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.