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Halloween trick-or-treat times in eastern Iowa

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Put on your costume, grab your bag and get ready to go trick-or-treating.

Here are the trick-or-treat times around eastern Iowa, related Halloween events in the area and tips on how kids and pets can stay safe:

Anamosa
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-8 p.m.

Aplington
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Belle Plaine
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-8 p.m.

Cascade
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Cedar Falls
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Cedar Rapids
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- City does not specify a time

Charles City
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Clarksville
Friday, Nov. 1 -- 6-8 p.m.

Coralville
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-8 p.m.

Cresco
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5 p.m. until porch lights turn off

Decorah
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- City does not specify a time

Denver
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Dike
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dubuque
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dunkerton
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Dyersville
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Eldora
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Elk Run Heights
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Evansdale
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Fairbank
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Farley
Sunday, Oct. 27 -- 5:30-7 p.m.

Fayette
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Fredericksburg
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 4-7 p.m.

Gilbertville
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Gladbrook
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Grinnell
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Grundy Center
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-8 p.m.

Hiawatha
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Hudson
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Independence
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-8 p.m.

Iowa City
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- dusk until 8 p.m.

Janesville
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Jesup
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

La Porte City
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lisbon
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-8 p.m.

Manchester
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Maquoketa
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Marengo
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Marion
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- City does not specify a time (but usually from dusk until porch lights turn off)

Monona
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- City does not specify a time

Monticello
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Mount Vernon
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-8 p.m.

Nashua
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- City does not specify a time (watch for porch lights)

New Hampton
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- dusk to 8 p.m.

New Hartford
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

North Liberty
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-8 p.m.

Oelwein
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Parkersburg
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-8 p.m.

Postville
Thursday, Oct. 31 - City does not specify a time

Raymond
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Readlyn
Sunday, Oct. 27 -- 4-6 p.m.

Shell Rock
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Shellsburg
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- dusk until 8:30 p.m.

Sigourney
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Sumner
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-8 p.m.

Tama
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Tipton
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Toledo
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Tripoli
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Vinton
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5-7 p.m.

Washington
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- downtown event 5-6 p.m.; around town 6-7:30 p.m.

Waterloo
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 6-8 p.m.

Waukon
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 4-8 p.m.

Waverly
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Williamsburg
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- around the Square - 3-5 p.m.; at the Mall - 4-6 p.m.; around town until dark

Wilton
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

West Union
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Don't see your city? Call (319) 291-1260 or email asteffen@kwwl.com to add or correct locations and times. Smaller towns may not have specified trick-or-treat times; in those cases, parents are asked to use their judgment and to only visit homes with porch lights on.
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Other Halloween-related events (by date):

Harvest Hayrack Night (Ushers Ferry, Cedar Rapids - $5-$9)
Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- 7-8:30 p.m. (featuring hayrack rides, hot cocoa around a bonfire, crafts)

Halloween Spooktacular (Black Hawk County YMCA, Waterloo - free)
Thursday, Oct. 24 -- 6-8 p.m. (featuring an indoor inflatable slide, costume contest, kids games, face painting, craft zone, snack)

Jaycees Jack O' Lantern Night (downtown Waverly - free)
Thursday, Oct. 24 -- 6-7:30 p.m. (featuring trick or treating)

Spooky Swim (Bender Pool, Cedar Rapids - $5.50)
Friday, Oct. 25 -- 6-8:30 p.m. (featuring games, relays, treats)

Special Populations Halloween Dance (St. Wenceslaus Church, Cedar Rapids - $5)
Friday, Oct. 25 -- 7-9 p.m. (featuring a dance, costume contest)

Night at Ushers Scary (Ushers Ferry, Cedar Rapids - $13)
Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 -- 7-10 p.m. (featuring spooky guided candlelight tour)

Children's Halloween Party (Waverly Public Library - free)
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- 10:30-11:30 a.m. (featuring stories, snacks, activities)

Kids Halloween Carnival (Tipton High School - free)
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- 5-7 p.m. (featuring carnival games, raffle, $3 meal)

Trunk or Treat Family Fall Festival (The Salvation Army parking lot, Cedar Rapids - free)
Tuesday, Oct. 29 -- 4-6 p.m. (featuring red kettle bouncer, crafts, cookie decorating, games and $5 meal)

YMCA Halloween Carnival (Upper Elementary Gymnasium, Grundy Center - free)
Tuesday, Oct. 29 -- 5-8 p.m. (featuring carnival games, raffle, haunted hallway and $5 meal)

Trick-or-Treating at UNI (University of Northern Iowa residence halls - free)
Wednesday, Oct. 30 -- 5-7 p.m. (featuring candy, coloring, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, costume red carpet)

Halloween on Main (downtown Cedar Falls - free)
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 3:30-5 p.m. (featuring trick-or-treating)

