There's nothing stopping a registered sex offender from opening the door for your kid on Halloween — at least in New Jersey. So it's up to you, the parents, to keep children away from the riskier homes.

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New Jersey State Police maintain an easily-searchable database of those required to register under New Jersey's Megan's Law. Each offender's address and photo is available, along with information on the charges that got them on the list.

"You'll know exactly within your neighborhood, within close proximity to your home, what addresses you need to be leery of," Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, said of the statewide registry. "There will be no lamb's blood above the door or any other signal to let you know."

The state's site also allows you to sign up for email notifications that will let you know when a convicted sex offender moves within a certain radius of any addresses you register.

To keep our kids extra safe, Della Fave said parents would be wise to accompany their children while trick-or-treating. Or at the very least, only let them go door to door while in groups.

In 2005, the state enforced a curfew for certain sex offenders on Halloween. They also were prohibited from answering the door for children.

New Jersey no longer has these rules in place. Other states have their own "no candy" laws that require registered sex offenders to post signage in their yards advising children to move on. used the State Police information to produce maps of registered sex offenders in nearly every New Jersey town.

The list below only includes "tier 2" and "tier 3" sex offenders — the ones judged most likely to re-offend. Those in “tier” 1 are considered low risk of re-offense, and not included in these lists. Someone whose sex offense didn’t involve physical force, who didn’t have multiple victims and who didn’t go seeking them out is more likely to be in that tier.

There are also some towns not specifically listed in the breakdowns. To see the locations of registered offenders in those towns, search the State Police database.


Barnegat, New Jersey
Barrington, New Jersey
Bayonne, New Jersey
Beachwood, New Jersey
Belleville, New Jersey
Bellmawr, New Jersey
Belmar, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Bergenfield, New Jersey
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Berlin, New Jersey
Bernardsville, New Jersey
Blackwood, New Jersey
Blairstown, New Jersey
Bloomfield, New Jersey
Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey
Boonton, New Jersey
Bordentown, New Jersey
Bound Brook, New Jersey
Bradley Beach, New Jersey
Branchville, New Jersey
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Brigantine, New Jersey
Brooklawn, New Jersey
Browns Mills, New Jersey
Budd Lake, New Jersey
Buena, New Jersey
Burleigh, New Jersey
Burlington, New Jersey
Butler, New Jersey

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