With Halloween and most trick-or-treating set for Monday night, law enforcement in Arkansas and Missouri are reminding parents to check out sex offender registries before heading out.
In Missouri, sex offenders convicted after 2008 will have to turn their porch lights off and hang a sign that says "No candy or treats at this residence." The law also states that offenders must avoid contact with children and stay at home.
Sex offenders convicted before 2008 do not fall under this law. The Missouri Supreme Court agreed with two convicted offenders that the law took effect after their convictions and therefore could not be applied as a retroactive punishment.
No such laws are on the books in Arkansas.