The Texas Department of Public Safety released trick-or-treating safety tips for parents that include checking the sex-offender registry map on the free DPS mobile app.
The DPS news release reminded parents that they can see a map of sex offenders in their neighborhood on its website or on its app, which can be searched by location, name, route and proximity.
Other tips include making sure children are supervised, not entering strangers’ homes or cars, following general pedestrian safety guidelines and taking all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating.
Regarding costumes, the DPS recommends avoiding toy guns and knives, wearing light-colored or reflective costumes, avoiding masks, and carrying a flashlight.
If you’re driving that night, don’t drink and drive, don’t use your phone while driving, slow down, and be on the lookout for children walking along or across streets.
Attorney General Ken Paxton also issued a warning to residents considering wearing decorative contact lenses for Halloween. The news release said the lenses — often called costume, fashion or colored lenses — could cause serious eye health problems.