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No candy allowed at Halloween parade in Dubuque

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A holiday known for candy won't be as sweet in Dubuque because candy is prohibited from the Halloween parade.

The city, along with the police department, and the event organizers, the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, saying it's a public safety issue.

Those who break the rule, will be told to leave.

"We have kids running from the sidewalk or the curb, towards moving vehicles endangering themselves," said Lt. Scott Baxter of the Dubuque Police Department.  "We've had people get into disturbances, physical disturbances, fighting over candy or other handouts."

Crowd control has been difficult with the growing event. To make the situation safer, in recent years, they've tried to limit the amount of treats passed out, but it hasn't really helped. "We've had some near misses at our parades," added Baxter.

Among parents in town, there's strong opinions on both sides. 

"I understand the safety concern, but at the same time I feel it's a little sad for the kids that they won't be able to get candy,"  said Abby Stickley. "Halloween is one of those special occasions for the children to have fun and get the candy, and that's kind of one of the fun parts of the parade."

Another mother told KWWL, her concern is allergies. She would prefer if other items like pencils were passed out, instead.

Those in charge say they don't want to ruin the fun, and are just trying to keep people safe. 

The parade takes place Monday, Oct. 30th at 6:30 p.m.

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