Auburn Parks and Recreation hosted their annual Friday Fright Night movie event on October 22. While the event has already taken place at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, this year the event took place at Kiesel Park.
This event was just one of many free movies offered by Auburn Parks and Rec as part of their year-round outdoor movie series.
Similar events hosted by Auburn Parks and Rec include the Summer Float-n-Movies, a summer movie series held at the Gogue Performing Arts Center, and a series of free outdoor concerts that are offered throughout the spring and summer. autumn in Kiesel park.
According to the City of Auburn website, the inspiration for the event was to offer “an evening of spooky movies to get you in the mood for Halloween.”
“I decided to go out tonight because I love ‘Hocus Pocus’ and thought it would be a fun thing for me and my friend to do,” said Jillian Minierri, first-time attendee. ‘event.
The first film on offer was “Hocus Pocus” at 6:15 pm and “Seven” at 8:00 pm. Because “Seven” is rated R, most families with children turned up before the screening.
Kelley Dowdell, another attendee at the event, said she decided to come to the event to get out of the house and bring her kids to see the movie.
“I really wanted to stay for the second movie, but since my kids are too young, we decided to stay for ‘Hocus Pocus’,” said Dowdell.
Auburn Parks and Rec also sent safety and security personnel to the event to ensure the safety of all customers who attended. There were also medical personnel stationed around the park in case of an emergency.
Kassandra Jimenez, one of the event’s medical staff, said she regularly attends outdoor concerts offered by Auburn Parks and Rec, but this is her first time attending a movie outside.
“I’m originally from Illinois, and we have these types of events all the time,” Jimenez said. “I was planning on coming anyway, so when I was asked to work I was really excited.”
Jiminez’s role was to watch the crowd and make sure everyone was safe and could receive medical help if they needed it.
This year is the fifth anniversary of Friday Fright Night, as the first event took place in 2016. This year’s event was also slightly different as it was only a weekend event, so that in the past the event featured a different movie. during three Fridays in October.
Customers were encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs, and several food vendors were also available on site.