Sex offenders are forbidden under state law from driving an ice cream truck, but they can hand out all the candy they want on Halloween in what one child advocate is calling a risky oversight.
“Halloween is like Christmas for sex offenders,” said attorney Wendy Murphy.
“They know they’ll have lots of access to kids and that they can’t get in trouble even though they’re required to stay away from children.”
Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas all have “no candy” laws that ban sex offenders from handing out treats on Halloween.
In Florida, sex offenders out on parole cannot hand out candy or wear costumes on Halloween night.
Both California and New York have similar laws that allow police to perform unannounced visits to sex offenders’ homes on Halloween night, Oct. 31.