Area youth enjoy Halloween fun in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY — Halloween weekend came and went - but with no shortage of fun-packed festive and scary events for area kids to enjoy.

Dressed in their favorite costumes, some lighthearted, like animals, princesses and superheroes, and others in a more frightening fashion, young people were provided a number of safe community venues to celebrate Halloween and collect treats, treats and more treats.

The drizzly weather on Friday didn't stop kids from having a great time at the Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Lake County Children's Trust Fund in the parking lot behind Baldwin High School. To add leaning to the fun, there also was a book walk, provided by Great Start Collaborative.

On Saturday, the weather was beautiful for a Trunk and Treat at AMVETS Post no. 1988, and to collect Halloween goodies at the Pathfinder Community Library in Baldwin.

A Trick-or-Treat event hosted by the Baldwin Lions Club and the VFW Post no. 5315, at the Village of Baldwin fire hall, also was a success.

Harry Johnson, of the Baldwin Lions Club, said a lot of kids showed up to the event, where there were treats, cider, donuts, popcorn, games and a costume contest.

Ron Prys, one of the event organizers, is thankful the village allowed use of the building for the event and said village president Jim Truxton was very helpful.

At the Webber Township Fire Station, the fire department continued their annual tradition of a Haunted Maze, for the first time in two years. A spooky fog greeted visitors as they stepped into the fire station, and a Dog Man crept around the corner, getting a few to jump and scream, before even entering the scary maze.  Families also enjoyed a bonfire out back, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

"We have had a great turnout," said Webber Township Fire Chief Al Dailey. "We've had about 200 people come through. Everyone seems happy."

On Sunday afternoon, Wayne Boorsma of the Knights of Columbus had two words to say about the Trunk or Treat event at St. Ann's parking lot, "It's cold."

Despite the cold and rainy weather, the smiles on the kids' faces, as well as those handing out candy from their decorated vehicle, proved everyone had a great time.

There were 12 vehicles set up for kids to collect candy, and awards were given to the top three best dressed cars. The knights provided hot dogs, soft drinks and chips.