Trick or Treat on 5th Street (Participating 5th Street businesses, Coralville - free)
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 3:30-5:30 p.m. (featuring trick-or-treating during daylight hours)

Teen Haunted House (Waverly Public Library - free)
Thursday, Oct. 31 -- 8:30-10:30 p.m. (featuring haunted library)

Trunk or Treat (Kittrell Elementary School, Waterloo - free)
Friday, Nov. 1 -- 6 p.m. (featuring decorated car trunks, candy, food drive)

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Here are several tips from the Iowa City Police Department to ensure a safe Halloween:

ABOUT THOSE COSTUMES:

  • If a mask is part of the Halloween costume, it should be easy to get on and off, and should not obstruct a trick-or-treater's ability to see or breathe. Don't hesitate to cut out larger openings for eyes, nose, and mouth, if necessary. Consider using non-toxic face paint instead of a mask.
  • Avoid any costumes that drag on the ground to avoid tripping hazards, and make sure costumes are made with fire-retardant materials.
  • Have your children wear good-fitting shoes rather than costume footwear, such as pretend high heels or too-large boots.
  • For young ninjas and other similar characters: Knives, swords, and other costume props should be made of cardboard or another flexible material that won't cause injury in case of a fall. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Make sure that your child is easy to see: Have your trick-or-treater carry a flashlight or wear something lighted, such as a glow bracelet or necklace, flashing attire, or shoes that light up. Or, dress your child in light-colored clothing, which is easier to see, or add reflective tape to a Halloween costume or coat.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO KEEP TRICK-OR-TREATERS SAFE:
  • Consider the safety of trick-or-treaters when doing your exterior decorating. Make sure that jack-o-lanterns or other seasonal decorations that feature candles, lights, or cords do not pose a danger to children and the adults who accompany them, and remove these items from sidewalks and porches when the time comes for trick-or-treaters to arrive.
  • Drivers are asked to be especially alert on Halloween. Keep a close watch for children who may be dressed in dark clothing or walking on roadways, medians, and curbs, or who may dart out from between parked cars. Also, be sure to enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Parents, guardians, or a responsible older youth should accompany children when they're trick-or-treating, even if they're staying close to home. Instruct children to never enter a stranger's home.
  • Trick-or-treat at homes in familiar neighborhoods, and only stop at homes where the porch light is on and the area is well-lit.
  • Plan a trick-or-treat route in advance to look for any obstacles that might cause problems, such as broken sidewalks or construction projects. Remind your children not to cut across lawns or driveways, to avoid potential hidden obstacles and upset homeowners.
  • Dress children appropriately for the weather. Make sure they stay hydrated and don't over-heat in a heavy costume.
  • Keep track of time and don't go past the posted end-time.
  • Don't let the kids eat any Halloween treats until they're brought home and examined by parents. Fruit that's been offered should be washed prior to eating. When in doubt, throw it out.
Halloween is also a time for pranks that may have the potential to harm a person or property. If you see any unlawful or suspicious activity, call 911.

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Pet Safety:

As households across the country prepare themselves for Halloween, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control advises pet lovers on how to keep their animals safe.

Halloween poses special hazards due to frequently opened doors, door bells and excessive noise which can be frightening to pets, and most importantly chocolate and other candies which are toxic to animals.

Here are a few Halloween pet safety tips to ensure that our best friends are kept safe.

  • Make sure your pets have on identification at all times. With that front door continuously opening and closing for trick-or-treaters, there is a chance they could run out - especially if they're spooked.
  • Give your pets a quiet, safe place on Halloween. Scary parties, constant doorbell ringing or too many strangers in your home can be stressful to your four-legged friends and even make them physically ill.
  • Halloween candy, wrappers and decorations should be kept out of your pets' reach. Chocolate can be toxic to animals, and many sugar-free candy, gum and baked products today contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any amount of xylitol, call your veterinarian immediately. Tinfoil, cellophane, plastic candy wrappers and party supplies can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Keep lighted pumpkins out of your pet's reach. Pets can knock them over, and curious kittens especially run the risk of being burned. Keep all electrical cords and wires out of your pet's reach. Halloween decorations are a great way to celebrate the holiday but can be harmful and even deadly to your pets should they chew on or ingest them.
  • Unfortunately, there can be tricks in addition to treats on Halloween. Keep your pets inside so that they will not be the target of pranksters who might tease, injure, steal and even seriously harm pets on this night.
  • Costumes are fun for people, but not necessarily for your pets. Don't dress up your pet unless you know they enjoy it. Make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe, and doesn't restrict movement, vision, hearing or ability to breathe or bark. Avoid costumes with small or dangling accessories that the pet could chew off and possibly choke on. Make sure that costumed pets are supervised at all times.
  • It's never a good idea to take your pet trick-or-treating. Dogs may become excited and uncontrollable, and if frightened may bite. For their protection, cats should be kept indoors at all times.

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