Community Safety Message: Halloween Safety & Registered Sex Offenders
This is a Community Safety Message from Faulkner County. Faulkner County Sheriff's Office wants to assist you in keeping your children safe this year during Halloween festivities. Parents are advised to please review the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Website to raise awareness on Level 3 & Level 4 Sex Offenders in the community so that you may avoid these homes while trick-or-treating with your children. This information is available at the following link: Sex Offenders - Faulkner County Sheriff's Office (ar.gov)
According to AR Code § 5-14-135 (2020) Registered offender prohibited from participating in certain Halloween-related activities:
As used in this section:
“Costume” means an outfit worn to create the appearance or characteristic of a particular period, person, place, or thing; and
“Halloween-related event” means an event involving children organized around and concerning the celebration of Halloween that occurs any time during the two (2) weeks before or after October 31 of each year, including without limitation:
A costume party; and
An event involving the wearing of a costume or the handing out of candy to children.
It is unlawful for a person who is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act of 1997, § 12-12-901 et seq., and who has been assessed as a Level 3 or Level 4 offender to knowingly:
Distribute candy or any item to a minor as part of a Halloween-related event; or
Wear a mask or other costume as part of a Halloween-related event if a minor is present at the Halloween-related event.
It is not an offense under:
Subdivision (b)(1) of this section if the person is a parent or guardian of a minor to whom the candy or item is distributed; or
Subdivision (b)(2) of this section if the person is a parent or guardian of all minors present at the Halloween-related event.
A violation of this section is a Class D felony.
It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the person was:
Wearing a costume for a legitimate work-related event or purpose during normal business hours; or
Engaged in the commercial or retail sale of candy or other Halloween-related merchandise.
Please join in raising awareness on Halloween Safety this year. We encourage all of our community members to review this information regularly.