Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III asks drivers to take extra precautions during this Halloween season, especially when traveling through residential areas.

Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III asks drivers to take extra precautions during this Halloween season, especially when traveling through residential areas.

"We want beggars night to be about treats, not tragedy," Davis said in a press release. "We have increased visibility and patrols in our communities to encourage a safe and fun Halloween for everyone."

Trick or treat times vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Drivers could encounter trick-or-treaters anytime between Thursday and Saturday evening.

Davis asks citizens to remember these safety tips:

Know when your neighborhood is holding Halloween activities.

Don't use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods. A single distraction could lead to a tragedy. Pay extra attention to the side of the road while driving.

Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. They could be dropping off children.

Make sure other drivers can see you. If you're driving a group of children, but you're staying in the running vehicle at the curb, be sure to put on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.

Make sure other drivers can see the children. Give the children flashlights and glow sticks or use reflective tape on their costumes. These items will help the children make their way in the dark and ensure that drivers see them.

Be sure your children know how to cross a street. Instruct children to look both ways before crossing the street and to cross only at corners or crosswalks.