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When your child is picking out a costume, make sure to pick the right size and use non-toxic face paints instead of masks.

Be sure an adult checks all Halloween candy before trick-or-treaters dig in.

- Ideally, children younger than 12 should trick-or-treat with an adult.

Officers said they'll focus on neighborhoods with trick-or-treaters and will even be handing out candy themselves. "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.

"Halloween is a fun and enjoyable night for our children, and my deputies will be concentrating their patrol duties in residential areas to help keep families and children safe", said Sheriff Julian Whittington. Drive slowly and be careful backing up.

It is recommended to travel in groups only in familiar areas along a planned route and not to eat any candy until children have returned home, the information said.

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

Keep costumes simple. Avoid long, fancy costumes that may cause children to trip and fall. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

· Make sure costumes are above floor length and all accessories fit properly to prevent tripping or entanglement.

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.

- Approach only homes that have porch lights on.

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

As ghosts and ghouls take to the streets of Idaho Falls for trick-or-treating Tuesday, the Idaho Falls Police Department has released safety tips for parents and children.

Mild and clear weather might make this Halloween an extra busy one, and police are sharing tips to keep those little superheroes and zombies safe. "You can view maps that pinpoint registered sex offenders' addresses in your neighborhood".