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Why tornado sirens always sound on Halloween in Festus

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This is one of the storm sirens in Festus, used to announce the beginning and end of trick or treating on Halloween. This is one of the storm sirens in Festus, used to announce the beginning and end of trick or treating on Halloween.
A group of children in Festus waiting for the storm sirens to go off to announce the start of trick or treating on Halloween. A group of children in Festus waiting for the storm sirens to go off to announce the start of trick or treating on Halloween.
Children trick or treating in Festus where storm sirens are sounded to mark the beginning and end of trick or treating. Children trick or treating in Festus where storm sirens are sounded to mark the beginning and end of trick or treating.
FESTUS (KMOV.com) -

The City of Festus set off its network of storm sirens twice on Halloween but there were no tornadoes. The sirens were turned on at 6 pm and again at 9 pm.

Festus resident and parent Amy Schilly explained why, "Notification that it was time to get out and go trick or treating. The kids look forward to it. So I think it's a good tradition."

For more than three decades, the city has used it's storm sirens to announce the start and the end of trick or treating. 

Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis told News 4, "We do it as a public service announcement." He added, "The main thing is to get the information out to everybody, the system is for more than letting people know when we have a tornado coming."

Residents say sometimes young kids and new residents are startled when the sirens go off, but they catch on quickly. 

"Well they'll know real quick when trick or treaters come knocking at your door, that there wasn't a storm, said Mandi Clubb.

Parents say it's a tradition that dates back to when they were kids.

Michelle Vogel said, "Ever since I've lived in Festus they've always done that."

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