The Cities of Lancaster and Temecula this week repealed restrictions which prohibited all registrants living in those cities from fully participating in Halloween celebrations. The repeals took place after letters were sent to a total of five cities warning that the restrictions were preempted by state law. The letters also warned cities that fail to repeal the Halloween restrictions could be sued in court..
“We congratulate Lancaster and Temecula for taking the necessary steps to repeal their unlawful ordinances,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “And we are preparing to challenge in court the remaining cities that still have Halloween ordinances.”
In both Lancaster and Temecula, registrants were required to turn off all outside lights and prohibited registrants from decorating their homes and answering the door to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Lancaster was the first city to act when it took the first step toward repeal of its Halloween ordinance on September 11. Both cities took action during City Council meetings on September 25.
“Halloween restrictions for registrants is a solution without a problem,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “According to academic studies on the subject, no child has ever been harmed by a registrant while trick or treating on Halloween.”