Plans are still in the process, but the latest on the Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone event in Downtown New Britain is that about 20-25 business are taking part.
The event calls for students grade PreK-9 go to downtown New Britain for trick or treating followed by a costume party.
The event, sponsored by the New Britain City Journal, will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with maps given out highlighting the different stops. New stops may also be added. Stops will have an orange cone in front so children and their parents know it is a place to visit.
Places include the New Britain Public Library, the Youth Museum, the YWCA, Community Central, the Downtown District, City Luggage, Amato’s Toy and Hobby, Anvil Place, the ITBD Building, Trinity on Main, Mayor’s Tim O’Brien’s house, South Church, Hole in the Wall and TOOLS Bar and Grill. More places are being added weekly.
Cameras are advised as a coffin will be set up at the Downtown District for youth to get into and other events are taking place at specific locations such as arts and crafts at Community Central.
Spooky music from a local radio station that is on the air specifically for this event may be played at each location.
A fire truck, for viewing will be set up outside of Central Park. After youth have made their stops, the Costume Parade will be at 6:30 p.m. at Central Park. Prizes will go out for the best costume ages PreK -3, 4-5 and 6-8. There will also be a Mayor’s Prize. Trick or Treaters must stop at the Mayor’s home, 25 South High St., in order to be eligible for that prize.
The school with the most children in attendance will receive a $100 gift certificate.
The New Britain High School Band will perform from 6-7 at Central Park as well.
At 8 p.m. The Phoenix Theater will put on a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and TOOLS Bar and Grill plans a grown-up costume party later in the evening.
A map showcasing spots to visit will be in next week’s edition of the New Britain City Journal.
Adults need to accompany children and pets are not allowed. Children are encouraged to carry flashlights and cross at crosswalks. Halloween bags to collect candy will be available at the Downtown District, 66 West Main St. Donations of candy can also be dropped off at the Downtown District.
“We need about 35 volunteers to help children cross at street corners,” said Robin Vinci, Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone chairman. “The community and businesses have been wonderful about helping us for the event. We want to make it a night children will always remember.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer can call the New Britain City Journal at 860-505-7612.