Halloween Laws
  • 30th Oct 2018
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The only rule that is traditionally upheld in the UK around the Halloween period is that shopkeepers should refuse to sell eggs to teenagers. However, other parts of the world have laws restricting the celebration of Halloween to a much greater extent, such as the following:

No trick or treating for adults

In Belleville, Illinois, Halloween is strictly an event for those aged 12 and under. If you are trick or treating or wearing a mask and you are older than 12, you are breaking the law. Breaking these rules could result in a fine of up to $1,000. Even if you are under 12, you must keep to the curfew of 17:00 – 20:30 or you could be subject to a fine up to.

No masks

In Walnut, California, you are unable to “wear a mask or disguise on a public street” any day of the year, regardless of your age. This law is put into action even on Halloween, unless you can persuade the sheriff to give you permission.

Is the light on?

Those trick or treating in the village of Forsyth, Macon County, Illinois have to be careful which houses they choose to trick or treat. If a trick or treater “approaches” a house that does not have their porch light on, it is considered an offence. This can result in a fine of up to $750.

No Sundays

If Halloween falls on a Sunday in Rehoboth Delaware, then it is against the law to celebrate it. However, all is not lost for the trick or treaters. They instead move the Halloween curfew to 30 October between 18:00 and 20:00; however you must be under the age of 14 to take part.

This is similarly seen in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, however the trick or treaters will have to wait until the Monday to collect their candy if Halloween were to fall on a Sunday.

No nuns

The nun is a frequently used Halloween costume; however, in the state of Alabama, it is against state law to dress up as one. In fact, it is against the law to dress up as any minister of religion at all throughout the year. If you were to get caught doing this, you could be given a fine up to $500 and jail time of up to a year!

No silly string

In Hollywood, California, they are strict about the possession of silly string around the Halloween season. If someone were to be caught “possessing, using, selling or distributing” silly string, they could end up with a fine up to $1,000.

No clowns

After numerous reports of clowns terrorising the residents of the village Vendargues in France, anyone aged 13 and older is banned from dressing as a clown for Halloween, as well as the whole of November. Anyone wishing to take part in “fairs and other public festivities” dressed as a clown must obtain permission from the authorities.

A similar event happened in Connecticut in 2017. After a wave of clown attacks in the area, it was announced that wearing clown costumes to cause intimidation would result in criminal penalties.

No Halloween?

In Jordan, the Halloween holiday is completely banned. In 2015 the U.S Embassy in Jordan warned:

U.S. citizens should expect police reaction, including arrests, at any public Halloween-themed event. The U.S. Embassy advises that U.S. citizens traveling from their home to a Halloween party, or vice versa, cover up their costumes while in public or in a car.’

Halloween specific curfews

On Halloween many states of the USA have specific curfews restricting the time in which someone is able to trick or treat. Some examples of these are:

  • In Chicago suburbs such as Orlando Park, the latest you can trick or treat is 19:00. If you are caught trick or treating after this time you could become subject to a $200 fine.
  • Central Illinois’ Oakwood has the curfew of 20:30. Getting caught trick or treating after this entitles the police to hand you a fine up to $500.
  • In southern Illinois’ Maryville the curfew is 21:00. If you get caught trick or treating after this time you could be given a hefty $750 fine.

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