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October 31, 2013

4 weird laws related to Halloween celebrations

Are you legal this Halloween? Some states have laws directly or indirectly related to Halloween, dictating what residents can and cannot wear and how they can celebrate All Hallow's Eve.

Here are some of the strangest laws that may affect your spooky celebrations.

1. No masks or disguises are allowed on a public street in Walnut, Calif., without permission from the sheriff.

2. In Alabama, it is illegal to dress as a priest, nun, or any other clergy member.

3. Some cities set an age limit on trick-or-treating, like Belleville, Ill., which has banned high schoolers from going trick-or-treating.

4. It's illegal to wear a hood, mask, or anything that conceals identity if you're over 16 years of age in Dublin, Ga.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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