By TAYLOR HARTZ
The Southington Drive-In will welcome costumes, candy, and two spooky films on their big screen this weekend for the fourth annual Halloween Festival.
With festivities beginning at 2 p.m., families can participate in a variety of fun fall activities, including pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and hayrides, all while showing off their best Halloween costumes.
Prizes will be given throughout the day, while guests participate in games like knockerball and apple canon launching, with entertainment from Touch-a-Truck opportunities, a petting zoo, and a Museum of Oddities.
“We’ve really ramped it up this year,” said Drive-In Committee Member and Town Councilor Dawn Miceli, “more ponies, a second face-painter, the addition of a petting zoo and so much more.”
“But the best aspect of the event is all of the volunteers,” added Miceli.
The festival will be hosted by volunteers from the Southington Lions Club, the Southington High School Key Club, Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA), and Southington’s Town Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS.)
At 5 p.m. guests are encouraged to open their festively decorated car trunks for a parade of costumes and candy during the hour-long “Trunk or Treat.”
After everyone has handed out and collected their candy, a screening of the family-friendly Halloween classic Hocus Pocus will begin at 6p.m.
Following the Disney special, adults will have the option to stay for a screening of The Shining at 8:40 p.m., for a more suspenseful evening on the big screen.
There will be an opportunity for families with young children to leave between the two film screenings.
Southington carloads will be charged $15 for admission, $20 for non-residents.
Walk-ins will be welcome for $3 per person.