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."