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. Watch the report from Action News at 430 p.m. on October 9, 2018.

NEW YORK -- How old is too old to trick or treat?

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

Let's start in Chesapeake, Virginia, where anyone over the age of 13 who is caught trick-or-treating can be sent to jail for up to six months -- and fined!

In Newport News, Virginia, kids can trick or treat until seventh 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 9:00 p.m. curfews for all.

In parts of South Jersey, the curfew is 7:00 p.m., with kids in Upper Deerfield Township also being told 12 is the official cut off.

In Yonkers, New York, children ages 11 and younger must be home by 10:00 p.m., while kids ages 12 and 13 can stay out until 10:30 p.m. and those age 14 to 16 until 11:00 p.m.

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