Be Safe this Halloween

The Hiawatha community held its last Farmer’s Market for the Year Oct. 29, which coincided with its Fall Festival. A costume contest, sponsored by Hi-Crew Kiwanis, a bouncy house, and trick or treating at the market, were also held to celebrate Halloween.

Though there were a lot of great costumes, the Fire Fighter, Dalmatian puppy, and the fire truck built from a stroller won the Most Original costume, which was presented by Hiawatha Fire Chief, Mike Nesslage.

Hiawatha Fire Chief, Mike Nesslage, presented the Most Original Costume Oct. 29 at the Fall Festival, during the last Hiawatha Farmers Market of the year.

The following tips are a few reminders on how to stay safe this Halloween!

Trick or Treating Safety Tips from the CDC

The Center for Disease Control and prevention has compiled a list of safety tips that parents should share with their children before they go out Trick or Treating on Halloween night:

  • Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision problems, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult. Only visit houses that are well-lit. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries while wearing a costume. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

The meteorologist forecasts the night to be chilly, so be sure to dress warm!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!



Hiawatha Celebrates Fall

Peck’s Flower & Garden Shop, 3990 Blairs Ferry Road NE, celebrated fall in style Oct. 16, during its annual festival, which included free hayrack rides and popcorn, games, and of course, trick-or-treating.

A Hiawatha firefighter hands out tattoos at Peck’s Fall Fun Days Oct. 16.

The Hiawatha fire and police departments were also on hand to show off their cool vehicles and pass out treats.

More fall events are planned in Hiawatha, including a free dance for the special population Friday, Oct. 21, at the Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons Street. The dance is sponsored by Barbers, Ect.

Hiawatha’s last farmers market of the year coincides with the city’s fall festival Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 am to 2 pm in the Guthridge Park parking lot.

This free event will feature pumpkin decorating, a costume contest for the kids (sponsored by the HiCREW Kiwanis), trick-or-treating, and other fun activities.

(For a list of area Halloween activities, visit

Kid’s Movie Night will be held Friday, Nov. 11 at the Hiawatha Community Center at 6:30 pm. This free event includes juice and popcorn. Kids are encouraged to bring their pillows and blankets, and even their favorite stuffed animal snuggle with during the featured movie, “The Angry Birds.”

The movie night is sponsored by the University of Iowa Credit Union and Hiawatha Parks & Recreation.

Fore more Hiawatha events, visit the city’s website.