Riverside Halloween Banned For Registered Sex Offenders – Safety. Riverside County officials voted unanimously Tuesday for a new measure that leaves 3,500 registered banned sex offenders during Halloween night activities. The ruling also states that they are not allowed to place any decorations or hand out candy on October 31.
Beyond that, they will be prohibited from leaving any external lights on between 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Halloween night. Supervisor Jeff Stone, who introduced the ordinance, noted that the cities of Orange and San Jacinto already have similar measures in place.
The Murrieta Police Department has sent out yearly warnings to those registered banned sex offenders convicted of crimes against children. “To avoid any unnecessary allegations of impropriety with minors, I strongly suggest you protect yourself by voluntarily refraining from interacting with the children during the trick-or-treat holiday,” the letter from Murrieta Police Chief Mark Wright stated last year.
“This is another way in which to prevent youngsters in our community from coming into contact with registrants” on the list, said Stone.
“Our responsibility is to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens… One molestation is too many in this county,” he added
But county resident Julie Waltz said she was unimpressed with the Halloween banned ordinance. “You can’t control these people,” she stated. “The laws of the state need to be changed. We need to direct our efforts into changing the laws instead of spending $20,000 of taxpayer money on another ordinance.”