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New Britain sets up safe zone for trick-or-treaters

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One Connecticut city closed roads in the downtown district to keep children safe this Halloween. 

The annual holiday trick-or-treating event was underway in New Britain on Monday evening.

"There's a booth inside where they can do crafts and make things," Robin Vinci, who was of the organizers of the event, said. "There's candy all over the place. We have a costume parade. We have spooky house down at the Advil." 

Vinci said the event is in its fifth year. 

"At that time, Hurricane Sandy came and the kids didn't get Halloween, so we thought we've got to do something special," Vinci said. "So, we started it we thought it would be a small little event and it's grown to 5,000 people each year." 

There was candy at 30 different locations from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The following roads will be closed from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: 

  • West Main Street between Main Street and High Street - South High Street
  • Main Street between Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard
  • Bank Street between Main Street and the east entrance of the parking garage
  • Court Street at Central Park Road 

Vinci said it's a safe place for kids to go on Halloween.  

"We thought this would be great because they know they can go out and they want to go out afterwards, if they are older they can," Vinci said. "There are parts of new Britain that aren't safe and kids can go here and parents can not be concerned."

Jennifer Newell works at one of the local businesses taking part in the annual holiday trick-or-treating event. Newell is also a mom, who brought her little ones to the event. 

"We do this every year to let kids come out somewhere safe and get some candy. They dress up. They got music they do arts and crafts. They enjoy it every year," Newell said. 

The event runs until 7 p.m. and the streets will be blocked off till 8:30 p.m. 

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