Back in the day trick or treating was a different adventure for us kids, the costume industry hadn't blown up to what it is, our parents made a lot of our costumes. I remember one year to be a hobo, my dad burned the end of a cork and then used the soot to draw a beard on my face. Had I only invented 'face paint' at that moment, I'd be able to buy and sell Bill Gates by now.

Another thing about the old days, it wasn't unusual for people to bake, cook or otherwise prepare homemade goodies to pass out to the doorknockers. My bag was filled with homemade fudge, apples, bananas, popcorn balls and other home made oddities.

Then in the early 1970s a fellow in Houston decided he'd poison his own children for the insurance policy he had on their little lives, and put rat poison into some pixie sticks and fed it to them Halloween night. They died. He was executed by Texas, but with his despicable crime he changed Halloween forever in one night.

In forthcoming years, sicko people would start sticking needles, and pieces of razor blades or glass shards into the treats, which led to hospitals nationwide starting to offer to x-ray kids bags of candy.

Other sickos picked up on the theme, child molesters in Halloween costumes pulled kids right off sidewalks for their devious doings.

Halloween has almost completely transited culturally in our society from a childhood night of fun and treats, to a mainly adult dress up in sexy costumes night on the town. You witches and kitty-kats are always eye catching if not popping.

And so as they now must do, the Louisiana State Police, probably like other law enforcement agencies across the country are obliged to remind us annually of some safety precautions so that we and our kids have a good ol' time.

Make This a Safe Halloween and Don't Get Haunted By Bad Decisions

Ensure that your child carries a flashlight or glow stick, and/or wears reflective clothing or costumes to alert drivers of the child’s location.

 Masks can restrict vision and breathing, restricting sight of oncoming vehicles. Face painting is a safe option.

Costumes should fit children correctly and not drag the ground as this could create a tripping hazard.

Children should be accompanied by adults/parents and should not be allowed to enter homes or vehicles without their supervision.

Plan your trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.

Always walk on sidewalks when available. If walking on the street is necessary, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

 Children should also know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911 for emergencies. Young children should have this information attached somewhere on their costume in the event they get separated or lost.

Parents are urged to inspect all candy for safety after returning home.

And by the bye, under current Louisiana State Law it is illegal for a registered sex offender to participate in any way, in Halloween trick or treat activities. You can search for sex offenders in your area by clicking here.

So, even though Halloween has changed over the decades, you should have heard some of my daddy's old Halloween tales, it's still a fun event for kids of all ages, it's just that in this age, we all have to be a little more careful.

Otherwise, Happy Halloween and BOO!