Halloween is the night millions of kids look forward to every year. But there are a lot of dangers that come with the fun of trick-or-treating.
Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department says staying visible is key and rain or shine, it's best to stick with walking door to door.
"We discourage anyone from driving a vehicle and stopping and allowing their kids to get in and out," said Mouton.
And even though the candy can be tempting, it's best to keep it all wrapped up.
"Don't allow your kids to eat any candy until you've gotten home and had a good opportunity to inspect them," said Mouton.
And that's an idea Captain Kip Judice, with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office agrees. He said years ago, shards of razor blades were found in several candies from one neighborhood. So when in doubt, throw it out.
But Judice says parents need to be especially vigilant about who lives in the trick-or treating area. Some neighbors may be registered sex offenders.
"They cannot hand out candy, they cannot do any kind of haunted house or anything of that nature, they're restricted by law," said Judice.
Although sex offenders are prohibited from participating in Halloween activities, it doesn't mean the rules are always followed.
In order to keep along a safe route, a little research beforehand can make a big difference. And the sheriff's office has a searchable database through their website.
"Punch in your address and you can pick a radius, quarter mile, half mile, mile, two miles and determine how many sex offenders are in that area," said Judice.
The official trick-or-treating times for Thursday are 6:00pm-8:00pm. Law enforcement will be patrolling the streets. For more information, you can visit www.lafayettesheriff.com .