Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to ban registered sex offenders from putting up Halloween decorations or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
The measure takes effect immediately.
The state attorney general's office lists 2,584 registered sex offenders residing in Riverside County, but the ban applies only to sex offenders in unincorporated areas. County officials said their records show that there are 3,491 registered sex offenders.
Registered sex offenders will now be banned from answering the door to trick-or-treaters or putting Halloween decorations on their homes between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31 each year.
They will also be prohibited from leaving on any external lights between 5 and 11:59 p.m. on Halloween night.
Supervisor Jeff Stone, who introduced the ordinance, said that the cities of Orange and San Jacinto already have similar measures in place.