See where registered sex offenders live in your area before Halloween trick-or-treating

A set of screenshots from Texas Department of Public Safety's Texas Public Sex Offender website featuring Google images of sex offenders in an area of southwest Houston, as shown on Oct. 17, 2022. (Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Public Safety)

HOUSTON – Halloween is almost here and if you are taking your kids trick-or-treating you’ll want to make sure you know where registered sex offenders live in your neighborhood.

Most registered sex offenders are not restricted from taking part in the holiday, but they do have to make their address public.

Only certain convicted sex offenders with specific parole or probation requirements are barred from handing out candy on Halloween.

Parents can find the map on the Texas Department of Public Safety website, where they can put in a specific address and see if a registered sex offender lives in the vicinity.

The website also shows a photo of the registered offender, age and address, and if you click on the person’s name, it also shows with what he or she was charged.

Police also recommend parents go trick-or-treating with their younger children and stay in cellphone contact with older children.

Halloween is Monday, Oct. 31.

Click here to search the DPS map.

About the Authors:

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.