by Tashun Chism
Ghouls and goblins may scare some East Texas children this Halloween, but there's something else that scares their parents.
"Now a days, with the sex predators, they've got kids coming right up to their homes," Lufkin First Assembly Outreach Pastor Alvin Vander Leest said.
The city of Lufkin's website now has a printable map of homes where registered sex offenders live. Times have changed so much that some parents are looking for safer Halloween activites for their kids besides trick or treating.
"There are a number of safe alternatives. Tomorrow here down town we have the trick or treat. All the downtown merchants will be participating with the police department and the kids can just go from building to building and be sure they're getting something safe from a person that they can trust," Lt. David Young of the Lufkin Police Department told us.
Several area churches like Lufkin First Assembly will also host Halloween activities for kids.
"Light Up The Night" is a neighborhood block party that will be held in the Crown Colony, Inglewood and Brookhollow communities starting around 5pm on Halloween.
'They don't even have to knock on the doors or anything like that. It's all out in the open.we'll have a large slide that the kids can slide down and pleny of candy and food. Plus it's going to be lit up very brightly," Vander Leest said.
Officials don't want to scare parents out of letting their children enjoy halloween the traditional way. Trick or treating can still be done safely as long as a few guidelines are followed.
"Keep an adult present. Make sure the kids are visible, particularly if they're out there after dark, and don't ever let your kids go into one of the people's houses," Yound said.