Legal Humor Roundup for October 31, 2011

It’s halloween, which typically means you’ll see leftover Milk Duds and Tootsie Rolls in the law firm’s candy bowl for the next two weeks. And, across the country, some interesting state laws and local ordinances. Such as when you can trick or treat, how old you must be, and what you can wear. Plus, what some sex offenders must do to keep children away from their homes. It’s the Halloween edition of the happy hour law review for Monday, October 31, 2011.

1It’s against the law to trick or treat after 8:00 p.m. on Halloween in Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach. And you must be younger than 14. Oh, and no trick or treating on a Sunday. | Rehoboth Beach Ordinance

2It’s illegal to possess or use Silly String in the Hollywood Division of Los Angeles, at least during the defined term of Halloween, which is 12:01 a.m. October 31 through noon on November 1. Silly String is defined as “any putty-like substance that is shot or expelled in the form of string from an aerosol can or other pressurized device.” | LAPD

3Unless you are 14 years of age or younger in Louisville, you cannot wear a “mask, false face, cover or partial cover, or other apparel with intent to conceal [your] identity. But Superhero Law published a special Halloween post last year celebrating the fact that “Halloween is the one day that superheroes can walk around in costume without drawing extra attention.” | Superhero Law

4Missouri has a law that essentially is in effect for five hours each year. It requires registered sex offenders to remain in their homes between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Halloween, plus post a sign stating “No candy or treats at this residence,” plus leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m. Maryland has a similar law and at one point gave out brightly-colored pumpkin signs saying “No Candy at this Residence.” | Missouri Law, Section 589.426

  • Guano Dubango

    Yesterday, a pretty woman sidled up to me at the lunch counter and said “trick or treat!” When I asked her what this was all about, she repeated her comment and told me she wanted my tootsie roll. Puzzled, I left, but when I was later told what this meant, I had already returned to my office. I may go back to the lunch counter tomorrow to find this pretty woman.