Trick-or-treaters over age 12 could face fine, jail time in one Virginia city

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?

Chesapeake, Virginia has an ordinance that states:

“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.”

But, the city’s website is adamant that it won’t be “actively seeking out” violations on these age limits.

They are simply trying to prevent teens from getting into trouble.  The city says, “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.”

Norfolk is another city in Virginia that has a trick-or-treat code. According to an ordinance, it’s a Class 4 misdemeanor if someone older than 12 is found trick-or-treating.

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  • Andrew Kimbel

    What kind of evil, sadistic, piece of garbage would threaten a child with jail time or a fine (or both) for simply trick-or-treating? There are MUCH worse things they could be doing than collecting candy door to door.

  • Maureen Pawloski

    Really? 12 is too old for candy? You rather they be egging houses, drinking, taking drugs? Please, send them to my house. Teens are our future. Let’s show them how we love them and give them double. They need affirmation and acceptance at that age. God bless our teens for it is they who are our future hope for a better world than what we made.

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