Halloween may be a fun day for kids, but for parents the trick-or-treat time can be a bit challenging, Sheriff Barry Virts said. For costumes use face paint which is safer than a mask - and it's more fun! Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape. Check that costumes are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a tripping hazard.

Halloween may be a fun day for kids, but for parents the trick-or-treat time can be a bit challenging, Sheriff Barry Virts said. For costumes use face paint which is safer than a mask - and it's more fun! Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape. Check that costumes are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a tripping hazard.

Trick-or-Treaters should: Travel in pairs or groups and stay together. Walk on the sidewalk or on the side of the road facing traffic. Stop, look and listen at corners. Plan a safe route stopping only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. Carry a flashlight or glow stick. Be respectful of other people and their property.

Trick-or-Treaters DO NOT: Do not go inside a stranger's house or get into a stranger's car. Do not run across yards or streets. Do not approach dark and/or unlighted houses. Do not go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets.

Parents with younger children should accompany their children, plan to trick-or-treat while it's still light out and walk with your children to each house and wait in the driveway for them.

Children should save all their candy until they get home and inspect all treats. Throw away any unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies. If your child becomes suddenly ill, IMMEDIATELY call your doctor or dial 911! Try to determine what the child has eaten and where it came from. Save all wrappers.

At your home put away anything trick-or-treaters could trip over. Turn the lights on and replace any burned-out bulbs at the walkway and front door. Remember, your jack-o-lantern and any other candles or electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small children and away from flammable materials. Never leave your house unattended. If you have to leave your house, make sure all the doors are locked and keep a light on.

If driving, watch for trick-or-treaters in the streets and darting out from between parked cars.