Spooktacular tips to stay safe this Halloween

Trick-or-treaters at local fire stations

Trick-or-treaters at local fire stations

"Children under 12 should always make sure they have an adult with them when they're going out".

Trick-or-treat in groups. Never alone. Costumes that are too long in the front can create a tripping hazard and masks can obstruct a child's vision.

Make sure your kids get all treats and no tricks this Halloween.

Carry a flashlight or glow stick. "This generation of children could have shorter lives - actually as much as five years shorter lifespan - than their parents, simply because of the risk factors that go along with obesity", she said.

Trick-or-treaters should either avoid carrying fake weapons, or use props that are clearly fake to avoid being mistaken for real weapons.

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Use sidewalks and stay out of the street whenever possible. Also, make sure the shoe fits!

"When they drive through the neighborhoods take that extra time, drive slowly, stay off the phone and keep an eye out for the youngsters trick or treating tomorrow".

- Approach only homes that have porch lights on.

With the excitement of Halloween, trick-or-treaters may forget pedestrian safety rules.

Call the Bossier Sheriff's Office at (318) 965-2203 or your law enforcement agency about any suspicious activity or if candy is suspected of being tainted.

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Starting at dusk, Morristown Fire Department Station 1 on West Louise Avenue will be handing out candy until it runs out, usually ending around 8 p.m.

Don't allow children to eat treats until a responsible grownup examines them first.

Sheriff Whittington also reminds residents that sex offenders are not allowed to participate in Halloween activities.

Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday night, many drivers will be heading home from work.

As goblins and ghouls prepare to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, health experts agree it's important to think about just how much sugar they're consuming on the holiday and every day. You can also check with the Louisiana State Police website at www.lsp.org/ under "Sex Offender Registry" to locate sex offenders in other parishes throughout Louisiana.

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