It's lights out for Tri-State sex offenders this Halloween.
Missouri laws say any sex offender that has been found guilty or pleaded guilty since August 28, 2008 cannot participate in any Halloween activity. They're mandated to stay home, unless they work during that time. Lights should remain off and offenders are not allowed to answer their doors during the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
While it's not required, the Marion County Sheriff's Office has provided door signs to the offenders in their county to void any contact with trick or treaters.
"We are going to be out. We'll basically be in undercover cars and be watching the residences we feel that we need to watch and make sure kids don't go up to their doors," Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said.
With the current laws in place in Missouri, only 12 of Marion County's 104 registered sex offenders must comply with the Halloween rules. Shinn says it's up to the parents to know where other offenders may be living.