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Halloween can be an exciting, but potentially dangerous, night for young children.

Van Nuys Halloween Safety Seminar

A safety expert at Van Nuys Elementary School Thursday warned kids that some masks could restrict vision. (Credit: KTLA)

That’s why police held a safety seminar in Van Nuys Thursday, encouraging kids and parents to be careful while out trick-or-treating.

Students at Van Nuys Elementary School, dressed up in their Halloween costumes, took part in a parade and then were given some safety tips.

Proper fitting costumes, that don’t restrict the child’s vision, were near the top of the list.

“We’re telling parents, don’t throw the mask away, just make the eye holes a little bit bigger so your child can see,” ┬ásafety expert, Pat Hines said.

Authorities said traffic is more of a threat than tainted candy, and they urged drivers to be on the alert for children — and parents to be on the lookout for motorists.

Other tips for trick-or-treaters: Go with a trusted adult, carry a flashlight, walk — don’t run — from house to house, use reflective tape, stick to sidewalks, and inspect the candy when you get home.

“Parents and motorists also need to be especially cautious and alert during Halloween to ensure the safety of all pedestrians,” Valley Traffic Detectives said in a statement.