As hundreds of children hit the streets to trick-or-treat, here a few tips to make sure your Halloween stays safe and filled with fun.
Costumes: Make sure your children's costumes do not drag the ground. Long capes, dresses or other parts of the costume could cause your child to trip while crossing the street. Also make sure their clothing is light and easily seen in the dark. If the costume is made of dark colors you can add glow-in-the-dark bracelets or necklaces, or add reflective tape the clothing. A flash light can also come in handy.
Before heading out the door have a pre-made plan of the neighborhoods and houses you want to take your trick-or-treaters. Lubbock Police Sergeant Jonathan Stewart suggests trick-or-treating at homes of relatives or friends that you already know and trust. Never go to homes where the porch lights are turned off.
ALWAYS have an adult supervise the children as they walk from door to door. If you are going to a neighborhood you are not familiar with accompany them all the way to the door, especially if they are small children. If driving to different neighborhoods park at one end of the street and walk with your children rather than driving up to each house and letting them out.
Before you go out trick-or-treating make sure your little ones have a big meal so they're not enticed to eat the candy while going door to door. Also be sure to check every piece of candy when you get back home. Throw away any unwrapped candy.