By Lisa Capobianco
Lions, tigers, and other kinds of animals and creatures paraded in downtown Plantsville for its annual Halloween event.
Children, teens and even adults showed off their costumes while lining up for candy during the 17th annual Halloween in Plantsville. Co-sponsored by the Village of Plantsville Association and the Southington Parks and Recreation Department, the event took place from the Plantsville Pharmacy to Summer Street. Nearby business also took part in the celebration, including Zingarella’s, which presented gift cards to the three best costumes.
Dolores Fanelli, the chair of the 12 member committee that planned the event, said watching the children fill the street with different costumes is her favorite part of the event.
“One year someone was dressed like a pork chop,” Fanelli said.
From Princess Leia, to Tigger, to Frankenstein, to a garbage truck, visitors set themselves apart from the crowd. Toddler George Cahill dressed as a garbage truck, which was his original idea. Effie, George’s mother, said she helped her son make the costume, which took four days to complete. She said George picked the costume because of his love for trucks.
“George gets up at 5:30 or 6 in the morning to watch them go by,” Cahill said.
Meanwhile, Natalie Biondi’s sons dressed up as Tigger and Spiderman for the event. Residents of Plantsville, Biondi said this was the second year she attended the Halloween bash with her family, and decided to meet up with a friend from out of town there.
“It was great,” Biondi said. “There is always a lot of people and a lot of things for kids to see.”
Children and their families joined a crowd of people in a long line in front of the Plantsville Firehouse. Decorated with mummies, scarecrows, and other Halloween creatures, the firehouse featured candy and other sweet treats. Firefighters helped distribute the goodies, including Oreo cookies.
“It is always a good turnout,” said Firefighter Steve Ball. “The line is always down the street.”
Besides the costume contest and free candy, children also enjoyed different kinds of tricks from a local magician. One of his tricks included making colored images appear in a black and white coloring book. A live DJ also brought entertainment as well as members of the Southington’s Dance City and the Arts, who took part in a dance ensemble with a hip-hop mash-up in the background.
Fanelli said the event always brings a crowd, especially last year when an estimated 3,000 visitors came.