Local law enforcement officials are sharing Halloween safety tips in an effort to keep families safe and educated on potential dangers this holiday.

“We want kids to have good time during Halloween but we want them to be safe,” said Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller.

Halloween trick-or-treating hours are set for 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight in Onslow County.

“At the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office we recommend good parental or adult supervision to reduce any possibility of a child or young person getting hurt. Child safety is a community responsibility, it falls on everyone — not just law enforcement — to make sure that happens,” Miller said. 

Here are a few ways that the entire community can be safe during Halloween trick-or-treating as recommended by law enforcement officials:

Tips for Motorists:
• Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
• Watch for children in dark clothing.
 
Tips for Parents:
• Make sure that an adult or older, responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under the age of 12.
• Check the sex offender registry at ncdoj.gov when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
• Plan and discuss the route and trick-or-treat in a group. Know the names of older children’s companions.
• Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.
• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
• Establish a return time.
• Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
• All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
 
While trick-or-treating:
• Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
• Walk — do not run — from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
• Walk on sidewalks and not in the street.
• Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks.
 
Safety tips for treats:
• Give children an early meal before going out.
• Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
• Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces before eating it.
• Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped or has a strange odor, color or texture.
 
Decorating safely:
• Keep candles and Jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
• Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
• Keep candles and Jack-o-lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire.
• Do not leave your house unattended.
 
And be sure to enter your Halloween photos in The Daily News’ Halloween Costume Contest. One winner, chosen at random, will take home a $100 gift card. To enter, submit a photo of your Halloween outfit at JDNews.com before noon on Nov. 1.