years ago, members of the Southington Drive-In Committee came up with an idea.
They wanted to find a way to provide a unique Halloween opportunity for both
families and adults, to give children an autumn festival of their own and to
show a later, R-rated movie for adults.
With that the Halloween at the Drive-In was born. Alas, the first year was
cancelled after an unexpected snowstorm wreaked havoc on town, but in a second
attempt in 2012 the event drew out nearly 1,000 participants.
Halloween at the Drive-In returns on Saturday for a second straight year and
Dawn Miceli, member of the committee, said they anticipate it will be the
largest event at the Southington Drive-In to date.
“This is really an event that incorporates the entire community. You’d be hard
pressed to find a better deal for families because so much is offered and it’s
just one slow cost per carload,” Miceli said. “It’s an event that is still new
and yet it continues to grow.”
Events like this are what set the Southington Drive-In apart. It is the only
town-owned drive-in facility in the U.S. – and Miceli said they plan to take
Saturday’s event will include hayrides, face painting, pony rides, decorate a
pumpkin, Touch-A-Truck opportunities, “Trunk-or-Treat” and more. It has been
expanded to include two separate tractors for the hayrides after interest last
year, committee member Michael Riccio said. Riccio will be driving one of the
tractors, donated along with a variety of other items by Lewis Farms.
The evening will finish off with two movies, including Monsters Inc. for
families at 6 p.m. and a brief break before Amityville Horror for adults at 8
“We expect it to be a great night and are looking forward to seeing everyone
come out,” Miceli said.