As Halloween approaches and families prepare for a night out of hunting for candy and festivities, local authorities want to remind families of safety tips.
Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell, along with officials in each local town, stressed trick-or-treaters should only visit homes with the porch lights on.
"Those that are not willing to participate should please leave their porch lights off," Jerrell said.
Jerrell added parents should always check candy acquired from homes they do not know just to be safe.
"We have never had problems with that here, and we want to keep it that way," Jerrell explained.
He stressed families should take caution when getting ready for Halloween by ensuring there are reflective gear or identifiers on their children as they go from house to house.
"It does get hectic with all the kids running around," Jerrell said.
Most importantly, Jerrell stressed, is drivers should be cautious when driving during the trick-or-treating hours due to dark costumes and children running around.
"Drivers need to be cautious. Those two nights there will be a lot of goblins and ghosts running around, and probably a lot of dark clothing," Jerrell said.
He added extra patrols will be on duty and anyone caught speeding will be cited to prevent any accidents.
"Knock on wood, we've not had too many problems and we want to keep it that way. Everyone just needs to be mindful. We don't want something that should be a good night turn into a tragedy," Jerrell said.
Linton will be observing trick-or-treat hours Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.
"We are doing both days this year because the Spookfest is on the 31, and it takes up most of the trick-or-treat time," Jerrell said.
Bloomfield will be observing Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Lyons trick-or-treat hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Worthington trick-or-treat hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Switz City does not have set trick-or-treat hours, but clerk-treasurer Carla Porter noted residents should use "common sense" when visiting local homes.
Jasonville will be observing Halloween on Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.