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Deputies in Missouri Making Sure Trick-or-Treaters Visited Safe Houses

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Deputies in Marion County were dedicated to making Halloween as safe as possible for kids - and residents.

Earlier this evening they did a county-wide sex offender check-up, making sure these offenders were following the law.

Thrills and chills are all a part of Halloween - but these parents said as their little ghouls and goblins went out to celebrate the spookiest night of the year, they went with them - to play it safe.

"we go door to door, and to some people we know," and " I make sure she's being careful crossing the street and things like that," were two comments made.

But before the quest for candy began - the Marion County Sheriff's Office was hitting the streets, doing their part to keep kids safe while out trick-or-treating at night.

"We are going out to certain residences that are sex offenders and we're doing compliance checks on them to make sure they have a sign up for trick-or-treaters, can't have any come to the door," said Deputy Daniel Francisco.

Halloween night our cameras tagged along with deputies as they made sure sex offender's homes had signs - and that their outside lights were off - to keep kids from stopping by. Deputy Daniel Francisco there's the potential for a heavy penalty if caught passing out candy.

"They would probably be arrested."

Parents say - they're grateful deputies are taking the time to do these checks.

"I think they're trying to keep the kids safe and that's all that counts," said one mom.

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