Sioux City announces trick-or-treating schedule

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The Sioux City Police Department announced that trick-or-treating will be observed from 6 to 8 pm, Monday, October 31.

The police department has offered the following safety tips for a safe and fun Halloween.

For Parents and Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Halloween costumes should be made of fire-retardant material, fit snugly so they don’t interfere with walking, and the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including pumpkins with candles.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are traveling alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should come home.
  • Only go to houses with the porch light on and never enter a house or car to receive a gift.
  • Before allowing your children to eat any of the treats, inspect them to make sure they are safe.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where you are going.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cross yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group at established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
  • Do not assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treating. Just because one car stops doesn’t mean others will.
  • Law enforcement authorities must be notified immediately of any suspicious or illegal activity.

For homeowners:

  • Make sure your yard is free of things like ladders, hoses, flower pots, pet leashes, etc.
  • Keep sidewalks, driveways, and patios free of tripping hazards.
  • Walkways and light paths that children can take.
  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick on the pumpkins.
  • Dried flowers, corn stalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.

For motorists:

  • Be on the lookout for trick-or-treating on Halloween. Slow down and continue to scan the road in areas where they are likely to be or where sight distances are limited.
  • On Halloween there will probably be more pedestrians on the streets and in places where they are not expected. Slower speeds save lives.
  • Be alert for pedestrians who might jump out from between parked cars or behind bushes. Stop, wait for them to pass.
  • Don’t look at your phone while driving. Your attention should always be on the road.
  • Pull over to the side of the road to let passengers out.
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