INDICE DE GALERIAS
MASON CITY, Iowa - It’s the night where monsters and princesses roam the streets in search of candy. But a fun night can turn frightful unless parents make sure their kids are safe before heading out to knock on the doors of strangers.
“It takes just a few minutes, parents can jump online go to IowaSexOffenderRegistry.com and find out all the registered sex offenders within Cerro Gordo County,” explains Lieutenant Lon Johnson.
Checking the sex offender register can be a quick way to ensure a safe night in the neighborhood, because according to Lt. Johnson, registered sex offenders may answer the door if trick or treaters are knocking, even though they're not supposed to.
"In my opinion if it was my children, I would just avoid those houses, I would look personally,” he explains.
But there are other options if your family wants to avoid trick or treating all together.
"It's an alternative to trick or treating."
Kim Fyfe is the coordinator for "King's Kids" at Clear Lake's Evangelical Free Church, it's an event that brings community members together for games and activities on Halloween night.
"Our church family likes to take this holiday as an opportunity to speak to gospel, to love others and to honor Jesus Christ as our kind, that's why we call it, “King's Kids,”” says Fyfe.
The event is open to everyone and they welcome you whether you think it's a safer option, a chance to get to know your neighbors, or maybe an opportunity to look at this holiday in a different light.
"For some it's a matter of being bothered by the intent of Halloween and wanting to redeem it for Christ,” adds Fyfe.
Lieutenant Johnson says very rarely do they see many issues on Halloween when it comes to trick or treating. But he said it's important for children to have an adult with them when they go out.
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