NEW BRITAIN - It was a â€śspooktacularâ€™â€™ day for young children and their families Saturday when they stopped by Slade Middle School for a day of Halloween fun.
The free Halloween Spooktacular, offered by New Britain Parks & Recreation and Community Services, saw play areas set up inside and outside the school. Parents led their costumed children past witches and other scary decorations to an inflatable outdoor corn maze.
Then, back inside the school, they walked under a giant inflated black cat into the gym, decorated with ghosts and graves and set up with numerous gaming stations at which they could toss footballs, play whack-a-mole or bounce inside a giant inflatable pumpkin.
A DJ and a magician entertained.
Muir Anderson, of CT Funko LLC, manned the corn maze as the first families began to arrive.
As they ran happily through, while appropriate music inclusing the â€śGhostbustersâ€ť and â€śMunstersâ€ť themes played, he warned them to watch out for scarecrows.
Once they had completed the activity, they were allowed to reach into a pumpkin and pick the toy of their choice.
â€śWeâ€™ve been doing stuff like this for New Britain for 15 years,â€ť said Anderson. â€śWeâ€™re glad to be a part of it.â€ť
Orlando Abraeu and his 7-year-old daughter Alanis were one of the first guests to arrive. Alanis was dressed in a skeleton costume, which she said was based on a character from â€śMonster High.â€ť
â€śI like Halloween because you get to have candy and have fun dressed up in cool costumes,â€ť said Alanis.
Another parent, Shantal Tetro, brought her sons, Ryder, 6, who was dressed as a ninja, Tanner, 8, who was dressed as a creepy clown, and 15-month-old Carter, who wore a backhoe costume and a construction hat.
â€śWe had a lot of fun in there,â€ť said Ryder as he and his brothers ran out of the maze.
Amina Hamilton arrived with her two sons, Kaden, 5, and Kemani, 8. Kaden was dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turle and Kemani as Captain America.
â€śThey love all the superheroes,â€ť said Hamilton. â€śKaden was Iron Man last year and Kemani was the Ninja Turtle.â€ť
Kemani said that his favorite candy to receive on Halloween is Skittles.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.