Flagler County Sheriff's Office checking on sex offenders in preparation for Halloween

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It's an important time to remember there are more than ghosts and goblins lurking in neighborhoods.

People can view the Florida and National Sex Offender Database here to find registered sex offenders. But do you know whose door your kids are knocking on?

Parents are urged to check ahead of time the state investigation agency's sex offender registry, where they can see where registered sex offenders live around a given address.

Teams of officers in each county will be out in force on Halloween making sure these convicted offenders are not luring kids to their homes. Local law enforcement had some safety tips that all parents and children should pay attention to.

"Stop, right then and there. So it is your choice as a parent whether or not you will go to those residences", Trooper Kelly Grant, of Connecticut State Police, said.

"You want to make sure that data is up-to-date". Once in the county's personal site, citizens can click the link "Search for Offenders in your area" and follow the instructions to check their neighborhood and sign up to receive FREE e-mail alerts. "You need to get on that website and type in your address, or the address of the neighbor you're going to trick or treat in".

Most of these apps offer upgrades with a fee, giving you even more specific information.

"It [means] the world to me", Turner said.

That's the goal: awareness.

Deputy John Kjendalen is one of two sex offender registration officers. Check for lights, and check for other trick-or-treaters.

Craigmyle said if registered sex offenders don't adhere to the law they could face the consequences; he explained, "It depends on how serious the offense is whenever they go out there".

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