Halloween is a lot like Christmas. The older you get, the more the holiday feels like it’s about making sure that kids can reap the physical benefits like lots gifts and candy, as the adults settle for embracing the holiday’s spirit instead of participating in the actual festivities. While most people just let that process happen naturally, the local government in Chesapeake, Virginia has decided to ensure childhoods aren’t being overextended by threatening to jail any child caught trick-or-treating over the age of 12.
It’s hard to say why the town can’t just let the adults decide whether a 13-year-old is too old to get candy from them. But interestingly, this rule has been in place for years, and any bored adult who catches kids over 12 trick-or-treating can legitimately call the police and stick the kid with a $25 to $100 citation or a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.
“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 ordinance reads.
Imagine going to jail for Trick or Treating
If there was ever an example of overkill, this is it. Moreover, the town has also instituted a Halloween curfew of 8 PM, so any kid caught trick-or-treating after that time can be subject to the same punishment.