Tag Archives: Halloween

Oct 11
8:52 PM

Operation Boo and other California Halloween Laws

California's various counties, not unlike those in many other concerned states, have established safety and nuisance rules to keep Halloween revellers in line.  One law in particular proves controversial: Operation Boo.  Enforced by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2008, Operation Boo institutes a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on sex offender parolees. They must stay indoors, extinguish all exterior lights, remove any Halloween decorations and keep the doors to their homes shut. The only exception to the rule is the presence of a parole agent, who might come knocking to verify compliance. Read more

Other California laws include curfews, sound ordinances, and drinking in public rules. Read more

The moral of the story is to try to have fun on Halloween but remember, you could potentially get on the wrong side of a recently passed California law.  It is always good to check out what you can and can't do on Halloween night to avoid problems. [AR]