Southeast area law enforcement officials have several tips for Halloween participants.
As alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department advises parents to take their children to parties at a neighbor's home or in local parks.
But for those parents who want their children to gather candy door to door, the department offered several suggestions. Parents should make sure their children start off while there is still light and cross only at corners.
Parents should also dress children in light colors or reflective tape and check that the costumes are short enough to avoid being stepped on or getting caught, according to the Sheriff's Department. And children wearing masks should maintain clear vision.