Posted Friday October 25, 2012 --- 5:25 p.m.
It may just be one of the most exciting times of year for children. They get to dress up as their favorite super heroes, transformers, ghosts and goblins. To top it all off they get to collect massive amounts of sugary treats.
But the scariest thing this Halloween might not be the ghouls and the goblins it may be who's trying to tempt your kids with those tasty treats. That's why the Department of Corrections will be watching sex offenders even closer Halloween.
This year like in year's past the DOC, local law enforcement agencies and probation and parole officers will be out checking in with registered sex offenders and making sure they're not participating in the trick or treat event at all.
" They can't show they're participating in any type of Halloween activities such as decorations, wearing of costumes, handing out candy, having their porch lights on, anything that would indicate that they're participating with the trick or treating. "
According to Grace Roberts, the Director of Sex Offender Programs for the DOC, sex offenders that are being monitored have to remain indoors one hour before, during and one hour after trick-or-treating in their area.
If they're caught breaking that rule they'll be taken into custody right away.
There are more than 11,000 sex offenders in Wisconsin that are not being monitored. They can participate in trick or treating.