Fall Fest at Connecticut Post Mall in Milford

Kids decorate pumpkins to get into the holiday spirit.

Kids decorate pumpkins to get into the holiday spirit.

The Connecticut Post Mall held a free, two-day Fall Fest Saturday and Sunday, featuring a Pop Shop Market and other attractions.

“We have had such a good turnout so far, we’re thinking of making this an annual,” explained Kelly Frantz, marketing director at the mall Mall, 1201 Boston Post Road. “It’s a free event, we want the community to come and celebrate fall, celebrate coming together and getting ready for the start of the holidays and also to support our new tenant, Boscov’s which just opened.”

“We’re excited to have people here at the event,” continued Frantz. “We have free face-painting and free pumpkin decorating, we are giving away Connecticut Post Mall blankets and tote bags and of course we also have a Pop Shop going on with local vendors and artisans that are selling their handmade goods.”

In addition to family fun, free Halloween activities and vendors selling jewelry, artwork, apparel and home décor, the Hocus Pocus Sisters performed live entertainment. “I am the specialty leasing manager here at the Connecticut Post Mall so we reached out to find a way to bring vendors and small businesses into the Mall,” said Janine Netto. “Kelly and I partnered for this event and we leased out space to vendors and crafters and partnered it with something free to families to see what happens, so far so good. I love that all the small vendors have a chance to be a part of the festival.”

“I am here because I teach natural health care solutions using Doterra Essential Oils and I decided to be a vendor today because it’s a kids event and it’s a great place for me to sell my product and to meet new people,” said Jennifer O’Donnell, Doterra Wellness Advocate at Superb Essence. “It’s attracting nice vendors and nice families who are fun to be around.”

Vendor Cindy Gleason, Star Consultant at Scentsy concurred, “I wanted the nice exposure with the nice people of Milford. I enjoy being associated with family events because I have a lot of family friendly products. They’re going to have this event again as a continuation and we will be back.”

Vendor organizer Racquel Miller, owner of SJS Unique Designs added, “This is the first Pop Up Market the Connecticut Post Mall has had. I coordinated the vendors with the leasing manager in order to bring in some local crafters, artisans and vendors. It’s the first of many, we will try to host this once a month or more, we are trying to bring a lot of support to our local creators.”