Oct 30, 2013 11:15 PM by Steven Albritton

Halloween Changes Cause Issue for Officials

Halloween came a day early in certain neighborhoods in Lafayette Parish. Around ten neighborhoods in Youngsville decided to avoid risking rain on Halloween and moved Trick-or-Treating up to Wednesday night.

"We just decided, we're a big enough community that we'll go ahead and do it. And invite the rest of the neighbors to come," Sugar Mill Pond resident and Home Owner's Association member Bill McDonald said.

"A lot of people, a lot of candy, a lot of kids! Trying to run mine around," Sugar Mill Pond resident Christina Hines said.

The change gave city and parish officials tough decisions to make. Youngsville Police are planning a beefed up presence on Halloween night. On short notice of neighborhoods moving their Halloween times, they were able to get three extra officers on the streets for the early celebration.

Then there's the issue of sex offenders. Under state law, they're forbidden to hand out candy on Halloween or any other holiday. Sex offenders in Lafayette Parish were reminded not to hand out candy on the 31st.

"The problem with Lafayette Parish is we have about 300 offenders here, and for us to reach out and make sure each one of those offenders were notified and that we have something legal in hand that says he definitely knew he shouldn't do it tonight, then that causes us a lot more issues, " Captain Kip Judice of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office said.

On Halloween, convicted sex offenders will not be allowed to participate in any kind of Halloween celebration. Those with major offenses will have to show up for supervision by LPSO from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.




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