On Halloween night parents should know who else is in the neighborhood - including sex offendersFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - At this time on Thursday our young trick-or-treaters will be full on candy, just getting back from a night filled with fun and fear.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - At this time on Thursday our young trick-or-treaters will be full on candy, just getting back from a night filled with fun and fear.
But before they head out, parents should make sure they know who else is in and around their neighborhoods, including sex offenders.
It's coming down to the wire to find the best Halloween attire for your youngsters.
Daryce VanHoff/Shopping for Costumes: "We are going to take my two grandchildren, 5 and 3."
Kelli Hanson/Shopping With Kids: "We're going to go trick or treating in our neighborhood and take the kids out."
But some parents shopping for costumes don't realize how many kids actually go trick or treating without supervision.
12% of children under the age of five.
Hanson: "oh my goodness, I think that is crazy"
Crazy because they say you never know what may pop out along your yearly candy route.
VanHoff: "I think for one thing it deters any problems with anybody else"
Aside from scary costumes, one thing some parents fear is sex offenders.
According to Fargo city's website, right now, there are more than 75 living in town.
But this interactive tool makes them easy to point out.
VanHoff: "Actually I think that's a very good idea"
But five of these offenders are more difficult to find. They're currently labeled homeless, without an address.
Police say they have to check in daily with updated locations.
Hanson: "I would never let them go out by themselves."
North Dakota's Attorney General also has a website where you can plug in your address, choose a radius, and then see all of the sex offenders surrounding your home.
VanHoff: "Now that you would know where they're at, I think it's a good idea for a parent to be aware of that"
So hop online and talk to you kids, before you or your children hit the streets.
Fargo police say only about 25% of parents plan to talk with their children this year about Halloween safety.