Headline Surfer® video produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / New Smyrna Beach will hold its 39th annual Halloween Parade at 4 p.m. today on Canal Street. You can watch highlights of last year's parade by clicking the video. At left, Olivia and Nicholas Catheline are dressed as a cowgirl and a gingerbread man, respectively, for this Halloween.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Olivia and Nicholas Catheline already had their costumes on this morning and Halloween doesn't even begin until dark. But that's because they have parties at school, said their proud mom, Misty Burris Catheline.
While they're in school today, she'll gear up for a night of trick-or-treating by their side. The key from law enforcement for a safe Halloween is vigilance like this New Smyrna Beach mom is planning to exercise.
Are you taking your children trick-or-treating? If so, here are some simple tips that focus on safety suggested by Kissimmee cops:
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to put safety first as they prepare for the upcoming Halloween ritual on Thursday. A good place for parents to start to make sure that they’ve selected a safe trick-or-treat route is the Sheriff’s Office’s on-line sex offender alert system, OffenderWatch.
Free to users, OffenderWatch gives residents a way to monitor the home address of convicted sex offenders.
With the program, residents can run address searches, view maps and register important addresses so that they can receive e-mail alerts if a sex offender moves near any of their registered addresses.
OffenderWatch can be accessed by clicking on the link here: http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54328.
FAST FACTS: Daytona and New Smyrna tops in sex predators in Volusia County
Here's food for thought on Halloween: You'll want to keep your kids from visiting the residences of 80 convicted sexual predators listed with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Of the total, 28 live in Daytona Beach and another 23 live in New Smyrna Beach. Edgewater is next with six, followed by three each in DeLand, Deltona, Orange City and Ormond Beach; two each in Oak Hill and Osteen; one listed in DeLeon Springs and two others as transients. Here is the link to the VCSO sexual predator page: http://www.volusiasheriff.org/sexoffenders/predators/.