By Ed Harris
The Southington Town wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) group is currently planning a hauntingly good time for the upcoming Halloween double bill at the Southington Drive-in.
This is the third year that the Drive-in Committee has held a special Halloween screening, showcasing two horror movies. Two years ago, the year that the drive-in reopened, an unexpected winter storm canceled the showings.
“Instead of taking a night during the summer we asked STEPS if they would take the whole Halloween festival,” said Dawn Miceli, a member of the Drive-in Committee.
This means that STEP volunteers will not only take tickets and run the concession stands, but also be in charge of the entirety of the festival.
STEPS coordinator Kelly Leppard said the Halloween activities will include a haunted hayride, pumpkin painting and a pie eating contest.
“It’s all in the works,” Leppard said.
Leppard said she is looking for community groups to step up and help with the haunted hayride. These groups, of six to ten people, will each man a station along the hayride. The groups are tasked with coming up with their own ideas and props, though Miceli said the Drive-in Committee may be able to help locate some props.
“We’re trying to get more community groups involved,” Leppard said.
Interested groups can contact Leppard at SouthingtonSTEPS@gmail.com. Leppard is hoping to have the groups shored up by early October.
Drive-in officials have not yet released the movies for the double bill on Saturday, Oct. 26 (rain date, Sunday, Oct. 27.).
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By Ed Harris