Missouri law aims to keep sex offenders away from children on Halloween

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It is one of the most fun nights of the year for children.  There are costumes, candy and a night roaming the streets with family and friends on Halloween. But leaders in the metro call Halloween a temptation for convicted sex offenders. Sex offenders in Missouri are not supposed to be handing out candy to little ghosts and goblins.

So in Missouri, a five-year-old law tries to take that temptation away. Offenders convicted on or after August 28th, 2008 are to not only keep the lights off after 5 p.m. and stay home on Halloween, they also aren’t allowed to hand out candy and must post signs alerting families that children shouldn't go to those houses.

So FOX 4 checked to see if some of those offenders were complying. One a man was sitting inside his home but didn't answer the door and the sign hanging was clear it read, ‘No candy at this home.’

Some parents in the neighborhood we talked to on Halloween night said they were unaware of the law or offenders living nearby. In Kansas the laws are different and much more lax. Johnson County required sex offenders currently on parole to attend a three-hour training session or meeting on Thursday night to keep offenders away from the temptation that Halloween can bring.

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