From the New York Daily News’ John Mahoney.

The worst of the state’s convicted perverts have been ordered to make themselves scarce on Halloween, the Daily News has learned.

Under rules to be enforced by the state Division of Parole, registered sex fiends must abide by a curfew that begins at 3 p.m. Monday and runs until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

They also are barred from wearing masks or having any interaction with young trick-or-treaters who ring their bell.

“As a parent, I know that nothing is more frightening than the prospect of someone preying on your child,” Pataki said. “That is why we have directed the state’s criminal justice agencies to do everything in their power to make sure our children are safe from sexual predators on Halloween and every day.”

The new restrictions apply to 270 Level 3 sex offenders – the worst of the worst – in the five boroughs and 539 in the rest of the state, officials said.

To make sure the convicted molesters and rapists get the message, Pataki said parole officers will be knocking on their doors and calling their homes “throughout the night.”

So if it wasn’t tough enough to be a registered sex offender, now these troubled individuals will have to cope with the inevitable vandalism that will occur when furious kids from their neighborhood realize they’ve bailed on their candy-giving responsibilities.

Of course, they should’ve thought of that before they joined they seminary.