Halloween is an opportunity for children, teenagers and adults alike to embrace their spook by dressing up as their favourite ghoul, film character or pun for an evening of fun. While this holiday is celebrated by many, some places around the world have had to put laws in place to limit the amount of chaos that seems to happen on the evening of Halloween.
Certain costumes are not allowed in some places
It’s been a common topic in recent years that some costumes are now seen as being culturally inappropriate. While this is not a crime, there are other costumes which have actually been banned during Halloween celebrations in various places such as Vendargues, France. Here for Halloween, and the whole of November, people aren’t allowed to dress up as clowns.
The law mainly came into action when the terrifying phase of ‘evil clowns’ swept across the globe. People of some mindset were dressing as creepy clowns and either walking the streets with weapons or acting in a threatening manner. It was this behaviour that led to Vendargues banning the costume.
Equally, in the state of Alabama it is illegal to dress as any religious figure, whether that be priest, nun or a rabbi. Those who choose to dress any member of religious clergy could be fined and face a stay in jail for committing the offence.
No trick or treating past 8pm
The community of Bathurst in Canada have previously faced a law which restricted anybody over 14 from participating in trick-or-treating on Halloween. However, it has been changed to a curfew which states that they must stop their door-to-door pursuits by 8pm. Those who continue to be dressed up – even including any facial disguises – past this time could be hit with a fine.
No celebrations at all
Forget about Halloween parties if your visiting Jordan. Since 2014, public celebrations of Halloween have been banned. Those who are found at any public, Halloween-themed event could be arrested by local police. This meant that the US Embassy even advised tourists travelling to and from private parties to completely cover their costumes while in public or in the car.
If Halloween ever fell on a Sunday, you’d find the people of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware trick-or-treating between the hours of 6pm and 8pm on the Saturday before, as it is illegal to do so on the Sunday. In addition to this, there is also an age restriction as you must be younger than 14 years.
Don’t cover your face
Various places are now restricting people that are celebrating Halloween from wearing masks or any kind of face cover. For example, in Belleville, Illinois nobody over the age of 12 years old can wear a face disguise, and if they do so, they could face a misdemeanour charge, a penalty and/or up to six months in jail.
But they aren’t the only place who have this rule. In Walnut, California, nobody of any age is allowed to cover their face in anyway, at any time of the year, unless they have a permit from the head of the local police department.
So, whether you’re staying in for a film binge or heading out to collect some goodies with family and friends, we should all be grateful we have the opportunity to legally celebrate Halloween how we choose to.
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