Main: General News: Local News

A Safety Tip for Parents Before Trick or Treating Submitted: 10/31/2012
Rhinelander - Tonight your neighborhood will be full of little ghosts and goblins looking for a sugar fix.

Parents have always put emphasis on what their kids bring home on halloween, checking out their candy to make sure it's safe. But you might want to check out where they're getting it first.

There's a website that can help you with that. The Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry keeps track of every registered sex offender, and you can too. You can check the map by street, city or zip code to find out which houses you don't want your kids visiting tonight.

Statewide, the Department of Corrections keeps a close watch on trick or treat nights. It teams up with local police to visit registered sex offenders to be sure they're following the rules.

"On haloween evening they're required to remain in their residence from one hour before to one hour after local trick or treating hours. The sex offenders have been given notice to not display or give any indication their residence is participating in trick or treating activities. They're restricted from halloween decorations, from having the porch light on during trick or treating hours, or wearing costumes," says Dan Gannon, a DOC Field Supervisor.

If they break these rules they'll be found in violation of the sex offender registry, which is a felony.

During last year's check in Oneida county, there were no violations.

Please see the link to the mapping tool below.

Sex Offender Registry Map
Written By: Lyndsey Stemm

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -