KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Halloween can be a lot of fun, but everyone needs to make sure it's a safe holiday. Here are a few tips for parents from police:
If you're trying to pick out a costume, officers say to make sure they're made of a flame-retardant material. If your child's costume isn't a bright color, add reflective tape.
Bring along a flashlight or glow stick.
Pap out a trick-or-treating route ahead of time. Make sure you stay in familiar neighborhoods, and avoid isolated areas and homes that are poorly lit.
Never send your young children out alone, and always walk them to the door, but never go inside a stranger's house. Even older children shouldn't go out alone. Go with them or make sure they're with a large group.
Be careful crossing streets; do it at a crosswalk or well-lit corner and always pay attention to your surroundings.
Check your candy when you get home. Don't eat anything that's unwrapped and inspect any freshly made goodies.