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Perris City Council to Consider Banning Sex Offenders from Celebrating Halloween

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Registered sex offenders in one Riverside County city might have to leave if they want to celebrate Halloween. A motion (.pdf) before the Perris city council tonight (.pdf) could offenders from decorating their home. It would also instruct them to keep outside lights off not answer the door to trick or treaters. The idea follows in the footsteps of the city of Orange, but it originally was modeled after a Missouri law that, among other regulations, quarantines sex offenders inside their house from 5 to 10:30 p.m., according to the Press-Enterprise.

Som are not too sure about the law. A local Perris activist told the PE more needs to be done at the state level. One city councilmember said parents need to take responsibility and not dump all their problems on the schools and police, he told KABC-TV.

There's also the Megan's Law database, which publishes information, including home addresses and photos, of registered sex offenders in California.