PLAINVILLE – Crowds of people gathered on the sidewalk of 62 Metacomet RoadTuesday night to catch the first of several live “Thriller” Halloween performances all to benefit the town food pantry.
“This makes this year the best yet,” said Scott Unnever, warehouse manager at the pantry.
A total of 415 pounds of food was collected during the fourth annual drive at the Bucci’s “Halloween House” event.
“It’s turned into its own monster year after year,” said Daniel Bucci.
Dancers from the YWCA New Britain School of Dance wearing torn clothes and makeup crawled toward the audience as the Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” started.
Graveyard scenes and creepy creatures made up both sides of the lawn. Strobe lights and window decorations lit up the house.
Bucci said it takes the family a few weeks to set everything up. His wife Jennifer was decked out in a full witch costume Tuesday night.
“I hope we raise even more than last year,” she said of the food collection.
Throughout the night people came by to watch the performance every 20 minutes and to drop off food for the pantry.
Unnever said the event has collected about 1,300 pounds of food for the pantry in four years.
“It helps going into the holiday season,” he said. “Donations are always accepted.”
The pantry on South Canal Street will hold an open house for the community on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., before their biggest drive of the year from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21 at Gnazzo’s on East Street.