We all know there’s no one who does Halloween better than the Americans. In the grand U-S of A Halloween is its own holiday and the lengths people go to to decorate their houses, themselves and even their pets is in a different league to the rest of the world. We thought in honour of All Hallows Eve we would countdown some of the country’s more bizarre Halloween laws. Join us through the silly string, pumpkins and apple bobbing…
- Mask ban – in California the law still reads “No person shall wear a mask or disguise on a public street without a permit from the sheriff.” which we bet makes trick or treating pretty difficult
- No trick or treating – in Missouri you may not be able to go trick-or-treating at all. The Mayor passed a law banning anyone past the age of 13 from asking for sweets in public. He claimed Halloween was just for children and the law has stood ever since
- Costume restrictions – it’s illegal to dress like a priest on Halloween in Alabama and it will more than likely get you arrested and fined
- The silliest of laws – If you live in Hollywood, California Silly String is completely off limits from 12am on Halloween to noon on 1st Apparently the city got sick of cleaning it up every year and passed a law that comes with a sizeable fine if you’re caught with the stuff in your possession
- New identity – anyone living in Dublin, Georgia might struggle to find an outfit as the law states your face has to be fully visible and recognizable on Halloween, which we reckon kind of spoils the fun
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Date: 26 October 2016