---- — DANVILLE — With the the night approaching when goblins and ghouls, princesses and pirates ring neighborhood doorbells looking for candy, local law enforcement is suggesting several safety tips to parents and residents.
Most Halloween trick or treating falls on Thursday this year, with Danville hours running from 5-8 p.m. for children up to the age of 12.
According to Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason, local children who head out to trick or treat this Halloween should travel with as many as three or four others in their age group and only visit homes in their neighborhood.
Kids who are out after dark on Halloween should have a flashlight and use sidewalks whenever available. Trick-or-treaters also should accept treats at the door of a home and never go inside a residence.
Parents should make sure they are aware who their children will be out with and whether there will be supervision provided for them. Afterward trick or treating, parents should make sure they check candy and other treats and discard anything that is unpackaged or has an open wrapper, Thomason indicated.
As far as costumes are concerned, parents should avoid letting kids wear dark colored clothing that is difficult to see and should use reflective tape.
According to Thomason, make up is safer that masks, which can reduce vision.
For residents, the American Red Cross suggests residents who are welcoming trick-or-treaters this year leave on their porch light — the traditional sign that the house is handing out treats.
In addition, the Red Cross says residents should sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps and clear the porch and front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over. Pets should also be restrained.