Ready for Area Ghoulish fun??

halloweenHalloween is next Friday – are you ready for the hoards of trick or treaters coming to your door?

You may want to check and see if your entry is safe for the little beggars….


Make sure the way to your porch and your porch are well lit. This could prevent little ghostly feet from tripping and falling.

Use the highest wattage bulb for your outdoor lighting and add landscape lights every few feet along your front walk. Solar power lights work well for this.

Clear the way

Children dressed in their Halloween finest and possibly already on their way to a sugar high, are not looking where they are walking (or running). Clear the way of any potted mums, jack-o-lanterns or other decorations. These things are great, but make sure groups of goblins have other things on their minds than watching where they are going.


There are neat lighting for jack-o-lanterns and other Halloween decorations. Please don’t use candles. A child may knock the candle over setting something ablaze, or worse yet their costume may catch on fire. You certainly wouldn’t want either of these things to happen, so stick with lights.

Keep your property safe

As you’re busy at the front door, keep your other entries to your house secure. This is a spooky night and you sure don’t want to caught off guard by an intruder or vandal, keep the other areas locked and lit.

You may want to install a motion light. Not only would it be handy on all Hallow’s Eve, but could come in handy year round.

Unfortunately, the night of fun and merriment can turn tragic. In their excitement, children often dash in the street between parked cars. Why not talk to your neighbors and have all the cars off the streets?

Trick or Treat Times

  • Atkins, October 31: 4 to 8 pm.
  • Belle Plaine , October 31: 5 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Cedar Rapids, October 31: No official time
  • Dysart, October 31: 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Gladbrook, October 31: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • La Porte City, October 31: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Marengo, October 31: dusk until porch lights are turned off.
  • Shell Rock, October 31: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tama, October 31: 5 to 7 pm.
  • Toledo, October 31: 5 to 7 pm.
  • Traer, October 31: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Urbana, October 31: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Vinton, October 31: 5 – 7 p.m.

Keystone Trick or Treating

Friday, October 31st starting with a judging contest at Keystone Turner Hall at 5:00 pm – FREE hotdogs and a drink for the kids!) followed by Trick or Treating throughout the town!!!

Area Haunts

happy halloween

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