SANTA MARIA, Calif. - It's the one day of the year when imagination and creativity come to life for young and old and making Halloween safe for everyone is the goal of local public safety agencies.
Trick or treating is more than just candy for the kids, its also about the costumes.
As local communities prepare for the annual tradition, there's much to keep in mind to make sure everyone has a safe and fun time.
Adults should accompany trick or treaters age 12 and under.
Carry a flashlight, glow sticks and wear reflective clothing if possible.
Drivers need to slow down and remember people are out and about walking and running on neighborhood streets and in town.
"Things happen sometimes that we just want to try to prevent", said Ventura Police Commander Sam Arroyo, "its just as much as our goal to prevent it from happening and that's why we inform the public at this time of year to be aware, keep your eyes open and just pay attention."
Be sure to closely examine all candy, if it doesn't look right, if the packaging is opened, torn or punctured in any way, throw it away.
City police departments are staffing up for what's expected to be a busy day and night on the Central Coast.