NOTE: When this story went to press, Wellington still planned to have trick-or-treating on Oct. 31. Due to weather concerns, including predicted wind gusts of 50 mph, the village decided to move trick-or-treating to Saturday, Nov. 1. Justice said she will be serving up pizzas Saturday.
While other folks hand out lollipops and chocolates tonight, Myssi Justice will be firing up her backyard brick oven.
She’s been making dough and rolling it into crusts since Oct. 1, preparing to give 250 pizzas away to hungry Halloween trick-or-treaters at 245 Montrose Way.
“I do this because I remember how difficult it was to get kids to eat dinner on Halloween, get them in costumes and get out the door to have fun,” she said.
Justice, who moved to Wellington in 2018, said she fell in love with the town right away. Her Halloween pizza party is her way of adding to the village’s charm, she said.
It’s also a way to celebrate her birthday, which was Oct. 14.
Justice’s longtime partner, Jim Schubert, said he doesn’t care how much the backyard bash costs — it’s well worth it.
“This is all I want for my birthday, and he gets me everything I want,” Justice said.
Visitors can walk down the well-lit path around the house and find canopies and tables set up.
They’ll find thin crust cheese and pepperoni pizzas, bags of candy, cupcakes, and cookies. There will also be coffee, hot chocolate, apple cider and bottled water.
Justice warned the food could contain allergens and gluten.
She and Schubert, a former firefighter, are extending a special invitation to law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other village workers.
The party is open to everyone. “I don’t care if you’re three or 23,” Justice said. “This is for all kids and adults on Halloween, no matter your age.”
There’s no charge but anyone who wants to can donate pet supplies to benefit the Animal Protective League and Lorain County Pet Pantry.
Donations can be made at 245 Montrose Way or at 207 Elm St. No money will be accepted.