OTTUMWA — It’s more than a month away, but there’s a good chance some area children are counting the days until they get to go door-to-door looking for candy.

The Ottumwa Police Department has announced the officially sanctioned hours for trick-or-treating will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. They are encouraging parents to take a close look at costumes to make sure they are visible in the dusk, and consider hats and makeup instead of masks that can block peripheral vision.

Adults should review their children’s routes for trick-or-treating, and young children should be accompanied. And, while incidents with tainted treats are rare, parents should always check their children’s haul before letting them eat it.

Police are also urging homeowners to consider using battery-powered lights in their jack o’lanterns to reduce the potential for accidental fires. If real candles are used, they need to be placed away from flammable objects and out of trick-or-treaters’ way.

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