CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police in Charleston say it's important for parents to keep their children safe during Halloween, and that there are several things every parent can do before heading out for a night of trick-or-treating.
First, test out their costumes, says Sgt. Trevor Shelor.
"Try on the costume early. Make sure the cape or the dress or the pants legs are not so long that you trip on them going up the stairs," he said. "It's one thing to not trip walking around, but you need to test them going up stairs."
He says masks may need some work, too.
"If kids are wearing a mask a lot of times the eye holes are too small to see the ground tree roots cracks in the ground," Shelor said.
He also says it's best to travel in groups and to work down one side of a street and then the other to cut down on the number of times children are crossing the street. Shelor also advises parents to try and trick-or-treat when it's still light outside. "We're always going to encourage the safety side to go out while it's light, but going out in the dark is half the fun."
He also advises parents to make their children wear glow sticks or even blinking tags to increase their visibility.
Shelor says another thing to keep in mind as children are picking out their costumes: if they are older than 14, don't use toy guns or other weapons, and if your child is over 16, don't wear masks because that could lead to an arrest.