The City of Simi Valley has formally notified registrants in that city that they are no longer required to post a sign on the front door of their home on Halloween and are allowed to decorate their homes as well as answer their door to children. According to the letter dated October 18, these changes are the result of a decision made on October 16 by the Simi Valley City Council to repeal its Halloween ordinance which was adopted in 2012.
The Simi Valley letter did not make reference to the two federal lawsuits filed in 2012 and 2017 which challenged the city’s Halloween ordinance. However, the City agreed to send the letters to registrants in a settlement agreement reached with a registrant and his family who live in Simi Valley. Another provision in that agreement requires the Simi Valley City Police Department to create and distribute internally a memo regarding the City Council’s decision to repeal the Halloween ordinance.
“We commend the City of Simi Valley for honoring this year’s settlement agreement,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “We will monitor the actions of the Simi Valley Police Department this year and in the future to ensure that their actions are also consistent with that agreement.”
According to a plaintiff in the 2017 lawsuit, two Simi Valley police officers handed him a flier last month and told him that he must comply with the requirements of the city’s Halloween ordinance. Two city officials later told the media that compliance with the ordinance was voluntary, however, the language of the flier did not include a statement that compliance was voluntary. In addition, the City of Simi Valley formally agreed in a 2013 settlement agreement, after being sued in federal court, that the city would not enforce its Halloween ordinance.