Halloween Safety: Check The Michigan Sex Offender List Before Trick-Or-Treating

WWJ News
October 30, 2019 - 2:31 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - As children head out to the streets for trick-or-treating on Halloween night, parents may worry more about strangers than witches and spooks.

Do you know if there are any sex offenders living in your neighborhood? It’s easy to find out by simply entering your address online.


According to the state, the Michigan Sex Offender Registry is made available through the Internet “with the intent to better assist the public in preventing and protecting against the commission of future criminal sexual acts by convicted sex offenders.”

The registry has a list of the offenses as well as the addresses of those convicted.

If you haven’t searched lately, you might want to search again — as the registry can change quickly. State police update the database frequently “in a continuous effort to provide complete and accurate information.”

Provided by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, here are some more tips for keeping kids safe on Halloween night:
Walk Safely

  • Head up, electronic device down while out on the streets. You can post all of your costume and candy pics later
  • Teach your kid to make eye contact with the driver prior to crossing the street
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Make sure to let them know that they should never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
  • If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups
  • Only approach homes that are well lit
  • Make sure they know how to say “No” to strangers!  Never get into a stranger’s car or go into their house.  Make sure you’re within sight of your child when they are running from house to house
  • Always have them accept treats outside on the porch

Costume Safety

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible choose light colors
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision
  • Have kids carry a flashlight or something that glows in the dark to help them see and be seen by drivers
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls

Drive Safe on Halloween Night

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Head up, phone down! Get rid of any distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours, but know that some may be out a little earlier or stay out a little later

One more thing to be aware of is the weather. Rain, snow, and gusty winds are in the forecast for metro Detroit on Thursday.

Keep your radio turned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest forecast, along with traffic, every 10 minutes on the 8s.