updated 10/23/2008 10:59:35 AM ET 2008-10-23T14:59:35

Authorities arrested 24 sex-offense suspects during a two-day nationwide sweep ahead of Halloween.

Most of those sex offenders were arrested for violating their registration requirements. This roundup was part of a trend that targets sex-offense suspects or registered sex offenders on or before Halloween. It's an effort to restrict their activities that night.

The ACL sued Missouri, saying a new state law aimed at sex offenders was too vague. It required them to avoid all Halloween-related contact with children, remain inside their homes and post a sign saying they have no candy to keep trick-or-treaters away.

Texas, Maryland and South Carolina passed similarly strict laws about what convicted sex offenders can do on Halloween.

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