On October 30, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a Missouri state law [PDF] designed to prevent registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities. The law requires sex offenders to post signs reading "no candy or treats at this residence," turn off their porch lights, avoid Halloween-related activities with children, and remain in their homes between 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM on Halloween. The ruling overturned an earlier decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri which found two of the law's provisions to be too restrictive. Other states, including Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey, have overturned sex offender laws that were found to be too restrictive.
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