There’s nothing more iconic this time of year than little kids going from house to house trick-or-treating on Halloween. But Halloween in Chesapeake, Virginia is reportedly a bit different, because trick-or-treating is strictly for the under 13 set. Seriously: trick-or-treating for kids 13 and older is actually against the law.
A now-viral Facebook post shows a section of Chesapeake’s city code, stating that anyone over the age of 12 who trick-or-treats (or engages in “any other activity of similar character”) is subject to a fine that ranges from $25 to $100 and jail time. Um, jail time? The Chesapeake Police Department did not immediately reply to Red Tricycle’s request for comment.
So is this for real? The city of Chesapeake does have age-related rules governing who can and can’t trick-or-treat on Halloween night. According to the City of Chesapeake’s website, “Trick or treating is open to children up to 12 years old.” The City’s site also adds, “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. For example, a thirteen year old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any problems.”
The police statement does include a caution about teens trick-or-treating, “That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will.” Hmm.
Helping out mom and dad by taking younger bro or sis out for a candy-filled night? That’s a thumbs up. Playing an over-sized pumpkin ping-pong game in the middle of the neighborhood? That’s probably a major no-no.
But really…is jail time the right message to send to teens who just want to fill their pillowcases with some free candy?
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