Waterloo Police Department recommends the following safety tips for children and parents for the up-coming Halloween night, which has been designated in Waterloo on Monday, October 31, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

       Make sure the costume and shoes fit. Make sure your children can see and hear
       perfectly through the costume or mask. We recommend the use of facial make-up
       instead of masks when possible. 

       Parents or a trusted adult should accompany young children. 

       Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know. Never enter a stranger’s

       Watch for traffic.  Use sidewalks when possible.  Only cross at corners
       or crosswalks. 

       Make it easy for drivers to see your children.  Carry a flashlight or glow sticks, or add
       reflective "glow in the dark” tape or patches to costumes.  Wear light colored clothing
       that’s short enough to prevent tripping. 

       Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy. 

       Don’t eat treats until they have been examined by a parent or trusted adult. 

       Keep costumed children away from pets. The pets may not recognize the child and
       become frightened and/or aggressive. 

       Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as swords or daggers. Use foam rubber, which
       is soft and flexible.


Any concerns, please call consolidated dispatch at 319-291-2515.

Captain Tim Pillack