Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but it can be especially scary for parents.
"Being a parent you never know whose on the other side of the door, what to expect," a Dothan mother told us.
Sadly a doorway could be what stands between your children and a criminal, or even a registered sex offender on Halloween.
"Most of our sex offenders know that we're going to be out, we're going to be checking on them,” Corporal Robert Cole, with the Dothan Police Department said.
Police aren't just doing it as a precaution in Alabama, it's their only option.
That's because the state doesn't have a "No Candy Law."
"No Candy Laws" prohibit registered or paroled sex offenders from handing out candy on Halloween.
“We keep a pretty good check on between the police department and the sheriff's office. We work hand in hand with each other," Cole said.
Although there aren't any laws here in Alabama against sex offenders participating in the Halloween traditions, there is way that you can help keep your kids safe.
"The biggest thing is for parents to know they keep an eye on their children, know where these offenders live,” Cole said.
That's very easy to do for parents in Alabama, thanks to this website.
Doc.Alabama.gov lists all registered sex offenders.
"Parents should plan a route for their kids," Cole said.
But the Dothan mother we talked to thinks states without "No Candy Laws” should take it a step further.
"I feel like they should be completely shut down to the whole topic. They shouldn't be able to interact and open their doors," she said.
But being more prepared and aware of the circumstances, can give parents some peace of mind when those doors do open.
Florida has a “No Candy Law” and this year Georgia will prohibit sex offenders from participating in Halloween festivities as well.
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