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Police give Halloween safety advice

By Christie Post - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Children across the South Plains will head out this weekend to go trick- or-treating, and Lubbock Police have some safety reminders for parents.    

For the third year in a row, federal probation officers will be spending their Halloween educating sex offenders. About 75 offenders are required to attend an educational program from the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Halloween night, but that's not all offenders in the county.

"If they are on parole, if their victim is a juvenile then the parole officer tells them to basically keep what's called their lights out. They have to keep their lights off, their doors shut and can't have any decorations out there," said Lubbock Police Department Sergeant, Mike Long.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry,  there are 446 offenders in Lubbock County. So probation officials stress for the public to know those not on parole or probation are not restricted.

"Anyone else convicted of a crime against a child that is not on probation or parole, they do not have any restrictions. They can actually celebrate Halloween, leave their lights on and actually give out candy," said Sgt. Long.

On hallows eve some parents need to be aware and cautious, but not just for sex offenders.

"You never go inside of a house of someone you don't know. And when you get back with your candy, you want to inspect that to make sure there is no issues with that. No open boxes or wrappers, if there are you just need to throw them away," said Sgt. Long.

And those not participating in trick or treating for candy police said they need to remember some important safety measures.

"That the kids are running out in the streets and some of them are wearing the dark costumes. That's on of our biggest problems is just kids being out in the middle of the night with no light and all of a sudden darting in front of cars," said Sgt. Long.

If you are concerned about a possible sex offender living in your neighborhood or where your kid is trick or treating, Police said go to their website at LubbockPolice.com - click on the Registered Sex Offender tab- once the page loads you can put your zip code in and it will tell you all the sex offenders around you.

Here are some other recommended guidelines from the Lubbock Police Department:


  • Always use common sense. Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.
  • Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
  • Be very cautious to strangers.
  • Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a strangers house.
  • Be sure and say thank you for your treats.
  • Do not play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
  • Visit only houses where the lights are on.
  • Walk - Do not run. Walk on sidewalks and driveways.
  • Cross the street at the corner of the crosswalk.
  • Take a cellar phone and watch with you if possible.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Wear costumes with reflective markings and bright colors. Costumes should not drag the floor. Costumes should be made of flame-resistant material. Use face paint instead of masks.


  • Accompany younger children.
  • Instruct your child to never enter a home alone without prior permission from you.
  • All accessories should be made of flexible material-no sharp objects.
  • Establish a route and return time.
  • Inspect treats before eating. Throw out if candy in the package is already opened. Small and hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.


  • Notice parked cars and drive slowly pass them - children may dart out from behind them.
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully.
  • Watch for children walking along roadways and curbs.


  • Make sure walkways are safe for children to enter.
  • Consider using flashlights or glow sticks instead of candles in your jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Turn on porch light to increase visibility. Clean up all lawn accessories to avoid falls.
  • Put all animals inside.
  • Keep decorations off the walkways.
  • Never invite a child in that you do not know.

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