Plainville's 'Halloween House' collects 982 pounds of food for local pantry

Published on Thursday, 4 November 2021 12:31


PLAINVILLE – The “Halloween House” collected 982 pounds of food for the local food pantry this year, drawing a wide turnout from the community on Halloween night.

Each Halloween, Dan Bucci and his family go all-out to decorate their home at 62 Metacomet Road for Halloween, with hundreds of skeletons and famous horror movie characters such as Pinhead, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. On Halloween night, dancers from the YWCA New Britain School of Dance perform to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in a performance enhanced by fog machines and laser lights. Those who attend the spectacle are asked to donate canned and non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

This year, Bucci said, 982 pounds of food were collected over the course of the event, which was held between 5:30 and 9 p.m. This brings the total amount of food collected by his family over the years to 5,000 pounds.

“It really was a stunning amount of food collected,” said Bucci. “There was a non-stop, constant flow of people the entire night. There were so many people that not everyone could easily get up to the garage, where we were collecting donations. So, some people were dropping off food at the end of the driveway or on the sidewalk. Volunteers from the food pantry were running up and down the driveway, back and forth, to get the food the entire time.”

By the end of the night, Bucci said, the food pantry’s van was completely filled with items donated by the community.

“It was crazy,” said Bucci. “Susie Woerz (executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry) told me that they have never seen anything like it.”

Bucci thanked all those who came out to the “Halloween House” this year for “Thriller fun.”

“Thanks to the Plainville Police Department for their continued support in keeping all the ghouls and gals safe,” he said. “See you next year.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Thursday, 4 November 2021 12:31. Updated: Thursday, 4 November 2021 12:34.