Here's how parents can find DuPage County sex offenders on their kids' trick-or-treating route

There are more than 400 registered sex offenders in DuPage County, and the sheriff's office wants residents to know which houses their children should avoid when trick-or-treating on Halloween.

"If you are going trick-or-treating, visit our website to see whose door you don’t want to knock on," Sheriff James Mendrick said in a statement.


These are the two things parents should do before Halloween:

  1. Search for sex offenders on
  2. Download the free ‘OffenderWatch’ app from the Apple Store or Google Play. The app allows parents to find sex offenders near them, track their children while they're trick-or-treating, and receive updates from law enforcement.

"Parents should search for offenders on their trick-or-treat route, and near any addresses where their children spend time. The search and maps on the website pinpoints where offenders live," Mendrick said. "If you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a family or friend’s neighborhood, search their address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid."

For further information, residents are urged to contact the DuPage County Sheriff's Office at 630-407-2000.