No Pumpkins in the Park, but town planning outdoor movie night

No Pumpkins in the Park, but town planning outdoor movie night

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town workers are replacing their popular annual event Pumpkins in the Park with an outdoor movie night this year.

“We can’t control the crowds with Pumpkins in the Park, but still wanted to do something,” said Deputy Recreation Director Jeannie Vickers.

Vickers said the town will host a family Halloween movie at Camp Meehan/Notte Park’s new amphitheater off Douglas Avenue, likely on Oct. 9 around 7 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 16.

The free event will be by reservation only to control the numbers, with the goal to keep it under the state’s maximum of 250 for an outdoor event during the pandemic, said Vickers. Spots will be laid out in sections, with families contained in squares spaced at least six feet apart.

Movies will start when it’s dark enough, said Vickers. Organizers are hoping it won’t be too cold on the night of the showing.

Town staff wanted to do something to give back to the community with a family-oriented event. The movie event, aided by the North Providence Youth Commission, will likely present an opportunity to show off the park’s new concession stand, where only pre-prepared items would be sold.

Anyone who would like more information or to reserve a spot should call 401-719-1633.