ALBANY, NY -- Kids aren't the only one out in full force knocking on doors on Halloween night; State parole officer Michael Hobb knocked on 15 different homes, without candy, in Albany Wednesday night.
"I'm checking on sex offenders levels one, two, and three."
Hobb has been with Operation Halloween since its inception in 2006.
It's a program that makes mothers like Chattaqua Hill feel safer when trick-or-treating with her 3-year-old daughter. "Cause you could knock on any door and it could be a sex offender's door," she said. It's Hobb's job to prevent that.
At each house, Hobb checks in with the registered sex offender to make sure they are home throughout Halloween night until 7am Thursday morning.
Nearly 300 sex offenders throughout the Capital Region were monitored in their homes.
At each stop Hobb inspected for candy and Halloween decorations. The offenders are not allowed to have them in the house during Halloween. Hobb explained, "If we weren't out tonight, no telling what they'd do tomorrow."
That is why there are other programs like Safe Night Out which helps hand out candy in neighborhoods with high crime rates.
NEWS10 was along for the ride as Pastor Charlie and his crew gave out 1,500 bags of candy so children didn't have to walk door-to-door in unsafe neighborhoods.
Both programs helping with the same mission in mind, giving these kids a chance at a worry free Halloween.