With Halloween just around the corner the age old question of 'how old is too old?' to trick or treat is being hotly debated on social media. There are those who feel that trick or treating is simply for those who haven't hit their teens yet, while others who are simply happy that there are kids out there who still want to be kids. After all, if a teenager is willing to don a costume (or even a poor attempt at one) in the hopes of gathering some Reese peanut butter cups and a few Snickers bars, shouldn't they be allowed to without being told they're 'too old'? Not if you live in Chesapeake, Virginia.
While the rule has apparently been in place for years, a recent screenshot of the Chesapeake local government ordinance was recently posted to Facebook where it quickly went viral for threatening jail time for those who trick or treat over the age of 12!
“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,” the post reads!
That means if a 13 year old who just wants their candy fix on Halloween happens to ring the wrong doorbell, they could be threatened with not just a fine, but jail time! Not only does Chesapeake have strict rules about how old you can be to trick or treat, they also only allow kids to go door-to-door between the hours of 6 and 8 pm. This means the families who may start trick or treating a bit earlier due to having younger kids can get in as much trouble as those kids who are over the age of 12! Who knew that one night a year could cause so much trouble?
Chesapeake isn't the first town to come under fire for their ridiculous age limits on being a kid and enjoying Halloween. Just last year Bathurst, New Brunswick became famous for implementing a law stating that kids over the age of 16 would not be allowed to trick or treat, prompting outrage from people everywhere who understand that Halloween is for kids, and that you shouldn't put an age limit on it.
There are many who will argue that teenagers shouldn't be trick or treating on Halloween because they're too old, and that they rarely wear costumes and are simply in it for the candy. Others argue that kids, especially these days, are forced to grow up far too quickly so if they want to go out on Halloween, not only should we let them, but we should encourage them to do so. Halloween is one night a year, shouldn't kids of all ages be able to enjoy it?