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Kinnick Stadium welcomes fans dressed in costumes for Hawkeye games that fall on Halloween, as long as they're not dressed as law enforcement officers or carrying weapons, even if they're fake.

“We're just trying to give some people some common guidelines of what would be considered a risk to us or a risk to other people,” University of Iowa Public Safety Director David Visin said.

Some fans think security shouldn't treat fake weapons as a threat.

“If it's not, like, a real weapon, I guess I just don't really see what the problem of it would be,” Hawkeye fan Abigail Peterson said at the game.

But some fans agree that dressing as law enforcement should be prohibited.

"I totally understand how they wouldn't want people to be dressed as someone with power if they're not someone holding that power,” fan Bradley Herron said.

Another safety concern this Halloween was the Hawkeye game let out right as young trick-or-treaters were hitting the streets.

“There's gonna be heavy traffic leaving the stadium," Visin said. "and we just wanna make sure that people are aware of kids maybe walking across the street.”

But the majority of parents feel their kids are safe.

“We came here on purpose because of the game today and then the trick-or-treating after the game," Omaha resident Scott Peters said. 

Peters is the father of two tick-or-treaters, and says because of the presence of several police departments in the area, he's happy to be here and feels he and his kids are safe here. 

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