Beware of Sexual Offenders, Especially on Halloween Night

One of America’s most fun-filled holidays is just around the corner.  With proper planning and safety prevention, you and your family can enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween.

One of the most important safety measures a parent or guardian can take is to understand the laws regulating sexual offenders and know where they live within your community.  Look up the locations of sexual offenders here.
South Carolina Sexual Predator Directory

South Carolina prevents sexual offenders who are on probation or parole from answering their doors on Halloween night.  The law states that sexual offenders who are on probation should turn off any outside light (porch lights) and not answer the door at all on Halloween night.  They should also not participate in any Halloween parties, carnivals or other celebrations.  State law also prevents them from putting up any Halloween decorations.  (Note: This does not apply to all sex offenders, many of whom are no longer on probation or parole and therefore not under the jurisdiction of SCDPPPS.)

Sexual offenders also have to comply with a mandatory curfew from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. and some S.C. counties require sexual offenders to report to a designated location during the curfew.

Parents and guardians should be cautious and follow these additional safety tips for a safe and fun night:

  1. Make sure that your child trick or treats with you or other trusted responsible adults.
  2. Discuss safety issues in advance with children such as carrying a flashlight or glow in the dark wand and walking on the sidewalk or the proper side of the road.
  3. Children should be taught not to approach homes that do not have a well-lit porch or entryway and to stay together.
  4. Check EVERYTHING children collect while trick or treating.