City of Coralville News

Posted on: October 4, 2017

Halloween Trick or Treat Night Is October 31

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Coralville's city-wide Halloween trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, rain or shine. Trick-or-treaters should follow these tips for a safe Halloween:


Costumes

  • Make your trick-or-treater is visible in the dark. Wear glow sticks or glow necklaces, and put reflective tape on costumes. 
  • Put your child's name, address, and phone number within their costume in case they get lost.
  • Secure hats and wigs, and keep them out of eyes. When crossing the street, wear masks on the top of your head or remove them.
  • Keep long costumes and tails away from open flames and jack-o-lanterns.
  • Make sure artificial weapons don't look authentic, and remind kids how to be safe with a toy weapon: never point it at another person, and never say it is real.


Treats

  • Adults should check candy for signs of tampering and throw away anything unwrapped. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If harmful items are found, notify the Coralville Police Department at 319.248.1800.


Trick-or-Treating

  • A supervising parent or guardian should accompany children.
  • Trick-or-treat on well-lit streets in your own neighborhood, and carry a flashlight. Only go to homes that have porch lights on.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Walk on the sidewalk and always cross at intersections.
  • Use caution around unfamiliar animals or pets.


Parent Pointers

  • Before trick-or-treating, take a picture of your child with and without their costume.
  • Set a curfew so your child and the supervising adult know when to return home. Make sure your child knows how to access a phone.
  • Explain to your children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
  • Check www.iowasexoffender.com for sex offenders in the area where your kids will be trick-or-treating.


Resident Pointers

  • Avoid driving unless necessary and use caution.
  • Turn on your exterior garage lights for added safety, even if you are not handing out candy.
  • Turn on your front door lights if you are passing out treats.
  • Secure your pets and make sure they are wearing collars and ID tags.

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