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Halloween Safe Zone Coming, Needs Donations

The Fourth Annual Halloween Safe Zone Celebration is planned this year downtown on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31 from 3-6 p.m. The event is meant as a safe place for children to Trick or Treat in New Britain. It has become one of the biggest events for children in the City.

In order to make it a success, the Halloween Safe Zone Committee is looking for sponsors and donations.

“As you may recall this event has become a major attraction in Downtown and last year attracted around 2,000 school age children and parents for almost 4,000 people in Downtown,” said Gerry Amodio, downtown district director and co-organizer of the event. “This year we are in dire need of approximately 50,000 pieces of candy. We have the resources for about 25 percent of this amount, so we are asking you to help raise the money for the candy.”

Anyone can help now by either donating money, or donating candy. Please drop off donations at the Downtown District, 66 West Main St.

Various sponsors have come forward, but more are needed.

“A special thanks goes out to the NB Police Union, Sgt. Dave Mocarsky and all the officers, for donating $500 to buy candy,” added Amodio.

This year’s event will feature candy at over 20 spots downtown. New this year is Trunk or Treat. This involves cars decorated for Halloween handing out candy on Main St. Anyone interested in taking part in Trunk or Treat is asked to call the New Britain City Journal at 860-505-7612. All that is needed is a decorated car. The committee will donate the candy to volunteers for distribution.

Civic groups who would like a free booth should contact Amodio at 860-229-0878. They can distribute candy as well as materials.

There will be child costume contests with prizes from Amato’s Toys and Hobby. An adult prize is also planned which includes a free oil change from Ceglarz Motors and more. Plan to dress in your best costume.

A magician, DJ and dancers from the YMCA who will perform “Thriller” on the street are planned.

Also there will photo booths and more at the Advil Building via Central Connecticut State University students. The parks and recreation department, the fire department ‘Touch A Truck’, the EMS and more are going to be at the event as well. Costumed characters from Little Poland as well as the New Britain Bee will be on hand.

If you or your group would like to volunteer, perform, donate or participate in anyway, the committee is asking for you to notify them.

Stephen Hard, Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, will emcee the event and Mayor Erin Stewart will be on hand to help distribute the costume prizes.

Many other spooky surprises are set to take place. The event is sponsored by the New Britain City Journal and the New Britain Downtown District.