NORTH-CENTRAL MISSOURI — Halloween is still a week away, but many kids and parents alike are already making plans for a spook-tacular evening next Wednesday.

KMZU’s Brian Lock was able to chat with Sgt. Eric Brown, Public Information Officer with Troop B of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, about how to be sure you and your kids stay safe this All Hallows Eve.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Wednesday on KMZU.

Many parents and guardians have concerns about Halloween safety every year. Simply taking a few steps, as recommended by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, can help ensure the safety of everyone on Halloween night.

“Parents need to remind their children to only approach familiar houses which are well-lighted,” Sgt. Brown explained. “Also, talk with them about never entering into a stranger’s home or vehicle.”

Sgt. Brown stressed that parents should not scare their children or cause them to worry, and should explain that Halloween is meant to be a fun and safe evening, but setting some ground rules can go a long way to that end.

“Kids also need to be reminded to watch for traffic and be careful not to dart in and out of roadways,” Sgt. Brown added.

Brown also recommended that younger children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours, and if kids or parents are headed out after dark, to have a flashlight, remain in lighted areas and to wear reflective strips on their clothing.

“We just ask that everyone make safety part of their plans on Halloween and to enjoy the festivities that night,” Sgt. Brown concluded.