‘It’s a safety issue:’ Expected rain postpones Ansonia’s Nightmare Alley drive-through to Friday
ANSONIA — The guys and ghouls planning to attend Ansonia’s socially distanced Nightmare Alley will have to wait a day.
Weather forecasters are predicting heavy rain Thursday, the date planned for the city hall-provided Halloween event. So organizers are bowing to the inevitable.
“We’re using a lot of theatrical equipment that would be damaged by rain, so we are postponing it for a day,” said Richard DiCarlo, president of the Valley Arts Council, which is working with city hall to conduct the event. “It’s a safety issue.”
The event, which will include a cemetery set up at Veterans Park adjacent to city hall and live ghouls and zombies walking about, will now take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Mayor David Cassetti said vehicles will be directed to drive into the city hall lot but individuals must remain in their cars. A prepackaged Halloween treat will be delivered by a masked and glove-wearing actor. The vehicles will then be directed to exit onto East Main Street. No walk ups will be allowed.
DiCarlo said anyone wishing to dress up and participate in the scary scene is welcome.
“I’ll be there,” promised Cassetti. “I’ve even bought a special costume.”
Both the City and the Valley Arts Council also are seeking donations of prepackaged candy and pumpkins.
Donations can be dropped off at city hall or the Valley Arts Council gallery at 258 Main St., DiCarlo said.
“Any candy left over will be donated to the military and veterans,” DiCarlo said. “We did that last year and it was welcomed.”
DiCarlo said he has been watching three different weather sites and all are predicting rain for Thursday. It is expected to stop Friday morning.
As part of the Halloween holiday festivities, the Valley Arts Council has posted a video of its “Night Gallery” exhibit which is available on the council’s Facebook page and several of the Valley Community Facebook pages. The exhibit also can be seen in person at the Valley Arts Center Gallery, 258 Main St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Additionally, the city will be showing the movie Hocus Pocus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the temporary drive-in set-up at Warsaw Park on Pulaski Highway. Tickets are available on the city’s website.
The Ansonia Community Facebook page is listing homes that are decorated and will be available for trick or treating.
Because of the increase in COVID-19 infections, Derby Mayor Richard Dziekan, who is battling the virus, has recommended people avoid large gatherings and such events as in-person trick-or-treating.
“I can tell you from my own experience this is no joke,” Dziekan has said.