STRONGSVILLE – One doesn’t normally associate trick or treat and temperatures in the 70s in northeast Ohio. However, that’s exactly what took place at Trick or Treat in the Village on Oct. 21.
Beautiful weather greeted more than 300 candy seekers at the Strongsville Historical Village for the ninth-annual event. The number did not include parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
“We want younger families know that we’re here,” said Historical Society President Ruth Brickley. “Our members enjoy passing out candy to trick or treaters because we don’t get the kids at home like we used to.”
All of the activity was outdoors with society members passing out candy at various stations throughout the grounds. There were games kids could play in order to earn a treat like ring toss.
“We came last year and it was great so we came again,” said Molly Marken, whose daughter, Mabel, 3, was dressed as the aforementioned cotton candy. “It’s always a great event. It’s so much fun. She loves it.”
Little ones could be seen dressed as a policeman, ballerina, bride, Batman, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Nina Turtle, Wonder Woman, and a creative cotton candy.
Even the big kids got in on the act. The Maloney family passed out treats dressed as a pirate (dad Scott), ice princess (mom Vicki) and Sherlock Holmes and Marty McFly from the “Back to the Future” movie franchise (sons Andrew and David, respectively).
“I love dressing up and love passing out candy,” said Vicki Maloney.
Historical Society members Connie Petrick (pumpkin) and Charlotte Schneider (witch) have been volunteering at Trick or Treat in the Village for all nine years. This was probably the warmest of the bunch.
“This is the best weather day we’ve had, it’s fantastic,” said Schneider.
“We’re dying of heat. Usually we’re all bundled up,” said Petrick with a chuckle.
Sponsors of the event included the Rotary Club of Strongsville, Strongsville Optimist Club, Jardine Funeral Home, Kalinich Fence, and Tom and Debbie Perciak.