Fire trucks and ambulances were moved out of the fire department and the grills were moved in for the fifth annual fall pancake breakfast.
Held each year the same day as the community Halloween party, members of the Lakemore Firefighters Association flip flapjacks for members of the community.
Flapjacks were flying off the grill Oct. 26, as Lakemore firefighters served pancakes, sausage and beverages to the more than 200 attendants. The breakfast is free to the public, but many make donations.
"We are thankful for the many donations we received," Fire Chief Barry Saley said.
Donations from the event are used to purchase needed equipment and other items for the fire department.
Left-over pancake batter and sausage was provided to the Haven of Rest.
After the griddles cooled and the aroma of pancakes still lurked in the room, the chairs and tables were taken down, boxes of donuts came in, beverages were setup and children – dressed in costumes – began to arrive for the costume parade and Halloween party.
The party began at 1 p.m. with everything from ghosts and monsters to princesses and pumpkins in attendance. The costume-clad kids paraded around to show off their frightful wear.
It was a difficult decision for the three judges – councilman Tom Wolfe and firefighters Brett Reinbold and Joe Dies – to choose the best costumes. Seven age groups were judged in four categories scariest, prettiest, funniest and most original.
Winners earned a total of 28 prizes that included toys, certificates for fast food, movie rentals and bowling to name a few. Treat bags, made by council members, were also given to children.
Photo opportunities were available with a background of seasonal decorations and straw, mums and pumpkins.
This year, however, the party was not just for the children of the village. Pets were invited to don their best costumes for a new costume category. The winning pet received a prize basket of pet toys.
Springfield Township Trustee Dean Young was on hand to support the village efforts. He said the relationship between the township and village has never been better. He believes there will be more cooperative efforts in the future.
A rain barrel, designed and painted by Springfield High School artists Brittney Borell, Erica Swope, Kevin Myers, Kennedy Hahn and James Morrison was auctioned off. The colorful barrel went to Rich Cook with a bid of $200.
More than 30 contributors pulled together the happy Halloween party for the children. Councilwoman Anne Snyder said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support for the children's Halloween party.
"It's wonderful that the community came together to put on this event," Snyder said.