BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As Halloween festivities play out across East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish, a slew of children in cute little costumes will be knocking on area doors and amusing neighbors with choruses of, “trick or treat.”

But before parents send their little ones out for candy, there are a few precautions they may want to be aware of.

It’s the one time of the year kids get to be whoever they want, and while dressing up and collecting candy may seem simple, the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) wants to make sure everyone has an experience that is both fun and safe.

So, rule number one is never go trick or treating alone. 

“Don’t go out by yourself. Make sure you go out with a group of individuals, kids, and adults,” said L’Jean McKneely, Baton Rouge Police Public Officer.

Sgt McKneely also recommends always carrying a flashlight and reflective gear.

The second rule is to know exactly where you’re going.

“Go out in an area that you’re familiar with. Go out an area that, you know, there are trick or treating at,” McKneely said.

Everyone knows the best part of Halloween is the candy, but BRPD advises those of us with a sweet to slow down, saying it’s always best to have someone examine the goodies before consuming them. “

McKneely said, “Be mindful of the candy. If you have anything that you’re seeing that may seem suspicious in nature that’s unwrapped or it looks as if it has been rewrapped or resealed, you know, throw that candy away.”

Now that you have the tools to safely enjoy the tricks and the treats, be sure to check official trick-or-treating hours for your area.