EAST GREENWICH—In the town’s first return to its traditional season pageantry since the outbreak of COVID in March, it was announced that the town would host a movie night at Academy field on Friday, Oct. 30, and a Halloween costume car parade on Saturday, Oct. 31. Both events will help to cap off the fall season with festive mirth and, it is hoped, some much needed patronage for local businesses.

On Friday, Oct. 30, the town of East Greenwich will be presenting dinner and a movie under the stars. Residents are encouraged to grab takeout from their favorite local restaurant and bring it to academy field for a picnic style dinner and to watch the 1993 children’s Halloween classic Hocus Pocus on a 21-foot movie screen.

There will be socially distanced seating areas marked out on the grass for the convenience of families, couples, and individuals. Everyone in attendance will be required to wear masks upon arrival and whenever they are not seated, similarly to what is currently required at any bar or restaurant.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring low chairs, flashlights and blankets to help ensure a warm and safe event, weather permitting. Pets will not be permitted.

Seating on the field will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run for just under 1 hour and 45 minutes.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, the East Greenwich department of Parks and Recreation and the Chamber of Commerce will also be jointly hosting a Halloween Costume Car Parade.

The parade will begin in the Cole Middle School parking lot and travel up Kenyon Avenue to Division Street and then down Main Street for a spooktacular hurrah. Participants are asked to arrive at 10:00 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.. Additionally, goodie bags donated by Main Street Merchants and Parks and Rec will be handed out at 10 a.m.. All are encouraged to wear costumes and decorate their cars to mark the occasion.

The traditional trick-or-treat Halloween may be out of the question for most, but the two events are set to ensure that the holiday can still be a festive one.

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