Younger children shouldn't go trick-or-treating alone; an adult, teenager or babysitter should accompany them. If you have older kids, make sure you know where they will be trick-or-treating and the route they plan to take.
Tell your kids to stay in well-lit, familiar neighborhoods, and advise against taking shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks.
If your kids go out alone, tell them to only approach houses with lights on and to not accept rides from strangers.
Give them a designated time to be home, and consider giving tweens or teens a cell phone so that they are able to reach you in case of an emergency.