The Simi Valley City Council unanimously agreed tonight to repeal its Halloween Ordinance which required the city’s registrants to post a sign on the front door of their homes as well as prohibited them from decorating their homes, answering the door to trick-or-treaters and illuminating any exterior lights. The City Council vote was taken without discussion or debate, however, the City Attorney recommended repeal of the ordinance prior to the meeting due to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a registrant and his family who reside in Simi Valley.
“The City Council wisely decided to repeal its Halloween Ordinance tonight,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Registrants and their families will now be able to exercise their constitutional rights and celebrate this important holiday together.”
The City of Simi Valley was first sued in 2012 for its Halloween Ordinance. A federal judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order that prohibited the City from enforcing its sign requirement that year. The City of Simi Valley soon thereafter entered into a formal Settlement Agreement which included a provision that the city would not enforce its sign requirement in the future.
Despite entering into the Settlement Agreement, the City of Simi Valley distributed copies of the Halloween Ordinance, including the sign requirement, to registrants during the years 2013 through 2017. According to city officials, compliance with the Halloween Ordinance was voluntary, however, neither the fliers that contained the information nor the police officers who distributed the fliers made such statements.
The City of Simi Valley has agreed to notify all registrants by certified mail that the ordinance has been repealed.