Loads of spooktacular fun is planned for Iowa City this Halloween season, including a Halloween parade and carnival, an early trick-or-treat event with police, a monster themed tot event and of course trick-or-treating Halloween night. 
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Trick or Treat Night: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

Iowa City’s official Trick or Treat Night will be Monday, Oct. 31, from dusk to 8 p.m.

Halloween Safety Tips 

Have fun out there, but stay safe by following these guidelines from the Iowa City Police and Fire Departments:

  • Make sure that costumes allow trick-or-treaters to see and walk safely. Avoid long, billowing fabrics that drag on the ground, costume footwear (wear sturdy shoes), or masks that obstruct the ability to see or breathe. Cut out larger openings for eyes, nose, and mouth, if necessary.
  • Trick-or-treaters should be visible. Carry a flashlight or wear something lighted, such as a glow bracelet or necklace or shoes that light up, or add reflective tape to a Halloween costume or coat.
  • Parents, guardians, or a responsible older youth should accompany trick-or-treaters. Visit homes in familiar neighborhoods where the porch light is on and the area is well-lit. Make sure children understand that they are never to enter a stranger's home. Stay on the sidewalk rather than cutting across yards.
  • Instruct kids to stay away from candles and open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Adults are urged to use battery-powered candles in their jack-o-lanterns, and are also advised to make sure that the decorations they place on sidewalks, porches, steps, or other approaches do not pose a tripping or safety hazard to trick-or-treaters.
  • Halloween treats should not be eaten until they're brought home and examined by parents. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Drivers should be especially alert on Halloween. Keep an eye out for children who may be dressed in dark clothing or walking on roadways, medians, and curbs, or who may dart out from between parked cars. Also, be sure to enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Halloween is often a time for pranks that may have the potential to harm a person or property. If you see any unlawful or suspicious activity call 911 to report it.

 For more safety information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Ashten Hayes at 319-356-5273 or ashten-hayes@iowa-city.org or Fire Chief John Grier at 319-356-5256 or john-grier@iowa-city.org.

Earlier 2016 Events: 

Halloween Parade & Carnival: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

View the 2016 Halloween Parade and Carnival Video 

Celebrate the 70th annual Halloween Parade and Carnival! 

Tricksters of all ages are invited to meet at 6 p.m. at the Weatherdance Fountain on the Ped Mall in Downtown Iowa City, dressed in their Halloween attire.

The annual parade to the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., will begin at 6:15 p.m. Once the revelers arrive at the Recreation Center, even more fun gets underway with the Halloween Carnival, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy the Haunted STEAM Tunnel and a glow-stick dance party, as well as carnival-style games, crafts, prizes, tricks and treats, special visitors, and loads of other Halloween fun.

All ages and abilities are welcome. No pre-registration or fee is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for both of these events. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, but the carnival will go on as planned. 

Trick or Treat with Police: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 

Iowa City, Coralville and UI Police Officers will be handing out candy at four Iowa City locations:

Iowa City Shelter House, 429 Southgate Ave. from 5 to 5:30 p.m. 
Hy-Vee, 1125 N. Dodge St. from 6 to 6:30 p.m. 
Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 7:30 p.m. 
Fareway, 2530 Westwinds Dr. from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Kiddos and adults are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. Officers will distribute sweets and spend time with participants. 

Tot Monster Mash: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

This annual Halloween adventure, designed for kids ages 4-6, accompanied by a  parent or guardian, is Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dress up in Halloween costumes and join Parks and Recreation staff at Mercer / Scanlon, 2701 Bradford Drive for inflatables, games, stories, crafts, and more! No pre-registration or fee is required to participate.

Date of publication

Tuesday, September 27, 2016