Lakemore was filled with Halloween Oct. 27 from the fire station to the streets.
The rainy day did not keep the ghouls and goblins from coming out. It began in the morning with the annual Fire Department pancake breakfast, offering residents a great time for food and to visit with neighbors and friends. Firemen delivered as they worked to flip the flap jacks for a good crowd.
After the breakfast at 1 p.m., the kids took over the Fire Department building dressed in costumes ranging from sharks and chicken, a nurse with guts, a cute little fire "girl" to Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz."
The party is put on each year by council members, the mayor and volunteers who help in many ways.
Kids were judged for their costumes in age groups 0 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 7, 8 to 12 and 12 and above. The judges were Springfield Local Schools Superintendent Chuck Sincere, Lakemore Fire Chief Brett Reinbolt and long-time resident Jill Cramer.
The judges took many factors into their decisions as to the winners in four categories. Each age group had a winner for the funniest, scariest, prettiest and most original. Winning kids received a $5 prize. Each child attending the party received a big bag of candy.
While waiting for their age group’s turn, kids waited in the fire bays, having juice and donuts.
From 5 to 7 p.m., kids had another chance to sugar up during the village's trick or treat and the Lakemore United Methodist Church’s trunk or treat.
The Fire Department pancake breakfast and the Halloween party have been happening for many years in the village on the Saturday before Halloween.