PLAINVILLE â€“ The â€śHalloween Houseâ€ť 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 Jacksonâ€™s â€śThrillerâ€ť 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.
â€śIt really was a stunning amount of food collected,â€ť said Bucci. â€śThere 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.â€ť
By the end of the night, Bucci said, the food pantryâ€™s van was completely filled with items donated by the community.
â€śIt was crazy,â€ť said Bucci. â€śSusie Woerz (executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry) told me that they have never seen anything like it.â€ť
Bucci thanked all those who came out to the â€śHalloween Houseâ€ť this year for â€śThriller fun.â€ť
â€śThanks to the Plainville Police Department for their continued support in keeping all the ghouls and gals safe,â€ť he said. â€śSee you next year.â€ť
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.