ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thousands of children in Albany will be out on the streets trick or treating in a couple of weeks, but police say there's more to a successful Halloween night than the perfect costume and piles of candy.
Albany police will be out Saturday night patrolling neighborhoods and streets while trick-or-treaters go from house to house.
Officer said parents also have the responsibility to be an extra set of eyes and ears to make sure they're kids are safe.
Corporal Brian Covington encourages parents to make trick-or-treating a family event, adding that parents should always accompany their children.
Bright-colored costumes are a good idea for children, as motorists will be out on the roads during trick-or-treating hours.
Police recommend light-reflective costumes and ask parents to test out their child's costume ahead of time.
"It's good to be seen," said Corporal Covington. "We don't ever want anyone to get into a motor vehicle crash and the driver say, 'Well, I couldn't see them.' So it's best to have something that is reflective."
And before you let your kids dig into their candy, Corporal Covington said it is important for parents to check for holes or tears in the packaging as signs of possible contamination.
"We don't want anyone to get sick. And we don't even want to think that someone would do something like that to our children," said Corporal Covington. "But just to be on the safe side, we want to make sure that we're doing all of the checking that we can."
Police said small flashlights can also help to make sure trick-or-treaters can get from house to house safer, while also being more visible to drivers.
Police also urge drivers who plan to be out that Saturday night to be extra cautious.