Family-friendly Halloween events in the area 

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Local municipalities are getting back into the Halloween spirit this year with family-friendly events after many were canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Ahead of Halloween, the Centers for Disease Control has updated guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19. According to the state’s website, the CDC director has announced that trick-or-treating can be done safely this year. 

If you’re looking for a good scare, there is still time to check out haunted attractions in the area, like Trail of Terror in Wallingford and Haunt on Eden in Southington.  

In addition, local towns and organizations are offering family fun alternatives.


For the second year, Meriden’s Parks and Recreation Department will be host the “Halloween Treat Trail.” Families are invited to the Dunn Sports Complex on Saturday for the free walk through event from noon to 3 p.m. Children can dress up and travel through the park to collect candy from local businesses and organizations.

Also in Meriden, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat Spectacular.” Festivities include prizes for decorated trunks, a costume parade and hay rides. Food trucks from Wise Guys, Bebo BBQ and Season de Pasta will be at the event. 

Families can join in on the fun on Oct. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 109 Goodwill Ave. 


The Wallingford Public Celebrations Committee will be host the 2021 “Happy Halloween Happenings” on Friday. Children are invited to dress up in costumes for the Goblins Parade. At 5 p.m. everyone participating in the parade should gather at the YMCA, 81 S. Elm St. The parade is expected to end at 6 p.m. in front of Town Hall.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., families can enjoy goody bags, cider and donuts, games and arts and crafts. Admission to the event is free. 

The UPS Store’s Sixth Annual Halloween Family Fun Day is on Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 61 North Plains Industrial Road. Activities include a DJ, raffles, bounce house and trick or treating booths showcasing local businesses. 


The town’s drive-in will be hosting a “Trunk-or-Treating Movie Spectacular” on Oct. 30. Trunk or Treating will take place in the parking lot followed by a surprise show. The event will conclude with the viewing of the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus.” Attendees are encouraged to decorate their cars/trunks and bring candy to pass out. Gates open at 4 p.m. and trunk or treating begins at 5 p.m.

The movie will begin around 6:45 p.m. Entry fee is $12 per vehicle for Southington residents and $18 per vehicle for non-Southington residents. 


The Plainville Community Food Pantry, YWCA New Britain School of Dance and the Bucci Family are collaborating for the seventh year on a live performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller filled with lights, smoke and loud music. After being canceled last year, this year’s performance is the biggest yet with 16 dancers.  The performance is Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 62 Metacomet Road. 

Admission is free, however donations of canned or non-pershishable goods are accepted. 

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