Happy Halloween! It's almost time for the spooky, sugary festivities of the best holidays of the year. And while Halloween may look very different during a pandemic, there is still plenty of room for fun, games, and candy.
In anticipation of All Hallow's Eve, we're bringing you three of the strangest and arguably funniest laws that exist just to avoid dangerous situations (or maybe just all the fun?) On Halloween night.
Bellville, Missouri has a trick or treating age limit.
That's right! If you live in Bellville (or just want to try trick or treating in the metropolitan area), you should be under 12 – or in eighth grade or under. Why do you ask? Bellville's mayor believed that Halloween was for the kids only and that there should be an age limit for knocking on strangers' doors and asking for candy. I think the rest of us will find our sugar rush at the 50% off sales on November 1st! (We'll be with the Reese).
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Get a permit for your mask in Walnut Creek, California.
The origins of these are probably obvious – masks are often associated with nefarious actors such as bank robbers or small league referees. At Walnut Creek, you need a sheriff's permit to wear a mask for public reasons – no exception for Halloween costumes. Do you need evidence? Here is the real code.
Vendragues, France made clown costumes illegal.
Due to "some problems" with clown costumes, they were banned by Vendragues in 2014. The mayor's office said the law was passed to "avoid any disturbance … from evil clowns" after a "wave of terror" from clowns molested innocent bystanders. Does anyone really mind this rule? Given that creepy clowns have popped up in cities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we may need more of these. * Shudders *
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Happy Halloween everyone! Remember: friends don't let friends dress up like clowns.
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This post was originally published on October 19, 2018