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Record Crowds Bring Ghouls Downtown


Huge crowds featuring Superman, Chucky, Batman, princesses and more came out Tuesday to enjoy the 6th Annual New Britain Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone event downtown.

“What a night! Over 7,000 children and adults came to the Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone event, and we supplied over 150,000 pieces of candy, while our business owners and neighbors supplemented with candy of their own, so somewhere near 200,000 pieces of candy were handed out!,” said Gerry Amodio, New Britain Downtown District Director and Co-Chairman of the event. “Next year we’re looking for the dentists for big donations.”

The New Britain YWCA Dancers performed “Thriller” and the New Britain Youth Theater performed skits on the main stage at Central Park.

There was a special “Costume Courtroom” to view costumes led by Stephen Hard, Pat Rutkowski and Michelle Hargrave.

“This was our largest crowd yet! It was a wonderful event, most importantly it was safe for our children & families,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “It’s definitely one of my favorite events of the year!”

Prizes were given for cutest, scariest and most creative.

The cutest went to a Unicorn in Ariana Pickens, age 3.

Chucky and his bride won scariest in Ezekiel Fennaint, age 1 and Jaylynn Alicea, age 3.

Rosie the Riveter in Kiara Morales, age 11 won most creative.

The Mayor’s Prize “Oscar” from Sesame Street went to Tyler Bertram, age 4, whose mother made his costume.

Winners received a $10 gift certificate to Amato’s Toy and Hobby.

The adult winner was a Tin Man and won tickets to the New Britain Bees.

Master of Ceremonies for the event was Sharon Beloin-Saavedra and music was provided by DJ EZ.

Over 40 businesses as well as Trunk or Treaters were on hand to give out candy. Jaws Pawn Shop had a giant shark booth and handed out balloons. Polonia Business Association mascots took pictures with children and police and fire vehicles were on hand to view. City Hall was decorated with a display and games for the children.

“It was such an exciting event. The weather was perfect and the crowd was enormous,” said Robin Vinci, New Britain City Journal editor and co-chairman of the event. “We work on this event all year long and tonight is the reason it is worth it. It certainly was a safe and fun evening. I hope each child made a memory they will never forget.”

“Super Hero”            ($500) sponsors for the event included American Savings Foundation, Anonymous, Community Chest of New Britain & Berlin, CSDNB NB Supr. Dir. NB Assoc. Admin., Jasko Development, Mayor’s Charitable Fund, Petit Family Foundation, Schaller Auto World and Tomasso Brothers Inc.

“Vampire” ($200-$499) sponsors included Amato’s Toy & Hobby, Dattco, Dunkin Donuts, Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, Miller Moriarty & Co., New Britain Bar Association and Stanley Black & Decker.

“Zombie” ($100-$199) sponsors included AFSCME NB Local Union 818, AFSCME NB Local Union 1303, AFSCME NB Local Union 1186, Steve & Sheri Amato, Gladstein Dental Center, LLC, Ald. Don & Phyllis Naples, NB Fed. Of Para Ed. Local #2407, Perkins Travel and Maria Pietrantuano.