Trick-or-treating was so different for me as a kid growing up in the 80s. When I got to a certain age my parents would just follow me down the street in the car as I went from house to house racking up on candy.  That doesn't happen much these days.

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Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash
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Kids these days find themselves in a whole new reality, where we've had to start having the majority of trick-or-treating at "safe places" like church trunk-or-treats.

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It's a shame that it has come to that because the funniest part about trick-or-treating was not knowing what was behind the door you were knocking on.  Were they dressed up in a costume too, what kind of candy awaited you behind that door, were they going to try and scare you, and if you were able to charm them into an extra handful of candy?  It was a blast.

If you're planning on your family trick-or-treating the old fashion way in local neighborhoods this Halloween, make sure it's a neighborhood you're familiar with. If you want to venture out to other neighborhoods that you hear have the "good candy", then do some research first.

Photo by Bee Felten-Leidel on Unsplash
Photo by Bee Felten-Leidel on Unsplash
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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has been directing SWLA residents to a tab on their website where you can input the addresses of the neighborhoods you plan to hit up on Halloween to see if any sex offenders live in the area.

To check if any sex offenders live on your Halloween route this year, click here.

LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years

Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.

Gallery Credit: Brit McGinnis

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