Northwest Iowa — Due to Halloween falling on church night, different towns have different plans for their trick-or-treating and Halloween festivities this year.
In Sheldon, the festivities will take place on Tuesday instead. The Sheldon Library will have their Halloween from 3:30-5 PM. Trick-or-treating in downtown Sheldon will be from 4:30-5:30. Citywide residential door-to-door trick-or-treating will be from 5-7. Sanford Senior Care will see trick-or-treaters from 6-7, and the Fear and Fun All In One will be from 5:30-7. Again, all of that on Tuesday night in Sheldon.
Sibley will also have their trick or treating around town on Tuesday, October 30th. The trick or treating downtown will be on Tuesday evening from 4-5 PM.
The Sioux Center Chamber is not directing people when to trick-or-treat. The Annual Sioux Center “Hallelujah Party” is on the 31st at the Dordt Rec Center, sponsored by Bridge of Hope Church. It runs from 5:30 until 8. At the Centre Mall, children may trick or treat in mall stores from 5-7 Wednesday evening.
In Orange City, business trick or treating will be on Wednesday the 31st from noon to 8 PM. Participating businesses (with the Orange sign in their window) will be offering a trick or treat to anyone that comes in in costume. Orange City city-wide trick or treating will also be Wednesday evening.
In Rock Rapids, the downtown business Halloween Parade will be on Wednesday afternoon, the 31st, starting at 4 PM. Trick-or-treaters walk a downtown loop and visit downtown merchants. Merchants who are not located downtown are invited to set up along the route as well and meet trick-or-treaters. Kids and their parents are to meet at the Sunshine Foods Parking Lot. Citywide trick-or-treating will also be on the actual Halloween night — Wednesday night.
In George, due to Halloween falling on church night, the City Council has set trick-or-treat night for Tuesday, October 30th. Kids will be out from 5 to 7 Tuesday night. HOWEVER — as part of their Halloween party at George-Little Rock School, they bus the kids to the downtown for downtown trick-or-treating — and THAT will be on Halloween proper — on Wednesday afternoon.
The Iowa Department of Transportation reminds motorists that increased pedestrian traffic at twilight and throughout the evening means drivers need to be more mindful than ever to scan streets and intersections for pedestrians. There are on-average, four times more deaths of children in car accidents on Halloween than other nights of the year.
Excitement may overtake judgment for some trick-or-treaters. Young children may not understand they lack the physical ability to cross a street quickly; and their small size limits their visibility to drivers. Children are likely to choose the shortest, rather than the safest route, to cross streets, often darting out between parked cars. In addition, young children do not evaluate potential traffic threats effectively, cannot anticipate driver behavior and process sensory information slower than adults.
Safety tips for parents and children from the DOT:
Accompany young children. Children under age 12 should always be accompanied by an adult or older, responsible child.
See and be seen. Kids should carry glow sticks or flashlights to see better in the dark, as well as be seen by drivers. Costumes and bags should be decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, made of light colors.
Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks (where they exist). Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk – don’t run – across the street.
Walk on sidewalks or pathways. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
Be a safe pedestrian around vehicles. Watch for vehicles that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars. When exiting a vehicle, get out of the vehicle on the curb side – not on the traffic side.
Get painted! Face paint and makeup are a better choice for children because they do not hinder vision the way that masks can. Avoid wearing hats that may slide down and cover the eyes.
Prevent tripping and falls. Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes.