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

Virginia town among those with laws setting age maximum

Chris Miller
October 11, 2018 - 1:17 pm

A Virginia city has a law that says anyone older than 12 who goes trick-or-treating is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to a hundred dollars of half a year in jail.

The town of Chesapeake notes it's police force isn't out looking for overage violators, and says "a thirteen year old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues."

The city's web site also notes that "same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will."

Meanwhile, a year-old Facebook post is reappearing as people share it anew this Halloween season, urging people not to be too judgmental about the age of whoever shows up at your door asking for candy.

"Would you rather them be out drinking and driving putting not only their life in danger but possibly you and/or your child's life in danger?" the post from Budget101 asks. 

The post also points out that the person you think is "too big" for trick-or-treating could very well have a developmental disorder that makes trick-or-treating perfectly age-appropriate for them.

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