The annual trick-or-treating night for Ames will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 31. Suggested hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

According to a news release from the city of Ames, the Ames Police Department offered some of the following suggestions in order to keep children safe. 

"For drivers:

  • Slow down in residential areas.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Pay extra attention at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Pick a safe location and turn on hazard lights when picking up/dropping off children.
  • Consider turning on the vehicle’s headlights prior to dusk.

For everyone:

  • Talk openly about safety and the expectations for the night.
  • Carry a cellphone if possible.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle.
  • Don’t trick or treat alone.
  • Remove all hazards from steps, porches and sidewalks.
  • Keep candles away from combustible materials.
  • Report any suspicious behavior to the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133.

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