'Tis an eerie night when suddenly ... a knock on the door.
You know it must be answered.
But take the bowl of candy along, for Trick-or-Treat will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Marshalltown.
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Boo-yah! Trick-or-Treat will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Marshalltown.
As goblins, witches and Rod Blagojevich (yes, he is on this year's popular costume list) wander the neighborhood in search of a major candy score, this will mean increased foot traffic.
And pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility of kids, parents and drivers.
"We're placing our children in some of the most dangerous traffic situations," said Milly Ortiz-Pagan with Iowa's Department of Transportation. "They are outside after dark, they walk on and cross unfamiliar streets and often wear dark colors difficult for motorists to see."
Therefore, all little ghouls should carry glow sticks or flashlights to see better - and in order to be seen. Costumes and bags should have retro-reflective tape, stickers or, if possible, made of light colors.
Face paint and makeup are good choices for dressing up since some masks or hats may slide down and cover the eyes.
Plus, forget over-sized shoes - that will only slow them down in a mad dash to the next house.
Children should cross at corner streets, using traffic signals and crosswalks where they exist. If there are no sidewalks, travel as far left of the road as possible, facing traffic.
In turn, drivers should slow down in residential areas, school zones and be on the lookout for children in streets, intersections and on raised medians or curbs.
As well, slowly exit driveways or alleys and concentrate on people walking about - especially Lady Gaga.
It's rumored she will be trick-or-treating, too.
Contact Tammy R. Lawson at 641-753-6611 or email@example.com