Major U.S. City Says Trick-Or-Treaters Older Than 12 May Face Jail Time; Parents Are Fuming

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October 10, 2018

Here's an honest question. One that parents of adolescent kids tend to ask themselves every Halloween. How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

Some say as old as their kids want, as long as they aren't terrorizing the neighborhood. Others parents say that the trick-or-treating fun should end by the time they are driving, or even well before that age. What age do you think is appropriate?

As for this major U.S. city, that age is 12 years old and they have some strict rules that follow. For example, a 13-year-old who is engaging in this Halloween activity could face a misdemeanor, up to $100 in fines, or could be locked up in jail for up to 6 months.

"If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as 'trick or treat' or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever, he or she 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," according to Chesapeake, Virginia's city code.

https://twitter.com/SunniAndTheCity/status/1049966089067741184

The city ordinance doesn't end with just age, however. Anyone who is engaging in trick-or-treating after 8 p.m. could face similar charges listed above.

https://twitter.com/KWCH12/status/1049756077934436352

"If any person shall engage in the activity commonly known as "trick or treat" or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever after 8:00 p.m., he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than 30 days or both," the city code reads.

https://twitter.com/theinquisitr/status/1049740833430429697

On the other hand, according to the city's website, Chesapeake police will not be actively seeking out age violations. They will, however, address matters that result in damaged properties, and other misconduct.

https://twitter.com/VisitChesapeake/status/793079080849637377

"For example, a thirteen-year-old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues. That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will," the statement read.

What do you think about this? Do you think this is the right age to stop trick-or-treating? Let us know your thoughts!