UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
Between zombies and tombstones, werewolves and witches, Halloween can be quite spooky. But for parents, potential dangers make the night more nerve-wracking than scary.
So here are a few tips to make sure everyone comes home safely.
"There's things they can put on their costumes, reflective tapes, if they will wear the wrist bands or put it around a hat or part of their costume so if a head light shines on it then they become quickly visible for somebody driving by," Waco PD Information Officer Patrick Swanton said.
Local Halloween stores have the products that will help keep your children safe while they're out trick-or-treating.
"We actually have this glow stick whistle and then it lights up, and then it's also a whistle at the end for children...for like pedestrians so they can see them and stuff as their going, they're driving through which is actually safe so nobody would hit the children or anything like that," Ashley Vigiel, an employee at Spirit Halloween said.
And once you get safely home...
"We always suggest that parents check the candies or the items the kids come home with. If it looks like it's been tampered with or it looks like it's old, throw it out, it's not worth taking the chance of someone getting sick," Swanton said.
Local police also warn there will be lots of children running around, so drive slowly all throughout the weekend and into Halloween night.