Earlier this month, residents of Upper Deerfield, NJ were outraged when they heard news that their town had passed an ordinance that made it illegal for anyone over the age of 12 to trick-or-treat.  The story got so much media coverage that, according to News12, the town administrator had to make a statement letting everyone know that no such ordinance existed.

Although it's not illegal for teens in Upper Deerfield to trick-or-treat, there are some other places in the country with some odd rules about Halloween.  AvvoStories.com published a whole list of "laws that can spoil your Halloween."  Here are a few examples...

  • In Belleview, IL, no one over the age of 12 can wear a mask on Halloween.  Plus, trick-or-treating is limited to kids in 8th grade or below.
  • Masks aren't allowed to be worn by anyone in Walnut, CA (unless they get a permit from the sheriff).  In Alabama, you can get
  • In Alabama, you can be fined up to $500 and get a year in jail if you dress up as a "minister of any religion, or nun, priest, rabbi or other member of the clergy."
  • If you live in Rehoboth Beach, DE, don't plan on going out to trick-or-treat,if Halloween falls on a Sunday, because it's illegal.  (The next time Halloween falls on a Sunday is 2021).
  • Don't even think about using Silly String in Hollywood, CA.  It's illegal to "possess, use, sell or distribute Silly String in public from 12:01 a.m. on October 31 to noon November 1."  And if you're caught with the stuff, you could be fined up to $1,000.

To check out more interesting Halloween-related laws, click here.