COLUMBIA CITY — Plans are already in place for trick-or-treating in Columbia City next month.

The city announced last month that trick-or-treat throughout the city will have extended hours this year, 5-8 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The event begins one hour sooner to accommodate for younger children and provide more time for residents to enjoy festivities, according to a news release from Mayor Ryan Daniel.

Government officials urge citizens to use caution that night as hundreds of children will be going door to door. The city fire department will be handing out candy and glow sticks at the fire station and the Columbia City Police Department will have extra units patrolling neighborhoods to ensure safety.

On Halloween day, the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center is bringing back Lil’ Pumpkins on Parade through the business district.

Downtown Columbia City businesses, nonprofits and government entities will pass out candy and treats to participants from 3-6 p.m. Families are invited to dress up in costume and walk from location to location.

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