Many sex offenders are under special Halloween restrictions today: No costumes, no candy giving, no jack-o’-lanterns, no welcoming front-porch lights, says USA Today. At least 10 states keep a special eye on sex offenders via house arrest or required meetings, through such programs as Operation Boo in California and Operation Trick No Treat in Virginia. In New Mexico, a convicted pedophile or violent sex offender who lives alone must display a sign outside his door today that notifies the public of his offense. Offenders must stay inside and keep outside lights turned off.
New Mexico, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Tennessee are into their second year of precautions; Tennessee announced restrictions only recently after hearing from anxious parents. Some states are increasing surveillance. New York, which requires offenders to stay home between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m., is making checkup calls and unannounced visits.