President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday that bars the sale of any Halloween decorations or Halloween decoration-related paraphernalia.
Trump said the bill protects children’s privacy and the environment.
“This is the right thing to do,” Trump said at the signing ceremony.
The bill, signed by Trump, is the first of its kind signed by the new president and will be subject to a review by Congress.
The legislation also prohibits public schools from providing any educational materials that encourage students to participate in Halloween costumes, and prohibits the sale, transportation, or distribution of any item that encourages students to dress in costumes.
“Our nation has always been built on respect for all of its citizens, and today’s legislation is an important step to protect the children of our country,” Trump wrote in a statement.
The new legislation comes after the Justice Department sued two companies, Craftsman and Craftsbury, for selling Halloween decorations to school districts.
The two companies said they were complying with a ban on Halloween decorations imposed by the Obama administration.
The department said the companies’ actions violated the law, which prohibits any sale, transport, or other distribution of Halloween decorations that promote “intrusion upon school property.”
The Trump administration says the companies were not selling Halloween costumes in violation of the ban.
Craftsmaker and Craftstothehouse Industries (CSI) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Department of Justice also sued the companies for providing false information to the department, saying they misled the government about the legality of the restrictions.
“The law prohibits the distribution, sale, or transport of Halloween costumes,” the DOJ said in a news release.
“CSI is required to immediately cease and desist from all sales of Halloween related items.”
Trump’s signing ceremony came a day after the White House announced it was banning any public school or other places from allowing Halloween decorations in classrooms and schools.
Trump’s announcement also came as the Justice and Education Departments announced they were suing CraftsstotheHouse Industries for the sale and distribution of “child-friendly” Halloween decorations.
The Justice Department said the sale includes the “Pumpkins and Roses” decoration, which is intended to be “a child-friendly alternative to Halloween costumes and paraphernals that encourage young children to take on a role of the hero or the bad guy.”
The Justice and Department of Education announced a separate lawsuit against CraftsStotheHouse.
The White House said the Department of Labor and the Office of Education were working with the departments on the litigation.
The departments said the complaint was being filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. and is in response to the companies false statements to the federal government about Halloween decorations and related paraphernal items.
The complaint says CraftstheHouse, the parent company of Craftsmans Halloween decorations products, and CraftSleeping Beauty are not licensed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and are in violation the federal law.
The companies did not have a license for the Pumpkin and Roses decoration until July 2017, the companies said in the complaint.
The Trump White House also announced Wednesday that the Trump Administration would provide $3 million to help public schools in states with the most restrictive Halloween laws enforce the new restrictions.
The funds will be used to purchase, equip, and maintain equipment to comply with the new regulations.
The president said the money would go toward buying equipment for school boards and staffs to comply.
“As you know, we are the only major nation on Earth that does not have any such laws,” Trump tweeted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.