It seems cities across the country are trying to make Halloween a safer holiday for everyone.
Lawmakers in Chesapeake, Virginia, are being particularly strict about who can and cannot go trick-or-treating — going so far as to threaten potential jail time for trick-or-treaters over the age of 12.
According to Chesapeake’s city ordinance code, anyone over the age of 12 who participates in trick-or-treating or any similar activity “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 city also states that “an individual trick-or-treating after 8 p.m. will be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by up to a $100.00 fine or jail time of up to 30 days, or both.”
Cities in New Jersey and North Carolina also have curfews and a strongly suggested age limit of 12 years old.
While some might say these rules are too extreme, many people actually do agree with the age restrictions.
Back in 2016, Today even conducted a poll about the issue: “More than 2,000 readers responded to TODAY Parents’ non-scientific poll about kids, their ages, and where they fit in when it comes to hitting up neighbors for candy,” Terri Peters wrote. “And while parents did not agree on an age range when kids are too old for trick-or-treating, 73 percent of those surveyed agree that somewhere between the ages of 12 and 17, kids should call it quits.”
In the video below, see how residents of one New Jersey city are reacting to the suggested curfew and age limit. What do you think about this?
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