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HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Halloween night is for tricks and treats, but sometimes the real monsters live down the street.

No, this isn’t a spooky rhyme. This is the real deal. There are 77,000 registered sex offenders in Texas, 7,251 of which in Harris County, with 1,022 of those in Precinct 6 alone. That means Halloween night can be particular frightening.

“One thing that’s important to us is to make sure we send a message to anyone thinking they’re gonna prey on our children,” said Victor Trevino, Harris County Constable.

It was a message that was hand delivered to the offenders’ door steps. Precinct 6 deputies and parole and probation officers showed up to the homes of registered sex offenders, letting them know that they could be in violation of their probation or parole this Halloween night. How so? By getting in the Halloween spirit. The means offenders have to keep their porch lights off and not pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.

“It’s a win-win situation for the community. This is government resources pulling together to make it safer, especially for our children,” said Trevino.

And just in case that message wasn’t received loud and clear, deputies and parole officers will also cruise the streets d make sure the offenders are complying.

That’s a costume we all will be glad to see.