ENTERPRISE, Miss. (WTOK) - It's the holiday of candy corn and chocolate galore. Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for kids and adults, but it's also an evening full of safety hazards.
Enterprise Police Chief Joey Moulds says the first step to a safe night of trick-or-treating starts with the parents.
Chief Moulds said, "You always hear the statement, 'parents where are your children at?’ Well I kind of like the statement, 'children where are your parents at?'"
The chief says parents should be sure that their little monsters wear reflective gear or carry some sort of light so they can be seen at all times.
"I have lived in Enterprise my whole life. I've always felt safe going trick-or-treating. Never had a reason to feel unsafe, and we've been trick-or-treating with him for five years now," said Kristin Evans, parent and resident of Enterprise.
Officials say you should not let your child go to a house that is not decorated for Halloween. This may mean that the house is not giving out candy. It's also important that if you go out driving, you should pay extra attention to kids walking around. He also noted the importance to inspect all candy before eating.
"I think that the parents need to be totally involved with where their children are at all times especially on nights like trick-or-treating because you know the words trick or treat, and some kids are just kids and the trick part comes into play,” said Chief Moulds. "It's just to be very safe and everybody to come out and have a good time and do it slowly."
Planning ahead and remaining vigilant is the key to a successful night, but more importantly, have fun in the process.
"It's an awesome night. We all look forward to it. This is one night out of the year that the streets just kind of become the kids, and we have a business that hands out candy as well and it's just a whole lot of fun for adults and kids," said Tiffany Kidd, parent and owner of Kidd’s Korner.
Young people are allowed to trick-or-treat from 5 until 8 Tuesday night in Enterprise. Quitman and Stonewall will celebrate Halloween tomorrow night also from 5 until 8 p.m. Kids in Meridian will enjoy the festivities the following day on Wednesday starting 5 until 8 at night.