By Michelle Sprehe
YORK TWP — Dinosaurs, cats and tigers were on the loose at the Erhart York Township Fire Department on Sunday night.
Children dressed as animals, princesses and superheroes played games, munched on treats and collected candy and prizes at the annual Halloween party hosted by the Erhart Firefighters Association.
The event started more than 20 years ago as a way to provide children in the township with a fun Halloween experience, event coordinator Dorothy Crouch said.
“I just love watching the costumes and the kids,” said Crouch, of York Township.
Karen Holler, of York Township, ran a fishing game at Sunday’s event. It was her 12th year as a volunteer.
“Our houses are so far apart, the children don’t get to enjoy door-to-door trick-or-treating, so it lets them enjoy Halloween,” Holler said of the event.
During the first 40 minutes of the two-hour event, more than 90 children were in the fire station at 6609 Norwalk Road, to play games and enjoy the night.
“You may not know them by name when they walk in, but you know their faces,” said Dan Lenarth, of York Township and a member of the association. “I think the adults enjoy it as much as the kids.”
The firefighters and association members set up the 10 games, inflatable jump-house and treats in about 30 minutes, though Crouch said she allotted two hours for the preparation.
“There is so much energy from firefighters when they put this on,” Crouch said.
The event was free and funded by the association and community donations, Crouch said.
“It’s an effort of the entire association,” Crouch said. “You couldn’t do it without dedication.”
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