Children over 12 face jail time for trick-or-treating in some towns

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Some towns ban teen trick-or-treating
Some towns ban teen trick-or-treating for kids over a certain age.

Let's start with a big question: How old is too old to trick or treat?

Some cities not only suggest an age, they will send kids over the "legal" limit to jail for dressing up and going door-to-door looking for candy.

In Chesapeake, Virginia, anyone over the age of 12 who is caught trick-or-treating could be sent to jail for up to 6 months and fined.

In Newport News, Virginia, kids can trick or treat until 7th grade or until they turn 12. After that, it's a misdemeanor.

Several North Carolina cities have similar legal restrictions for 12 or 13 year olds, as well as 9 p.m. curfews for all.

Around parts of South Jersey, the curfew is 7 p.m., and kids in Upper Deerfield Township have also been told 12 is the official cutoff.


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