LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Halloween can be a fun for people of all ages, but it's important to also think about how to keep you and your children safe this
The Lawton Police Department is providing tips for people planning to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. Police are reminding parents to be cautious of other trick-or-treaters crossing the streets and drive slowly in neighborhoods.They also recommend having a plan and keeping your cell phone with you in case an emergency happens.
When you head out to different neighborhoods next week for Halloween there are a few things you should do.
"Pay attention to where you are going, your whereabouts, people around you. If you are going in a group make sure you have a game plan, make sure you know where you are going to be trick-or treating at, and how long you are going to be trick or treating in the area," said Jenkins.
Go to homes that are well lit, and never go inside of a house.
"If they tell you come inside and get the candy go to the next house don't go to anybody's house that you don't know or it's not a family member many times children are trick-or-treating they do want to go inside because they want the candy and they feel like hey it's there I want get it," said Jenkins.
Parents be sure to check your child's candy before they eat any of it.
"They can switch candy out a lot of times there are drugs out there that do look like candy and taste like candy so they can switch out the candy with pills and different types of drugs so we want all the children to let their parents check the candy before they start eating it," said Jenkins.
Dressing your kids in bright colored costumes is also recommended. If you do wear something dark make sure you have a glow stick, or flashlight so people can see you. If you wear a mask make sure it doesn't not obstruct your vision.
"We want you to be visible putting on those things like the glow sticks or things that tie around your neck that do glow in the dark it makes you visible it makes the driver and the other people and other people with families able to see you," said Jenkins.
The Lawton Police Department will be patrolling neighborhoods all night. Trick-or-treating hours for the City of Lawton and Fort Sill will be on Halloween night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.