ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York law enforcement officials have placed special restrictions on paroled sex offenders for Halloween.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will closely monitor supervised sex offenders to ensure the safety of children on Halloween.

Starting in the early afternoon on Halloween, or immediately following the end of their work day, all sex offender parolees have to stay in their homes until 6 a.m. the next morning.

They can’t open their doors, hand out candy or participate in trick-or-treating, and they can’t wear any costumes or masks.

The rules apply to the 2,300 sex offenders under state parole supervision.

County Probation Departments, which monitor about 5,000 sex offenders under probation supervision, also may have special restrictions in place for Halloween.

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