By Lisa Capobianco
With the fall nearly in full-swing, the Southington Drive-in has started to wrap-up its fourth season.
Dawn Miceli, a member of the Drive-in Committee, reported that during the summer, the committee raised $1,250 for each civic group that hosted a movie night. She said a total of 13 different civic groups from Southington will benefit from the drive-in, and the amount of money raised this year is an increase from last year.
“We really are focused on increasing the amount each year,” Miceli said.
Miceli also reported that nearly 3,000 car loads and 349 walk-ins filled the Drive-in this past summer. Half of these attendees were not residents of Southington.
“We are also attracting our neighbors into our community,” Miceli said. “This is truly unique to Southington.”
The Drive-in will conclude its fourth season with the Halloween Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26. The Halloween Festival will feature a double bill of “Monsters, Inc.” and the 1979 version of “Amityville Horror.”
This is the third annual special Halloween screening for the Drive-in Committee. An unexpected winter storm canceled the double showings two years ago when the drive-in reopened.
Volunteers of The Southington Town wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) group will host the festival. The civic group will take tickets and run the concession stands as well as help plan activities including the haunted hayride.
“It is an unbelievable value for a family,” Miceli said.
STEPS coordinator Kelly Lepard said four community groups have already volunteered to help with the hayride, and she hopes six more groups will step up too.
“I hope the drive-in gets a good turnout,” Leppard said. “It’s the grand finale for them.”
Six to ten volunteers will each have a station along the hayride, and they must create their own ideas and props.
Any groups interested in volunteering can contact Leppard at SouthingtonSTEPS@gmail.com.