Halloween is a time where anyone can be, well just about anything. And let’s not forget the free candy as a reward for just being a kid– big or small.
Buts some towns as of late have decided to put a cap on age groups trick or treating on Halloween.
And no, I am not tricking you.
In Chesapeake, Virginia, lawmakers have recently decided to bring the hammer down on how old is too old for trick or treating — threatening potential jail time for trick-or-treaters over the age of 12.
Seems a little strict if you ask me…
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The actual verbiage of the Chesapeake’s city ordinance code strictly states that anyone over the age of 12 trick-or-treats or participates in a similar activity “shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”
The ordinance also says that “an individual trick-or-treating after 8 p.m. will be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by up to a $100.00 fine or jail time of up to 30 days, or both.”
That sounds like a lot of fuss over a few bags of candy…
Other cities in both New Jersey and North Carolina also have similar curfews.
Both cities also have a strongly suggested age limit of 12 years old.
And it may surprise you that many people do agree with the age restrictions.
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In 2016, a poll from Today was created on the issue.
“More than 2,000 readers responded to TODAY Parents’ non-scientific poll about kids, their ages, and where they fit in when it comes to hitting up neighbors for candy,” wrote Terri Peters. “And while parents did not agree on an age range when kids are too old for trick-or-treating, 73 percent of those surveyed agree that somewhere between the ages of 12 and 17, kids should call it quits.”
Despite the city claiming that they won’t be actively seeking violations, there has been backlash about the Virgina law…
And rightfully so!
One commenter under the CBS Miami clip said:
“What exactly is so dangerous and unsafe about people 13 and older going trick or treating. Laws are made to protect people so when people make laws like this it ruins the whole idea of what the justice system is. These people are purposefully putting teens in jail over something harmless which could ruin one’s life.”
The city does say it is okay if an older sibling accompanies a younger sibling to trick or treat.
So over-twelve-year-olds: if you decide to brave it this Halloween and go forth trick or treating in your neighborhood, be civil, be polite and be sure to not cause a ruckus. If you don’t you may be cursed with a terrible future….
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