Sex Offender Halloween Restrictions

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

This Halloween it isn't the candy or costumes that are spooking many parents.

It's just who is participating in Halloween activities with children.

Dozens of states, including Tennessee, have banned sex offenders on probation or parole from participating in Halloween.

"I'd say that incidences that have happened in the past where children have been abducted have probably prompted alot of states to do this thing", says BGPD Detective David Dunn.

Kentucky isn't banning all sex offenders but they are keeping tabs on those that are on probation, parole, or some type of supervised release.

"Those folks have gotten a letter from the state officially telling them not to give out candy on Halloween, and not to have any unauthorized contact with children", says Dunn.

These sex offenders who received this letter aren't allowed to decorate their homes in any way that would attract trick-or-treaters this Halloween.

Iit would seem to me if I were a predator that was looking for maybe a good cover to do something, Halloween evening when kids are out trick or treating may be a good time to take advantage of that situation", says Dunn.

One way to keep your children safe this Halloween when they do go trick-or-treating is to check out the sex offender registry, so that you know whose living in your neigborhood.

"The safest you can make it for your child is to make sure that they're supervised, either by a responsible adult that you trust or by yourself", says Dunn.

Police recommend that in our area that children stop trick or treating by seven p.m.

The Bowling Green Medical Center will be x-raying candy from six to eight p.m. Halloween night to ensure that your child's candy has not been tampered with.

To get to Kentucky's sex offender registry log onto

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