Zoar trick-or-treat draws record numbers

Zoar trick-or-treat draws record numbers

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Hundreds of children dressed for Halloween swarmed the streets of Zoar for trick-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Zoar Community Association sponsored the event, along with a costume contest and Halloween games in the Zoar Garden. The weather was just about perfect.

Volunteers rewarded the many witches, ghouls, princesses and even Minecraft characters with treats at the building’s historic museums. The Bolivar police and fire departments and some village residents also handed out goodies.

According to Tammi Shrum, site director for Historic Zoar Village, the ZCA has held a separate trick-or-treat in its museums for the past few years, but this year they invited the town’s businesses and residents to participate.

Jon Elsasser, president of the ZCA Board of Trustees, said he purchased 500 treats. “I was giving each child two or three treats, and I had to run out and buy more. I’m going to guess there were between 250 and 300 kids.”

Libby Moffat, who lives on Main Street, said she purchased 120 treats and ran out within 40 minutes.

Headless skeleton trophies were presented to the winners of various categories in the costume contest, which was judged by Mayor Scott Gordon, his wife Marilyn Gordon and Sherrie Baughman, who served for many years as a volunteer and employee at Historic Zoar Village.

Both Elsasser and Shrum were happy with the turnout. “It was nice to see so many people come out,” Elsasser said.

The village had plenty of volunteers to handle the crowd including some Tusky Valley High School students who signed up to help through the school.