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Check sex offender registry before trick-or-treating

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Several houses around Montgomery are decked out with Halloween decorations. Several houses around Montgomery are decked out with Halloween decorations.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

If you think some of the Halloween costumes and masks are scary, there is something even more frightening -- sex offenders in the same neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.

Thanks to public information, it's easy to find out if a potential predator lives in your neighborhood.

Before you map out your family's trick-or-treating plan, check the Alabama sex offender registry.

The Montgomery Police Department also offers these Halloween safety tips:

  • This year Halloween falls on a Thursday, Oct. 31. The Montgomery Police Department will increase patrols in neighborhoods from 6 until 8 p.m. Halloween night and recommends that house-to-house trick or treating be conducted only during these hours.
  • If it is your family's intent to participate in door-to-door trick or treating instead of an organized event, please accompany your children and take them only to well-lit houses of neighbors that you know and trust. Carry flashlights or glow sticks.
  • All items that children receive while trick or treating should be inspected closely by an adult prior to allowing children to handle or consume them.
  • Parents should make sure that their children's costumes do not obscure vision, make it difficult to walk, or present other safety hazards.
  • Consider adding reflective tape to your children's costumes to make it easier for motorists to see them.
  • Children should be advised to obey all traffic rules and make sure they understand to look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Advise children to notify a trusted adult immediately if anything happens that makes them uncomfortable or afraid.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps and walkways.

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