STRONGSVILLE – The historic village was home to a trick-or-treat event that also brought in lots of food for those who need it.

On Oct. 24, the village hosted its seventh annual Old Fashioned Trick-or-Treat for preschool-aged children. Admission to the event was one non-perishable food item or $1 per person, all of which went directly across the street to the Strongsville Food Bank.

In just an hour and a half, over 500 people went through the village, and donated more than $400 worth of canned goods in addition to cash donations for the food bank.

“This is a great way for us to reach out to the community. We’re a part of the community and people support us and it’s a good way for us to support them in return,” said Ruth Brickley, event chair.

About 35 people were volunteering their time to pass out candy and work the event. All of the candy was donated, and was handed out by costumed members of the Strongsville Historical Society and its supporters.

The event is targeted at preschool-aged children, so new families get to explore the village every year. They received candy, glow sticks and treats, and were also served light refreshments in the Lathrop House at the end of their trip through the village.

The next big event at the historic village will be the lighting at the same time the Commons is lit up on Nov. 22. There are new lights on the houses, and there will be a train ride from the Commons to the village to see the beauty of the houses as they are lit up. The Olds General Store will also be open for business that evening, with one-of-a-kind collectibles for sale, Strongsville pottery and more at very affordable prices.

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