Is It Legal to Wear a Mask on Halloween?

Leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler (at least some days), and Christmas trees are appearing in department stores everywhere. These signs can only mean one thing: Halloween is on its way.

That’s a good thing, especially for those who love to dress up. Whether you plan to be silly, clever, or scary, there is a certain element of freedom in dressing up one night a year and being someone that you aren’t. But is it really ok? We have received emails from cautious individuals wondering if they need to change their costume plans to a look that doesn’t involve masks.

According to North Carolina State Law, it is illegal for anyone over the age of 16 (legal adult) to wear a mask or hood over your face. North Carolina General Statutes 14-12.7-10 ban the wearing of masks and hoods on public streets, sidewalks, public property (such as a park or building), and also on private property. G.S. 14-12.11 makes an exemption for any person wearing a traditional holiday costume in season.

Seems that Halloween would fit into the “traditional holiday costume in season” exception. So take advantage of the one day that allows a loophole big enough for everyone to fit into.

Be safe out there.

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