The Iowa City Police and Fire Departments are scheduled to participate in Halloween events around the community this week! Bring your ghouls and goblins to the following events:

  • Halloween Carnival: Friday, Oct. 29, 5 - 7 p.m., Chauncey Swan Ramp
  • Trunk or Treat: Saturday, Oct. 30, 4 - 6 p.m., Pizza Ranch, 171 Highway 1 W.
  • Trunk or Treat: Sunday, Oct. 31, 4 - 5 p.m., Our Redeemer Church, 2301 E Court St.
  • Trunk or Treat: Sunday, Oct. 31, 6 - 8 p.m., River Community Church, 3001 Muscatine Ave.
Halloween Safety Tips 

The City's trick-or-treat event takes place from 5:30 - 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31. Before you go out, check out these safety tips from the Iowa City Police and Fire Departments: 

  • Costumes should be safe for walking. Avoid long, billowing fabrics.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. 
  • Be visible. Carry a flashlight or wear something lighted. 
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult or responsible teen.
  • Do not enter homes. 
  • Stay away from candles and open flames.
  • Use a battery operated candle for jack-o-lanterns.  
  • Do not eat treats until they are brought home and examined by an adult. 
  • Drivers should be alert and on the lookout for children. 
Tips for trick-or-treating responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • If you are sick or been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or is symptomatic, stay home.
  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose throughout the evening. Halloween masks do not offer appropriate protection from COVID.
  • Limit your trick-or-treating group to your household. Stay at least six feet away from those who don’t live in your home.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
  • Avoid busy streets and areas that do not allow for 6 feet of distancing.
  • Don’t stop at homes that are not following safety guidelines, such as mask wearing and social distancing.
  • If you are new to Halloween, note that not all homes join in the celebration. Trick-or-treaters should respect homes with their lights off, as it may be home to someone who is either more vulnerable to COVID-19 or is not interested in participating.
Tips for households to participate safely
  • If you are sick or been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, do not participate.
  • If you want to provide candy, make sure to turn on your porch light, and light the area you would like to direct trick-or-treaters to, away from your front door.
  • Ask trick-or-treaters to hold up their bucket or bags while you gently toss a treat their way, maintaining a safe boundary between you.
  • Set out individual bags or cups on a table in the yard or driveway, ready for contactless pick-up while you wave from the garage or porch.   
  • Arrange to maintain six feet from trick-or-treaters by creating a well-lit barrier line of pumpkins or other decorations between you and the trick-or-treaters.
  • Use hand sanitizer often and wear your mask over your nose and mouth.
Compost your Pumpkin  

Remember to toss your jack-o-lantern in your yard waste container, not in your trash.

To compost, remove any candles or lights from inside your pumpkin and place it in your organics container, or in a brown paper yard waste bag, and then set it at the curb for collection on your normal service day. Limit 50 pounds per cart or bag.

Pumpkins can also be taken to the Iowa City Landfill at no charge. 

To learn more, visit or call 319-356-5151. 

Date of publication

Friday, October 22, 2021