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JONESBORO, Ark – New law in Arkansas means Level 3 and Level 4 Registered Sex Offenders are CRIMINALLY BANNED from participating in Halloween activities in which children will be present.
This restriction began October 17th and will end November 14th.
According to Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 14, the restriction states that registered offenders are prohibited from participating in certain Halloween-related activities.
That means no wearing Halloween costumes, either. As used in this section, “costume” means an outfit worn to create the appearance or characteristic of a particular period, person, place or thing.
A “Halloween related event” is defined as an event involving children organized around and concerning the celebration of Halloween that occurs any time during the two weeks before or after October 31 of each year, including without limitations to Trick-or-Treating; Costume party; an event involving the wearing of a costume or the handing out of candy to children.
It is also unlawful for any person who is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act of 1997 and who has been assessed as a Level 3 or Level 4 offender to knowingly distribute candy or any items as part of a Halloween-related event or wear a mask or other item to a costume as part of a Halloween-related event if a minor is present, JPD said.
For more information on the restrictions, please go to https://www.ark.org/offender-search/index.php