The Greene County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that they will be checking the locations of sex offenders to make sure they are in compliance with Missouri’s laws related to Halloween.
Anyone who is on the sex offender registry is prohibited from interacting with children on Halloween, even if the children come to their door.
According to Missouri state law, the following restrictions are placed on those on the sex offender registry on October 31:
- Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children;
- Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies;
- Post a sign at his or her residence stating, “No candy or treats at this residence”; and
- Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.
Anyone on the sex offender registry who violates those rules is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.