MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) is working with local law enforcement agencies across the state to keep children safe during Halloween Trick or Treat activities. Registered sex offenders on active community supervision have been made aware of restrictions that prohibit them from participating in any Halloween or Trick or Treat activities.
According to a release from the DOC, these restrictions include:
- Having any Halloween decorations, either inside or outside their residence
- Handing out candy or participating in trick or treat activities
- Wearing a Halloween costume
- Turning on their porch light during trick or treating hours
DOC Probation and Parole agents and local law enforcement will be conducting random home visits during Trick or Treat hours in communities across Wisconsin.
Failure by a sex offender to comply with these restrictions may result in them being taken into custody.
Below are tips for safe Trick or Treating from the DOC:
- Children should always be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult.
- Stay on well-lit streets and stick to neighborhoods you know well.
- Only stop at homes with a lit porch light.
- Never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
- Call 911 if you see any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Children should yell “No!” and try to escape if a stranger tries to take them somewhere.
- Have a responsible adult check treats at the end of the night.
A reminder that the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry website is available to the public online. CLICK HERE.
The registry enables users to search for a specific offender, search for offenders up to three miles from a specific address, or search for all offenders in a certain municipality, ZIP code, or county. Members of the public can also contact the Sex Offender Registry program at 1-877-234-0085 with questions or to report potential violations of Halloween restrictions.