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The Suburbanite
  • Holiday event a treat for Green residents

  • Despite rain and cold, visitors were warmed by visit to Green's annual Trick-or-Treat Trail event.

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  • As the community geared up for citywide Trick-or-Treat, the annual Trick-or-Treat Trail and Touch-a-Truck event at Boettler Park brought out a bevy of early Halloween revelers. In spite of an afternoon cloudburst that left kids and parents soggy, everyone was smiling.
    As part of the event, children had the opportunity to see emergency response vehicles up close. They could climb inside the driver’s seat and pretend to be a firefighter or police officer.
    “We see some of them in school, but some are young enough that they haven't had that yet,” said Sgt. Mike Walsh of the Summit County Sheriff's Department of the Touch-a-Truck portion of the event. “So this is their first contact with us.”
    That contact was more than positive if Vaughn Preston and Blake Steckley's reaction to the department's SWAT vehicle was any indication.  The 5-year-olds came dressed, after all, as SWAT officers.
    With admission to the event a non-perishable food item or personal care item to benefit Green Good Neighbors, the Trick-or-Treat Trail featured more than 50 businesses and organizations will be handing out candy to kids as they trick-or-treated around the pond at Boettler Park.  
    In addition to the Touch-a-Truck event, where parents and kids were invited to explore a variety of city vehicles, the event also featured a costume contest.