Wacky Halloween Laws

October 31st, typically associated with trick-or-treating, candy and costumes, is not considered fun for all in different locations across the United States. What may be a fun tradition for many has resulted in some abnormal laws. Take a look below at some of the Halloween- specific laws implemented across the United States to see if they apply to you!

Are you from Missouri? If you reside in Bellville, Missouri, and are over the age of twelve, you are not permitted to ask for candy in public. The ordinance, implemented in 2008, fines anyone over twelve from $100 to $1,000 for violating the ordinance. (www.upnorthliving.com). The mayor of Bellville pushed for the law because town citizens were becoming frightened when they opened their doors to people over six feet tall in the middle of the night. (www.today.com).

Have you ever considered wearing a mask on Halloween? If you live in Walnut Creek, California, you may want to think again. The small California town has a law that “no person shall wear a mask or disguise on a public street without a permit from the sheriff.” (www.libertynews.com).

Interested in something even more bizarre? In Hollywood, California, it is “illegal to possess, use, sell or distribute silly string in public areas.” (www.smosh.com). After cleaning up silly string year after year, the city implemented the law with a hefty fine of $1,000 for anyone caught violating the law.

Ever considered dressing up as Marie Antoinette? If you live in Merryville, Missouri, where women are banned from wearing corsets, your ideal costume may be off of the table. (www.prisonbreakfreak.com). According to the town, costumes that incorporate corsets are banned because they deny others “the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body.” Id.

Trick-or-treating this Halloween? In 2010, several Oklahoma towns including Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City and Yukon made October 30th the official day for trick-or-treating because October 31st of that year fell on a Sunday. (www.prisonbreakfreak.com). Don’t worry, the “new” Halloween was more of a suggestion than an actual law, implemented to provide a more convenient evening of fun for families that wouldn’t be on a school night.

Happy Halloween!

By: Anna Cantu, Reference Assistant

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