Are Halloween restrictions on sex offenders useful or useless?

The mere thought of a convicted sex offender lurking in a dimly-lit neighborhood on Halloween night is enough to make parents of young children tremble with fear.

But in a number of states, policies are in place to keep close tabs on the offenders and restrict their movements while kids are out trick-or-treating.

In Wisconsin, registered sex offenders who are on community supervision are banned from:

  • Having any Halloween decorations, inside or outside their residences.
  • Handing out candy or participating in trick-or-treat activities.
  • Wearing a Halloween costume.
  • Turning on the porch light during trick-or-treating.


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