As Jonathan Moynihan reports for the Severn Patch, not everyone can participate on Halloween. Those convicted of sex crimes are not allowed to participate, given that the point of Halloween is to disguise yourself in a costume and roam the streets going house to house with the other participants, most of which are children.
But, as Moynihan writes, the sex offender registry is not meant to “harass or commit a crime against those listed on the site, but for informational purposes only.” Moynihan does not include information on how the police conduct surveillance on Halloween, but one thing is clear: A sex offense conviction will affect you for the rest of your life in ways you never thought possible — like being able to participate in holidays.
Other than police surveillance of registered sex offenders, it is suggested that children stay on the sidewalks, carry flashlights, and never enter a stranger’s home while trick-or-treating.
Halloween may be over, but this story is a reminder that to be a registered sex offender is to live a life with unusual restrictions.
Source: Severn Patch, “County Police to Ensure Sex Offenders Don’t Participate in Halloween Activities,” by Jonathan Moynihan, 10/31/11