Times have definitely changed. 20 years ago when I was trick or treating I would go out with a few friends and fill a pillowcase full of candy before I would go home. Now I drive or walk with my kids because I am afraid something may happen to them on Halloween. As parents we all want to protect our kids. Here's a map that could help avoid many problems by knowing which houses are home to a registered sex offender. While not all offenders on the list committed crimes involving minors it is still probably safer to avoid them anyways. Or am I an over protective parent?

According to the site city-data.com there are 38 registered sex offenders in Burley as of October 27, 2015.

Happy Halloween and safe trick or treating!

UPDATE - More Magic Valley Maps

Twin Falls Sex Offender Map

Jerome Sex Offender Map

Rupert Sex Offender Map

Kimberly Sex Offender Map

Buhl Sex Offender Map

Hansen Sex Offender Map

Costumes

1. Costumes, wigs, trick or treat bags/containers, should be flame retardant or resistant

2. Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping

3. Reflective material should be on the front and back of the costume

4. Choose makeup over a mask but if using a mask make sure it has eye holes that do not obstruct vision, ear holes that allow for normal hearing and a hole for the mouth to allows for normal breathing

5. Do not carry sharp objects

6. Costumes should fit loosely to allow for freedom of movement

Trick or Treating

1. Adults should always accompany children

2. Trick or treat in groups

3. Establish a return time for children old enough to trick or treat without a parent

4. Plan a route in well-known areas

5. Stay in well-lit areas, do not allow children to take short cuts through alleys, fields…etc.

6. Children should carry flashlights, have reflective material on their costumes and/or use light sticks so they will be seen by motorists

7. Children should only knock on the door of a house that has lights on

8. Never enter the house of a stranger

9. Never enter the vehicle of a stranger

10. Observe all traffic signs and laws

11. Stay on the sidewalk

12. Walk; do not run from place to place especially when crossing the street, do not cross the street between parked cars

13. Carry a cell phone

14. Do not eat treats until home and inspected by an adult

15. Report any suspicious activity to the Police Department

Drivers

1. Drive slow, very slow, with lights and flashers on if in a neighborhood with trick or treaters

2. Watch carefully for children crossing the street between cars and from obstructed areas

Once Home

1. Inspect all candy for signs of tampering: small holes, re-wrapping or torn packaging

2. Throw out any suspicious candy

3. Homemade goodies should only be consumed if given by friends or relatives