Sex Offender Watch: Know Which Homes to Avoid on Halloween

There are nine sex offenders living in Algonquin and nine living in Lake in the Hills.

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Patch wants to help Lake in the Hills and Algonquin parents keep their kids safe this Halloween.

As your little ones and not-so-little-ones prepare to go door to door for trick-or-treating this Halloween, Patch offers maps of registered sex offenders in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills. 

  • Sex Offender Watch: A Map of Homes in Lake in the Hills
  • Sex Offender Watch: A Map of Homes in Algonquin

Rules for Halloween

It is the violation of a chlid sex offender's parole/probation to hand out candy during Halloween. Registered child sex offenders who break the rules may be subject to fines or revocation of their parole or probation. 

While the law applies specifically to child sex offenders, local police will advise sex offenders to turn off their lights during trick-or-treat hours or find a reason to get out of the house during that time to avoid a complaint. 

Starting Jan. 1, Illinois State law will change to make it a felony for child sex to participate in a holiday event involving children under 18 years of age, which includes distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween, wearing a Santa Claus costume, being employed as a department store Santa Claus, or wearing an Easter Bunny costume.

The new law will give leeway to child sex offenders who are parents or legal guardians of children under age 18 living in the home.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that sex offenders are banned from handing out candy on Halloween. This has been changed to "child sex offenders." 

David Hess October 24, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It's time for the annual Halloween hysteria. It makes no difference that no one can point to a single report anywhere in the U.S. of a registered sex offender attacking a Trick or Treater.
Adrienne Dumser October 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Maybe do to the precautions that are put in place. I appreciate the safety precautions put in place to protect my children. If you are a sex offender you have no business being anywhere near children. Particularly if your offense involved a child.
marc October 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Really David? This ia an article for kids to ensure safety and a piece of mind for parents. Whi cares if there is no reports on any of these sick people doing anything on Halloween. I dont. I want my kids safe. Every one of them should have to have a sign in their front yard explaining what they did.
Bonzai October 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Marc & Adrienne I agree with you. There's no arguing with stupid though. As far as sex offenders go they've been convicted of a crime. One that is not forgiven in society. Their lives are changed forever by their own actions. More importantly the lives of their victims are changed forever. They should be banned from participating. It reduces the risk to other victims. Some will re-offend, why make it easy for them. To me this article also sends a message to would be offenders. You'll be on public display until your dying day. Offenders should be so lucky to live in the US during a time where they're allowed to serve prison time and go free. Versus years ago where you could be physically branded, dismembered, tortured..killed...need I go on..
Lisa October 24, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I agree also with Marc and Adrienne. As a parent of a young boy, I am thankful to have this information and to be reminded that not everyone in our area is a good person. It's good to know where these evil persons live so, that my son does not go near the area on Halloween or any other day. Sex offenders, very often, recommitt crimes and Halloween would be a holiday that could easily lure them back. It should not matter if it is documented or not, these people will be tempted the rest of their lives so, why make it easy for them to prey on children.
Lisa October 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Rev. Dr. C. David Hess (pastor) RSO - Attempt possession of child pornography Is that you? David
ltm October 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM
There are no records to support crimes committed against children on Halloween and therefore no basis for Halloween Laws restricting anyone from the celebrated Halloween celebration.
ltm October 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Perhaps consider laws that criminally charge parents for their lack of vigilance in being sure their children are safe. It might be a good idea to put the parents on a registry so that people know not to associate with these irresponsibly dangerous child criminals who foster (child neglect - abuse -and more)! Could this be you?
ltm October 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM
There are no records to support crimes committed against children on Halloween and therefore no basis for Halloween Laws restricting anyone from the celebrating Halloween. This is simply allot of hype (To publicize or promote, especially by extravagant, inflated, or misleading claims) - Duh - get it?
ltm October 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Hey! When Halloween is over let's go for Kings Day? Christmas? Easter? Thanksgiving? Hunnakkah? Cinco de Mayo or snow days. WOW! We could really keep everyone safe. Yippppeeee! I feel safer already!
Bonzai October 25, 2012 at 07:52 PM
There's no arguing with stupid...
ltm October 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Stupid is as stupid does.
LP October 30, 2012 at 02:10 PM
ltm you are missing the point. A costume hides who someone is therefore making it impossible for a child to accuse their attacker. You obviously are taking this personally and there is obviously a reason. @ Lisa...nice catch on David Hess.


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