Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Operation Boo: Sex Offenders Around the State Forced Indoors Halloween Night

Image by maraga via Shutterstock
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

They call it "Operation Boo" and it's been happening since 1994: On Halloween night, California's sex offenders out on parole are "rounded up and kept indoors" from 5 p.m until 5 a.m. November 1. Additionally, while inside, the parolees may not turn on external lights or decorate their residence's exterior for the holiday. In fact, if their doorbell rings, the only people they may open the door for are members of law enforcement organizations.

This year, the focus is also on homeless sex offenders out on parole, explains L.A. Now:

The new condition imposed this year deals with transient sex offenders, who will be required to report to special centers to spend the night under supervision.

Earlier this month in Riverside County, emergency legislation was passed to ensure that no registered sex offender be permitted to hang decorations outside or hand out candy to costumed little darlings trolling the neighborhood on Halloween night. Similar bans were passed in Hemet and Temecula.