City of Charleston to enforce Halloween ordinance
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Saturday, children will be dressed up in their favorite costumes, trick-or-treating around the Lowcountry.
The City of Charleston has a few rules to be aware of.
No one over the age of 16 can trick-or-treat, or wear a mask while walking around in a public place. Also, all trick-or-treating must stop by 10 p.m.
These laws are something many last minute shoppers were not aware of Thursday evening.
"You can't be in public with a mask if you're over 16?" Said Radalyn Harreld. "But, you can be at like an adult place? Yes, that makes sense, for the kids."
"I think that that's crazy and I feel like I've trick-or-treated past 10 o'clock many times," said Louise Paterson.
"I don't think that's a problem because a lot of crazy things going on out there," said Kristian Johnson.
From Party City to Hokus Pokus, last minute Halloween shoppers faced long lines, scary costumes and loud spooks.
Some had their costumes decided.
Others, came in search of the perfect disguise.
Party City manager Mark Schulz said this is peek week for them and many costumers aren't familiar with the City of Charleston ordinances.
"I don't think so," said Schulz. "We are selling a lot of masks for Halloween. When you're out trick-or-treating, definitely be safe and follow the ordinances."
Giles Taylor, owner of Hokus Pokus, feels costumes should be the only scary thing you encounter Halloween night.
"Make sure you have something that's luminescent in all your costumes," said Taylor. "Make sure the costume fits you so you don't trip over it. Make sure you travel in groups."
Everyone was eager for the big day.
"It's my favorite day of the year," said Harreld. "I'm so excited."
Everyone was still focused on keeping it fun.
"Be safe!" Said Johnson. "Keep up with your children."
"Have fun," said Harreld. "Get as much candy as you can."
Summerville, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston do not have a Halloween ordinance like the City of Charleston's.
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