A Virginia town is banning anyone over the age of 12 from trick-or-treating on Halloween.
If teens are caught engaging in any activity that resembles going from house-to-house asking for candy in the city of Chesapeake, they could get in trouble and even face jail time, according to the city’s ordinance code.
For the town, Halloween is about having fun, but these guidelines were put in place to help keep everyone safe. The city’s website explains:
Chesapeake Police staff will focus on making sure the evening is safe for everyone, not actively seeking out violations of the time or age limits.
However, someone over the age of 12 will be allowed to trick-or-treat with a younger sibling, as long as they’re not causing any trouble. The site continues:
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.
Some people argued that teens should be able to celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating.
I would rather have teens trick or treat then cause trouble, and sometimes their out helping a younger sibling, so how dumb is it not to allow 12 and over have candy!
— Bay Area Brat (Teresa) (@Teresa94355558) October 10, 2018
I personally will greet anyone who shows up @ my door for trick or treat w/ candy because I would much rather see them at my house then to see them committing crimes . We must remember that sometimes teens may not get to be kids when they are kids because of diff. situations.
— Elizabeth Vite (@animeangel2014) October 10, 2018
My wife is 36 and she has Asperger’s and a very childlike nature about her. She likes to dress up to hand out candy but she also likes to go around to close friends and neighbors to Trick or Treat. Let the teens be.
— Liam Foley ?☸️ (@LiamFoley1963) October 10, 2018
In Chesapeake, anyone over 12 caught trick-or-treating could face up to a $100 fine or up to six months in jail.
The same rules apply to trick-or-treat activities after 8 p.m.