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Check your neighborhood for sex offenders before trick or treating

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Children queue up for candies and sweets in the annual "Trick or Treat" tradition on Halloween Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at a subdivision at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Children queue up for candies and sweets in the annual "Trick or Treat" tradition on Halloween Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at a subdivision at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO -

On Halloween night, ghosts, superheroes, and princesses roam neighborhood streets as kids go trick-or-treating but there are always safety concerns, from who is giving out treats to if that candy is safe.

Many parents set rules for their kids on Halloween, like stay in a group, don’t go inside anyone’s home, and let an adult check their candy first. But, in Illinois and Missouri, there are also rules for sex offenders on Halloween

“These folks should avoid any contact with children through Halloween-related activities,” said Officer Ben Granda with St. Louis County Police.

Sex offenders must stay inside their home between 5 and 10:30 p.m. on Halloween, unless for work or an emergency.

“These folks should also have exterior lighting turned off on their house and a sign posted that there are no trick-or-treaters welcome at that residence,” said Granda.

St. Louis County Police say they enforce the state law and it’s a misdemeanor charge if violated.

“We do have people out there proactively checking on these people, making sure they are abiding by the rules, but we will also field calls from concerned neighbors,” said Granda.

Candy safety is also a concern this time of year. Some parents have questioned if the heroin epidemic creates a bigger threat for needles on the sidewalk. In Wisconsin, a mom reported finding meth in her kids’ treats. While police say drugs are a problem every single day, there is no bigger threat on Halloween than any other day.

Click here to see if there are any registered sex offenders in your neighborhood.

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