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7 super strict Halloween laws from around the world


Photo by Lori Tiede licensed CC BY 2.0

There are basic rules that every kid should follow when they go out trick-or-treating for Halloween. Things like: walking door to door with a buddy, not criss-crossing the street, making sure you are wearing something reflective, and not eating any candy before it is checked by an adult. But some places have even MORE rules… ones you might not expect. Check out some of these Halloween rules, and see if you agree with them.

No wearing a mask in public

Child wears batman costume on Halloween.
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In Walnut Creek, California, USA, you actually need a permit to wear a mask on Halloween. They created this law to try to prevent people from causing trouble. Wonder if it works (or if anyone actually enforces it)?

No wearing sunglasses or a hood

Little girl wearing sunglasses looks up at sun.
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In Dublin, Georgia, USA, not only are you not allowed to wear a mask on Halloween (if you are older than 16), you also can’t wear sunglasses, a hood or anything else that might cover your face out in public. You can dress up in your own home, though.

No trick-or-treating after 8 p.m.

clock face
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In Bathurst, NB, you can be fined for trick-or-treating after 8 p.m. You can blame some particularly rowdy teenagers for this rule, which came into effect after some teens were being a little too wild. How late do you like to stay out on Halloween?

No trick-or-treating on Sundays

Kids trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
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In Reheboth Beach, Deleware, USA, trick-or-treating is illegal on Sundays. Other cities have this rule as well, because they don’t want Halloween to disrupt people who celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday (a religious day of rest). If Halloween falls on a Sunday, kids are expected to go out on Saturday night.

No silly string

Girl measures tower of silly string on friend's head
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In Hollywood, California, USA, people are not allowed to use silly string between midnight on Halloween to noon the following day. City leaders came up with this rule after a few crazy Halloweens where things got a bit out of control. Can you imagine cleaning silly string up from your whole neighbourhood?

No trick-or-treating after grade 8

Older kids dressed up and trick-or-treating on Halloween
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In Belleville, Missouri, USA, the mayor of the town passed a law saying that only kids up to grade 8 were allowed to go trick-or-treating because he felt that Halloween should only be for little kids. Seems reasonable… unless you are a very tiny 9th grader who really really REALLY wants candy. 

No clowns

Sad clown
Photo by Shawn Campbell licensed CC BY 2.0

In 2014, the town of Vendargues, France, banned dressing up as a clown for Halloween (and for the entire month of November) for anyone aged 13 and older. This happened because some people were dressing up as evil clowns and scaring people in the streets… and not even on Halloween! Way to ruin everyone’s fun.