Halloween Drive-Thru brings trick or treat to smile: Olmsted Dates and Data
OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – To say Boo-Thru Spooktacular from Olmsted Township was popular is an understatement.
At the Drive-Through Halloween Safety Open House on Sunday (October 17), traffic jammed from the Cook Road parking driveway of the Olmsted Township Fire Department, around the corner north to the driveway of the School District’s Early Childhood Center.
Most of the cars drove to the fire station to drive through the bays and get safety tips, treats, refreshments and pizza, as well as a photo opportunity with their family.
Olmsted Township Trustee Lisa Zver said parents loved the idea of ââdriving through a Halloween event. Parents Jacob and Alyssa Royer agreed.
“That’s a great idea,” said Alyssa. âWe don’t have to run after them (children). We enjoy that. “
Fire chief Patrick Kelly, disguised as a pirate, greeted trick-or-treaters in their cars. He enjoyed every minute of the festivities, which included music, costumed characters, and various goodies as the cars slowly rolled through the station.
âThis is a joint effort – service, building, fire department and police. We’re a team here, âhe said. âThat gives something back to the community. We are grateful to be working in this community that supports our services so much. “
Kelly said the parents also received packages with security information, especially the sounds of security like alarming smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at home.
“We want them to know what to listen to, what to do, and where to go to get the family into a safe environment,” he said. âWe want to pass on the message of security to the population. We’re just trying to embrace the moment here for the sake of safety and Halloween. “
A favorite at the event, which was often driven through local communities, was Biker Grinch. He greeted the truckloads as they lined the parking lot before going into the bays of the fire station. His motorcycle was parked nearby.
Grinch has a personal reason why he enjoys attending such festivals.
âI am one of seven children. I grew up in the 1970s. We had our tough times, âhe said. âWe all need help now and then. I just have fun here and give away a smile. “
He also likes to wear his Grinch outfit when he leaves his Berea home on his bike.
“When I have a bad day, I put on the Grinch and jump on my motorcycle,” he said. “Within minutes someone will look and say, ‘You made my day.’ And at other times they have a double attitude and say, ‘What was that?’ Either way, it’s a great day. “
The participants were asked to donate a canned product for our âChristian in Actionâ pantry. You did more.
âMany donated a whole bag. Some also donated money, âsaid trustee Jeanene Kress. âThey also brought toys for our Toys for Tots, which are picked up here at the fire station. You were wonderful. We appreciate your generosity. “
Karis Resor, a volunteer at Christians in Action, agreed when she accepted donations for the pantry.
âSo many have been so incredibly generous,â she said. âEveryone who drove through was so happy. That is such an outstanding range. “
Special thanks go to the officials of the Olmsted municipality for organizing this event. Township staff, many in costume, volunteered their time to hand out goodies, take photos, and greet families as they drove through the bays.
The smile on the children’s faces made their volunteer work very much appreciated.
The fire department provides safety information on many topics on the Olmsted Township website at olmstedtownship.org. Go to olmstedtownship.org/fire/safety-information/ to see them.
Autumn-O-Ween: It’s time for the kid-friendly Olmsteds Fall-O-Ween set from 1pm to 3pm this Sunday (October 24th) in Grand Pacific Junction.
This free family event features tons of open-trunk cars for kids to do trick or treating. But that’s not all! Funny characters greet the kids, magician Magic Blake will entertain everyone at 2 p.m. and the creative Imaginos dinosaur show follows at 2:30 p.m. in the wedding garden.
Also enjoy the Dough Daddy Donuts Food Truck that will be there.
Parking will be expensive during the event around Grand Pacific Junction. The St. Mary of the Falls Church car park at the corner of Bagley Road and Columbia Road will be available during this fall event. Hope to see you there.
Goodies on Elm Street: Yes, it’s going to be a fun evening on Elm Street from 6pm to 7.30pm Wednesday October 27th.
The Sprenger Health Care Village of the Falls is holding a Trunk or Treat Halloween Spooktacular in its parking lot. There are snacks, treats and music for children and their families.
The facility wants everyone to agree by Friday, October 22nd. You can do this by calling Misty at 440-235-1096. The facility is located at 25920 Elm St.
The celebration also includes a cake sale, the proceeds of which will benefit the Olmsted Falls community program.
This is another fun and safe Halloween event that our community provides for our children and families.
Holiday wreaths: Our friends at Olmsted Community Parks and the Olmsted Falls Garden Club sponsor âWreaths for the Holidaysâ.
You can purchase a living wreath to be placed on the Village Green ahead of the annual Olmsted Falls Tree Lighting Ceremony. The wreaths stay there until December.
Each wreath will have a red ribbon and will include the name of the sponsoring company, organization, family, or individual. There is a limit of two lines and a limit of 24 characters per line on the wreaths. A donation of $ 100 is requested for each wreath.
The proceeds from the fundraiser will help improve the playground equipment and further beautify the city.
Something is brewing: It’s Witches Night at Grand Pacific Junction.
Bring your friends or come alone to this downtown shopping area on October 28th from 5pm to 8pm for a fun night out.
All participating shops offer something special. If you buy in these shops, you will receive one or more tickets for the raffle. The raffle prize is a gift card tree from the Junction vendors valued at over $ 200.
Dress up for an extra incentive and get an extra ticket for the raffle!
We heard of shipping issues within our country and the real possibility of limiting items for the holiday season. Go shopping right here, where some great gifts are just waiting for you on the shelves.
Voting continues: The 21 houses and shops of the Fright Fight Halloween decoration contest continue to see a stream of cars and crowds passing by on their way.
Remember to vote for your top 3. Go to Olmsted Chamber of Commerce website, olmstedchamber.org, for a link to the voting page. Each display has its own personality.
Alan Perkins, who has a great Halloween display at his house on River Road every year, said people offered donations to help support his cause. He responded with a sign that he had put up in his garden. It reads, âThank you for stopping by to see our Halloween exhibition! If you like what you see, feel free to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital so more children can enjoy the Christmas displays! â
The sign has two QR codes that you can scan to make a donation. This skeleton fundraiser for St. Jude ends November 1st. Alan wrote that there are 140 different shipyards across the country working to raise money for this cause from St. Jude as a group of like-minded Halloween enthusiasts. What a wonderful program.
Not only does the Perkins family have an amazing yard display, they also have a giving heart.
Rake leaves: Those in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township who need help cleaning their gardens can still put their names on registration forms.
Yard Charge Day is November 13th. Youth groups under adult supervision will rake and collect these leaves from your lawn.
Veteran’s answer: Military veterans should contact Bev Smith soon if they plan to attend the Veterans Luncheon at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Berea on October 29th.
Lunch officially starts at 11am, but coffee is ready at 10:30 am. The event is aimed at all veterans in the area. Due to COVID, the veterans present must be fully vaccinated – for now.
Contact Bev to reserve your spot by calling them at 440-235-3585 or emailing [email protected]
It’s great to see this monthly program return to the church on the corner of East Bagley Road and Seminary Street.
Local artist: Local artist JoAnn DePolo has an upcoming solo show at the Stocker Arts Center in Elyria. The exhibition runs from October 28th to December 18th. The vernissage will take place on October 28th from 4pm to 7pm.
JoAnn’s paintings include cityscapes, water scenes, and colorful abstractions. It has gained international recognition from art collectors. Her art hangs in famous houses like artist Pete Max and recording artist Kenny Loggins.
Visit the exhibition and see their unique artistic perspective. The Stocker Art Center is located at 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria 44052.
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