How old is "too old" to go "Trick-or-Treating" ?

Lets put this one up there with Police having to bust little kids "non permitted" Lemonade stands in their front yards.. 

In some towns and cities across the county , kids who are over the age limit ( 12 ) can be fined and put in JAIL simply for being too old to go "Trick-or Treating". 

Wikipedia says: 

Trick-or-treating  is a custom for children and adults in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house-to-house, asking for treats with the phrase "Trick or treat". The "treat" is usually some form of candy, although in some cultures money is used instead. The "trick" refers to a threat, usually idle, to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating usually occurs on the evening of October 31. Some homeowners signal that they are willing to hand out treats by putting up Halloween decorations outside their doors; others simply leave treats available on their porches for the children to take freely.

Today , this tradition has started to be replaced with other means of celebrating, like "Trunk-or Treat" events held in local parking lots where families bring their kids to show costumes and trade treats !

A few specifics for the new 'law" in other states according to ABC7                                               

"In Chesapeake, Virginia, anyone over the age of 12 who is caught trick-or-treating could be sent to jail for up to 6 months and fined.

In Newport, Virginia, kids can trick or treat until 7th 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 p.m. curfews for all.

and in SOUTH JERSEY the curfew is 7 p.m.. Kids in Upper Deerfield Township have also been told 12 is the official cutoff."


Do you still let your kids go trick or treating?

Does your neighborhood even HAVE Trick or Treating anymore?

Share your comments and experiences with us.... 

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