Eight sex offenders were arrested in Milwaukee County Sunday as part of a joint effort to protect children trick-or-treating this Halloween weekend, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The DOJ partnered with local law enforcement to conduct random home visits of registered sex offenders on community supervision during trick-or-treat times.
There are 5,856 registered sex offenders on community supervision in the state. They were advised by parole and probation officers of Halloween-specific restrictions, including:
- Having any Halloween decorations, either inside or outside their residence.
- Handing out candy or participating in trick or treat activities.
- Wearing a Halloween costume.
- Turning on their porch light during trick or treating hours.
Last year 38 sex offenders were arrested statewide for violating these restrictions.
Sex Offender Registration Program Director Grace Knutson said for safe trick-or-treating: “Children should always be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult. Stay on well-lit streets and stick to neighborhoods you know well. Only stop at homes with a lit porch light. Never enter a home or car for a treat. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to carry a cell phone for quick communication. Call 911 if you see any suspicious or unlawful activity. Children should yell ‘No!’ and try to escape if a stranger tries to take them somewhere. Have a responsible adult check treats at the end of the night.”