10 Scary Halloween laws

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This story was originally published in 2014

halloweenlaws1Here are ten spooky laws actually on the books concerning Halloween from down your block and around the world:

  1. There is a tiny village in France called Vendragues and apparently there was some trouble with clowns there, years back. Today, it is illegal to wear clown costumes or makup on Halloween if you are more than 12 years old.
  2. There have been laws prohibiting the wearing of masks in New York state since the 1800’s.
  3. No one who has passed the 8th grade, or is beyond the age of an 8th grader, may publicly ask for candy, on Halloween or any other day, in the town of Bellville, Missouri.
  4. For the past 10 years, using, selling or purchasing Silly String within the LAPD division of Hollywood within the city of Los Angeles all day on Halloween and November 1 carries a $1,000 fine.halloweenlaws2
  5. There is a tiny village in Delaware called Rehoboth where trick or treating must be done on October 30 each year when Halloween falls on a Sunday. A further restriction (on Sundays only) is that the candy-begging can occur only from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  6. In California and most other states, private companies, including stores, can bar anyone wearing a costume from entering, even on October 31. The key is: ALL folks must be equally barred, wearing ANY costume.
  7. halloweenlaws3However, specifically in Walnut Creek, California, a permit is required to engage in the act of “trick or treating” if a mask or disguise is to be worn on a public street. Such permits are available from the sheriff in town.

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