For most children Halloween is a night full of fun and imagination. However, it also brings up the topic of a very real issue: sex offenders.
According to Lubbock Adult Probation, there are 535 convicted sex offenders living in Lubbock County. If parents don't do their homework, a child could be knocking on an offender's door while trick-or-treating.
According to Jennifer Mora with Lubbock Adult Probation, of the more than 500 sex offenders in Lubbock County, a little more than 60 of them are on probation.
"The plan is that we are going to have a Halloween education program for the offenders. They are required to attend the program," Mora said.
Mora says her office has enforced their education program on Halloween for several years. However, it's only for sex offenders who are currently on probation.
"While we have this program, and it's an important thing that we do, it does not ensure that all sex offenders are off the streets," Mora said.
That's where the Lubbock Police Department is stepping in. They'll be enforcing "Project Lights Out." That's where registered sex offenders living within the city limits have to turn their porch lights off. They will not be allowed to answer the door to trick-or-treaters. However, that does not mean every home you come across is safe. As parents, it's important to prepare ahead of time.
"Check the sex offender websites and know if you're trick or treating, which houses to avoid," Mora said.
The sex offender registry has a list of registered sex offenders living in Lubbock County. You can narrow down your searches to specific neighborhoods as well.
Here's a link to the DPS Sex Offender Registry: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/sexoffender/
Here's the Sex Offender Listing for Lubbock County: http://apps.co.lubbock.tx.us/predator/main.aspx