PARKERSBURG, WV - With Halloween approaching, local law enforcement are reminding parents and guardians how to keep children safe when Trick or Treating.
The Wood County Sheriff's Office advises trick-or-treaters to take a flash light, wear light colored clothing so drivers can see them, and wear make-up instead of masks.
Sheriff Stephens says parents should also check the sex offender registry list, to ensure which areas are safe to visit.
He says Wood County alone has more than 200 registered sex offenders.
"One thing that you need to be aware of is that this day in age, we have a lot of sex offenders. So, you can go on the online sex offender registry. If you have never been there, you can just Google it. It's under the West Virginia State Police. They're the ones in charge of it. And you Google it and scroll down to Wood County, pull up the County. It will show you the person's address and it will show a picture of that person."
Sheriff Stephens says there will be heightened security at the annual "Trunk or Treat" event at Parkersburg City Park on Halloween.