is an exciting time of the year for children, but it can also be a hectic time for parents and guardians. WA police have put together some tips to ensure it runs smoothly and safely: ■ Plan a trick-or-treat route in familiar neighbourhoods with welllit streets. ■ Children should never trick-or-treat alone and should be accompanied by a trusted adult. ■ Hold a torch while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. ■ Look both ways before crossing the street and remember some costumes might make it difficult to see vehicles. ■ Eat only factory-wrapped treats. ■ Only visit well-lit houses or those indicating they are participating in Halloween. ■ Never accept rides from strangers. ■ Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes. ■ Never invite children into your home.