 per carload for Southington residents or $20 per carload for non-Southington residents and $5 for walk-ins ($20 max for the group). If Southington Drive-In runs out of parking spaces, people can park at Recreation Park off of Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets to sit around the pavilion or projection booths. Picnic tables are also available under the pavilion. South End Road. People should not park on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike or at the surrounding businesses.

The Halloween Festival is sponsored this year by Richard Chevrolet and Lewis Farms and is hosted by LE.A.F (Lewis Educational Agriculture Farm), the Southington Lion’s Club and Southington Community Cultural Arts.

For more information, visit SouthingtonDrive-In.org or facebook.com/SouthingtonDriveIn.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:50. Updated: Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:52.