LIMA — The lousy weather was the trick Saturday for the annual Lima Noon Optimist Club’s Trick or Treat at Safety City.
Last year between 1,600 and 1,700 kids and their parents attended the event. This year the number was considerably smaller.
Kristan Horstman and her daughter Pearl were ready with an umbrella in hand to take on the trick from Mother Nature.
“I have to work on trick or treat and she’s never been out trick or treating before (with my daughter) so I thought we could do it,” said Kristan Horstman.
Coming to Safety City for trick or treat brings back memories.
“I remember when I was a kid, so it’s fun taking my kids,” she said.
The event was going to happen whatever the weather. In some years, they’ve even had snow.
“Well, we’re optimistic at the Optimist Club. So we assumed that there were going to be enough people who want to come through and we were going to be here for them rain or shine,” said Tim Willoughby, co-chair for the event.
The Lima Noon Optimist Club provides support for an assortment of programs.
“Well first and foremost, there’s Safety City and just thousands of kids over the years have come through. We also do the (Lima Symphony) Youth Orchestra, the only orchestra in the state where you don’t have to pay to play. We sponsor Little League Baseball. We do Toys for Tots with the Salvation Army and just various other projects for the kids in the community,” added Willoughby.
He’s pleased with the support Safety City and the Trick or Treat event has gotten from the community.
“The community supports us and always have. There are too many (businesses) to try starting to name them, but a lot of them that sponsor buildings here and have built their buildings and just a general support from the community,” he said.
Many businesses and organizations were helping to hand out candy and other items.
LACNIP was there with all sorts of treats for the kids.
“It’s something we love to do and it’s a great thing for the kids,” said Robert Friedman, vice president of LACNIP.
“We want to show everybody out there that we’re involved with something like this and we’re out there to help the neighborhoods too,” he added.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.