The Ottumwa Police Department announced Sunday, October 31st from 5:30 to 8:00 PM will be the city’s Trick or Treat Night.
The department says parents should encourage their children to wear reflective clothing that night as well as non-toxic makeup or decorative hats as an alternative to masks which could hinder a child’s vision. A responsible adult should accompany kids when they make their rounds during Halloween.
Homeowners are reminded to clear their walkways and driveways of tripping hazards. Additionally, they should avoid using candles or other real flames in their jack-o-lanterns. Instead, police suggest using battery-powered lights.
Trick or treaters should not eat any treats until it’s checked by an adult. When out and about, children are reminded to let their parents know where they are going, always use the sidewalk, only go to homes with a porch light on, and follow all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
Motorists are being asked to exercise extra caution by driving slow and keeping an eye out for any children in the street.