SOUTHINGTON â Southington Drive-In is hosting a night of costumes, âtrunk or treatingâ 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 âtrunk or treatâ at 5 p.m., a screening of Disneyâs âHocus Pocusâ (rated PG) at 6:10 p.m. and a screening of the classic chiller âHalloweenâ (rated R) at 8:40 p.m. There will also be food vendors on-site.
âA brief intermission between the two movies will allow families to leave the park before the showing of the R-rated late movie,â said Dawn Miceli, who serves on the Southington Drive-In Committee. âAdditionally, carloads will be allowed entry right up until the showing of Halloween and need not attend the day-time activities.â
Some of these activities include a haunted hayride, pony rides, a petting zoo, a magic show by âMr. Magicâ, face painting, touch a truck, pumpkin decorating, apple cannon launching and prizes. Halloween costumes are encouraged.
âJoin us for some Halloween fun with pre-show Trunk or Treating for all little movie-going goblins,â said Miceli. âDecorate 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.â
Children participating in the âtrunk or treatâ must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Micelo encouraged families to âcome for the festival and stay for the movie.â
âIn 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,â she said. âTo 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.â
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 Lionâs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.