The Tennessee Department of Correction’s “Operation Blackout” is up and running in full force, checking up on registered sex offenders ahead of Halloween.
If their offense was against a minor, then they’re not allowed to participate in any trick-or-treating events that night, so they can’t have their porch lights on, and they can’t have any Halloween decorations out.
Correction officers will check roughly 2,500 homes in various parts of the state before Halloween and 700 to 800 the night of Oct. 31.
Parents are encouraged to look up sex offenders in the area, at sor.tbi.tn.gov. Your best bet is to stick to homes you know or sponsored trunk-or-treating events.