Tricks and Treats for Sex Offenders

Tricks and Treats for Sex Offenders

Delaware, New Jersey, Illinois, Virginia and Texas, and other jurisdictions in the United States will ban registered sex offenders from handing out candy on Halloween, going to kiddie parties, or being on the streets on All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween. Traditionally, costumed American children go “trick-or-treating” from door to door on this date, and are given candy. Some jurisdictions require registered sex offenders to stay home, turn off their lights, and post signs on their doors stating “No Candy At This House.”

Home alone — in the dark! — on the very night when deviants and misfits are out celebrating in bars and frat houses across the Nation? Law enforcement and corrections officials: think outside the jack-o’-lantern and lower your holiday monitoring burden. Sponsor compulsory statewide Halloween parties for sex offenders!

In secure but festive locations, offenders could dress like their favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters and play “Pin the Tail on the Little Baby Donkey.” They could bob for apples or bananas, whichever they choose, and throw caution to the wind by eating unwrapped candy. Instead of monitoring thousands of offenders across the state, sex offender Halloween parties just need a few state trooper chaperones (costumes optional).

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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