Deputies perform compliance checks on sex offenders during Halloween

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Tangipahoa Parish officials said while children are out and about enjoying Halloween events, deputies will be checking to make sure sex offenders are not involved in the fun.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said deputies will be conducting compliance checks on registered sex offenders throughout the parish.

The law states registered sex offenders are not allowed to engage in certain Halloween-related activities like handing out treats, inviting children to their doors or wearing costumes.

Edwards added sex offenders who want to avoid any problems or confusion can display a sign in their yard letting people know they don't have any candy available.

Parents are advised to skip homes with a "No Candy" sign displayed out front.

Here is a list of other Halloween safety tips:

Welcome trick-or-treaters at home by turning on your exterior lights.

Remove Hazardous objects from your yard

Ask your Neighborhood Watch Group to patrol the neighborhood and recruit volunteers to be "witches helpers" to help children cross the street

Drive slowly all evening-you never know what creatures may suddenly cross your path

Consider hosting a Halloween party with games and treats to avoid trick-or-treating troubles.

Make costumes safe- check to make sure they are flame-retardant so your little one is not in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns. Keep them short to avoid trips and falls. Try makeup instead of a mask so nothing obstructs their vision when they are crossing streets and going up and down stairs.

Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes. Encourage children to create or wear costumes that do not need fake weapons to be scary and fun.

Stay with your young child at all times and if you can't be with them make sure your older children go out with friends in groups. If you live in a rural area drive them all in your car.

Set a time limit for trick-or-treat and map out a safe route, not taking any shortcuts through dark alleys or fields. Try to get them to trick-or-treat while it is still light outside.

Carry a flashlight, glow-stick, or reflective bag.

Do not let you children eat their treats until they get home and you have checked them in a well lighted area. Only eat unopened checked candies that are in their original wrappers and don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. To keep them from snacking while you are still out feed them a substantial meal before you leave home.

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