Little trick-or-treaters had an early Halloween celebration as they made their way through the Strongsville Historic Village Oct. 27. Members of the historical society put on a safe trick-or-treat event in the light of the afternoon that was the perfect atmosphere for younger children.

It was the fourth year for the event on the grounds of the village. The pathway between the houses was decorated for Halloween and volunteers were dressed up in costume to hand out candy and prizes for the guests.

“This is something especially for the preschool to kindergarten age group to have a safe trick-or-treat. We do it in the daylight and without older kids running around, so it’s a good place for that age group,” said Ruth Brickley, organizer of the event.

Over 200 children were expected at the historic trick-or-treat and nearly as many adults joined them. As their entrance fee, they brought canned goods for the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. Each year, the historical society makes a donation to the food bank from the event to help out before the holiday season. Once they were in the village, everything taking place was free of charge to the families.

For about two hours, princesses, superheroes, lions, puppies and more made their way through the village to experience Halloween fun. Along with trick-or-treating, there were also age-appropriate games for the little goblins and prizes to be had. All of the stations and activities were put on by community members.

“There are many people who volunteer their time to make this a nice event for the kids. I always want to thank them for their time,” said Jean Wittrock, historical society president.

At the end of the event, families made their way into the Lathrop House to warm up with cookies, cider and coffee. They had the chance to spend time with other families with young children and celebrate Halloween together.

The historical society puts on many family-friendly events throughout the year. With the holiday season approaching, the historical society will be preparing for Christmas open houses and visits with Santa Claus during the first two weeks of December.

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