Ordinance aims for safer Halloweens

ALLEN PARK – Registered sex offenders in the city now must abstain from Halloween activities that bring them into contact with children.

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday by Councilman James Flynn stating that any person who is required to be registered under Michigan’s sex offenders registration act shall be prohibited from participating in any way in activities traditionally conducted during the evening of Halloween, including distributing candy or other items to children.

Such offenders also also are prohibited from leaving on any exterior lights at their residence or doing anything to convey the impression that the residence is occupied between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, or during any other date or time designated by the city as being the period of observance of Halloween.