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Halloween Restrictions On Sex Offenders Include No Decorations, No Candy

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- It's lights out at homes of registered sex offenders on Halloween night. They won't be allowed to interact with trick-or-treaters thanks to Operation Boo.

A judge clarified restrictions imposed on sex offenders under the law enforcement program, after a Southern California lawyer and activist challenged them on the grounds they violated certain Constitutional rights.

Sex offenders on parole no longer have to post signs warning trick-or-treaters to stay away, but they cannot decorate their homes, or pass out candy.

They are also required to remain indoors between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Halloween night. They can only open the door to respond to law enforcement.

There are more than 1,400 registered sex offenders living in San Francisco.

The California Department of Corrections started Operation Boo in 1994 to ensure the safety of children in California from sexual abuse on Halloween night.

More information is available at on the CDCR Operation Boo webpage.

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