Thousands of kids will be out in neighborhoods tonight for trick-or-treating fun. Law enforcement agencies will also be out, making sure everyone stays safe. Our Brad Vivacqua has some safety tips to keep in mind.
UNITED STATES -- No matter where you live, you should expect to see plenty of children and their parents going door to door on this Halloween. You can probably expect to get some kids knocking on your door so stock up on what you plan to give away.
If you're out this evening, you're also reminded to use caution while you drive. Extra patrols will be out in local neighborhoods this evening and in some cases ambulance and fire crews will also help monitor public safety.
There are a few things parents should keep in mind if they have a child headed out for trick or treating later tonight. First, it's always better if children are accompanied by an adult while they go from house to house. If the kids go out without a parent they should try to travel in groups or with a friend.
Children should do their candy hunting in area they're familiar with. And despite the costume, kids should try to be as visible as possible. Police say they'll do all they can to protect everyone.
"Every municipality usually gets some sort of mischief and we try to be out there, and be visible to deter that and also make sure that trick-or-treaters are having a safe night as well," said Don Morris, Liverpool Police Department Chief.
Hours for trick-or-treating vary depending on your municipality. Generally, you can expect to see trick-or-treating start around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and go until about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Remember, parents should do a quick check of all that candy their child gets before it is consumed.