POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am
TYLER - While the kids are trick-or-treating, parents are left safe guarding kids from danger. And there's some ground rules many don't consider.
One of the most important tips is to take your children trick-or-treating instead of letting them go alone. Make sure to only go to houses with the lights on and if possible, stay on sidewalks instead of in the road. Also bring a flashlight and cell phone in case of an emergency.
Once you're done trick-or-treating, make sure to go through and inspect your child's candy. Anything that looks like its been opened or unwrapped should be thrown away.
And then there are costumes. "Make sure your child can easily see out of it, if possible face paint is a great alternative," Dr. Melanie Wick said.
Finally, there's the issue of sex offenders. While some reports say on Halloween they have to turn off porch lights and avoid trick-or-treaters, Tyler police say there is no such law.
If you want to find out which houses have registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, you can log on to the Texas Department of Public Safety at https://records.txdps.state.tx.us .