Tips on how to keep your goblins, princesses safe this Halloween

POSTED: 11:45 AM Oct 30 2013   UPDATED: 12:48 PM Oct 31 2013
ABILENE, Texas -

As trick-or-treaters hit the streets Thursday, it's important for everyone to keep a few things in mind to have a fun, but safe, Halloween.

Drivers – be on the lookout for those trick-or-treaters.

"Well, of course, first and foremost, is don't drink and drive," Department of Public Safety spokesman Fred Biddle said. "Secondly, slow down, especially in your neighborhoods and lastly, the most important thing is to put those hand-held devices away for one night." 

Those on the quest for candy can take safety measures, too.

"Wearing bright clothing, carrying a flashlight with you, cross in safe areas," Biddle said. "Don't cross in-between cars. Cross where there's a corner or intersection."

And while those Skittles and Snickers might be tempting out on the road, Biddle said trick-or-treaters shouldn’t eat any of their candy until they get home and sort it out.

"Let your parents go through it," Biddle said.

Biddle also said it's important kids know their parent's phone numbers and how to call 911 just in case they get separated or have an emergency.

Here's another thing to keep in mind: There are nearly 350 registered sex offenders in Taylor County.

Those sex offenders who are on probation right now will be required to take part in a program called "Lights Out" tonight.

The local Community Supervisions and Corrections Department locks the sex offenders in a room during prime trick-or-treat times.

This program began in 2005, a year after a sex offender was spotted at an elementary school Halloween party.

Registered sex offenders on probation aren’t allowed to decorate their homes for Halloween and must keep their porch lights off between the hours of 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Halloween night.

If trick-or-treating isn't your thing, there's plenty of other things to do tonight in the Big Country.

The Paramount Theatre downtown is showing "Aliens" tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6.

Beltway Park Baptist Church is hosting a no-costume Barn Dance tonight from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be live music, food and activities.

There's also several haunted houses in the area.

Airsoft Haunted House is from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $5. It's located at 2636 Barrow.

Haunted Island, hosted by ACU's Frater Sodalis men's social group, is from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. It's located at 401 Loop 322. They take cash only. This is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

The Runway of Terror is at 4886 Newman Rd. Food and snacks will be served and it's open from 7 p.m. to midnight.

House of Terrors located at 100 Hunt St. in Clyde will be open at 8 p.m.

Haunted Hangar, sponsored by the Tye Volunteer Fire Department, is located behind the Tye cemetery. Tickets are $8 per person.