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Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone Receives Grant


The Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone received a $500 grant from the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin as it attempts to reach $6,000 to put on the event.

Gerry Amodio, New Britain Downtown District Executive Director and Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone Committee Member recently sent a letter of thanks to the group.

“The “Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone” Committee wishes to extend our thanks and appreciation for your contribution to our 2017 Halloween event. Your contribution as a sponsor will provide us the funds to distribute over 60,000 pieces of candy to over 4,000 children who can enjoy a Safe Trick or Treat in Downtown New Britain. The safety of the event has been lauded, not only on social media and in print but on NBC Connecticut, WVIT Channel 30, WFSB CBS Channel 3, and was listed by WTNH ABC News8 which listed our event as one of the Top Ten Best Halloween Events to attend. Without your contribution, a safe zone for trick or treating and the many smiles on the faces of both children and adults will not be possible,” said Amodio in the letter. “Again we thank you for your participation in the 2017 Downtown New Britain Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone event.”

Mayor Erin Stewart said the Halloween event is going to be featured in the new Visitor’s Guide.

On Oct. 31, 2017 the 5th Annual Halloween Safe Zone will take place.

The event is from Washington Street to Bank Street, Main Street from Columbus Blvd to Chestnut Street. Streets will be closed and police will be present.

It features a haunted house, photographs, craft items to make and more. There will be at least one DJ and the YWCA Dancers perform “Thriller”. A fire truck and other emergency equipment are on hand for children to view.

Mayor Stewart and The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department also present events in front of City Hall. Jaws Pawn hands out balloons for the children.

It is sponsored by the New Britain City Journal and the Downtown District with help from many businesses.

“The Downtown District is happy to host this great City event that has quickly become an iconic production. One that has proven that by utilizing our existing resource of the Downtown, and adding both municipal, business and individual volunteers we can provide our children with a safe and fun place to Trick or Treat,” said Amodio, downtown district director. “Each year seeing the smiling faces on the children makes all the planning and work extremely rewarding for all of us. And once again proves that New Britain is a wonderful place to call home. We sincerely thank all those who have made this possible to do.”

Past sponsors have included The New Britain Bees, NB Police Union, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sgt. Dave Mocarsky & Lt. John Rodriquez, Jaws Pawn Shop, Ald. Willie Pabon, Ald. Danny Salerno, Ald. Don Naples, Ald. Jamie Giantonio, Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Maria Pietrantuono, an Anonymous Donor, Costco, Roma Bar and Grill, West Side Tavern. AFC Urgent Care, Carlson Funeral Home, Willie Pep’s, Max Pizza II, Pizza Pal, Diamond Brite Car Wash, Catanzaro Meats, Polumbo Jewelers and New Britain McDonald’s.

If you wish to donate, you can send checks to; Downtown/NBCJ Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone, c/o New Britain Down Town District, 66 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06050. Candy donations in October are also appreciated.