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.

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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.

The cities of Newport News and Norfolk are also imposing strict limits on Halloween activities.

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.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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