SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 'Operation Boo' is a 20-year-old program by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that aims to protect children from sexual abuse on Halloween.
'Operation Boo' requires sex offenders to do several things on October 31st, including staying in their homes from 5 p.m. - 5 a.m. with no lights on and no holiday decorations.They cannot open the door to anyone but law enforcement.
Here in San Diego, there are three thousand registered sex offenders. San Diego offenders also had to put a sign on their door announcing who they are and that they cannot take part in Halloween, but an offender only identified as John Doe filed a lawsuit in October saying he should not have to post a sign because his sex offense was committed more than 30 years ago and he is no longer listed on the Megan's Law website.
Monday, the Department of Corrections said the sign is no longer required. Offenders still have to stay in their homes, but they do not have to announce their past.
You can find out if any sex offenders live in your neighborhood or the area where you plan to take your kids trick or treating by going to the Megan's Law website, meganslaw.ca.gov