On Halloween Buffalo parole officers visited every single registered sex offender in Buffalo to make sure they are following the rules to not participate in Halloween.
This is a part of the "Operation Halloween" a yearly initiative to prevent sex offenders from abusing Halloween.
For a registered sex offender they are not allowed to have trick or treaters, their lights on at the home, dress up in any costume, or decorate for the holiday. They are also mandated to stay in their homes from 3 p.m. on Halloween until 8 a.m. the following day. Police suggest they place a sign on their door to alert children that no trick or treating will be allowed at the home.
Parole officers make the rounds all day on Halloween, and late into the next morning. Even visiting some houses twice.