By Lisa Capobianco
With the fall in full-swing, the Southington Drive-in wrapped up its fourth season with its third annual Halloween Festival.
Hosted by volunteers of The Southington Town wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) group, the festival featured double showings: Monsters, Inc. and the 1979 version of Amityville Horror.
Attendees from Sout-hington and other areas showed off their costumes while volunteers of STEPS collected tickets and ran the concession stands.
“We never expected so many people to come out,” said STEPS coordinator Kelly Leppard.
Dawn Miceli, a member of the Drive-in Committee, said a line of vehicles showed up an hour even before the event started.
“It was an unbelievable afternoon and evening,” Miceli said. “There were 400 car loads and 1,200 walk-ins.”
Besides the double-feature, the festival offered family-friendly activities including a haunted hayride, pie eating contests, pumpkin painting and face painting.
The Festival also featured “Trunk or Treat,” in which attendees decorated the trunks of their vehicles and filled them with candy for children.
“People really went all out in decorating their cars, getting into the Halloween spirit,” Leppard said.
Miceli said attendees started distributing candy even before the Drive-in Committee announced the activity, demonstrating the community’s spirit of volunteerism.
“So many people decorated their trunk—one trunk was entirely filled with candy.” “I was blown away.”
Children also had the opportunity to take part in “Touch a Truck.” Having Southington Fire and Police officials on standby, children sat in the front seat of fire trucks and police cruisers.
A total of ten trucks, including construction veh-icles, participated in the activity.