Children Over 12 Face Jail Time, Fines For Trick Or Treating?

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We heard about this last year around Halloween. A town in Virginia has an actual ordinance that says if you’re over 12 you can’t go trick or treating. If you’re caught then you could face 100 dollar fine and even 6 months in jail. But other towns followed suit and placed their own ordinances…

Wait what?

So apparently after 12 you can’t really enjoy Halloween anymore in certain places. I mean who came up with these laws, probably some bitter old person who always either hated Halloween, trick or treating, or just children in general.

Whatever the case may be we think it’s totally wrong for something like this to take place. I say if children are with an adult it shouldn’t be a problem. We can also understand that older kids tend to want to do other things besides trick or treat on Halloween night.

But why take away the fun for everyone with a ridiculous law like this one? There’s way too much stuff going on in the world. Why not children actually enjoy their childhood and stop making them grow up so dang fast.

What are your thoughts on this?

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19 thoughts on “Children Over 12 Face Jail Time, Fines For Trick Or Treating?”

  1. Marge says:

    Crazy. Let them be kids for as long as they can.

  2. Nina says:

    My THOUGHTS!!! Seriously that LAW is a CRIME, who would do that??? They are still children getting Free candy..what parent doesn’t look thru their kids bag of free candy and enjoy some too. Is there vandalism problems there? No other Crimes to worry about??? Sad.

  3. Durinda Abercrombie says:

    how dumb is that!! at least the older kids are enjoying theirselves and staying out of trouble!!

  4. Shirley Ehly says:

    Children Over 12 Face Jail Time, Fines For Trick Or Treating response: I did not realize the Southern States are still so backwards in their thinking. I would never live in the South let alone vacation there. How awful for children to be treated in such a manner. Sounds like nothing but Halloween Grinch’s live there. Ignorant people maybe? Which will raise more ignorant adults.

    1. Jennifer says:

      Good thing Virginia isn’t the south… SMH ‍♀️

    2. Sean says:

      Wow, you make it sound like everyone south of the Mason-Dixon are a bunch a backwoods rednecks that have no life. You clearly have no clue about what you’re talking about. All I can say is, we don’t want your type down here with your condescending attitude. BTW, I’m originally from California but living in Virginia and Halloween is welcomed at my house by anyone that wants to have fun with their family and friends.

    3. Kittina Young says:

      Aren’t there other more important things to worry about? Who’s in charge of making these ‘laws’?

    4. Shay says:

      Dont group people as ignorant just because they’re from the south. That makes you ignorant for doing so.

  5. Dan M says:

    too young to drink, too old to trick or treat. all that’s left is to try summoning elder demons and creepy pasta monsters via oija board.

  6. Jeffrey A Mathis says:

    Kids of all ages should be able to enjoy Halloween! Heck I even get out pie slices to the adults when they stop by. Stop with the stupid laws and get a life all you people who think up ridiculous stuff like this!

  7. Linda says:

    DAMNED SCROOGES

  8. Sherry says:

    Let kids be kids stop being retarded. Would you rather them be out making trouble hurting people animals whatever. Stop trying to lead people’s lives

  9. Jessica says:

    5hos os uttwr BULL$H!+ ! My son is 11 and SN. Hell go trivk or treating until he dont want to. I LOVE Halloween and its passed down to my kids. My oldest went out till je was 19 and when be no ed out he still came and gor his brother to go out trick and treating(i was pregnant and on bedrest to go out) let kifs be kids and so what kids do have fun!

  10. Grant says:

    Wow, great idea. Eliminate Christmas presents from anyone over 12 next and then do away with Easter candy as well. My next suggestion is to make kids over 12 mandatory have to find a part time job. Children having fun and being imaginative is something that should be eliminated. As soon as a kid is over 12, they should face the harsh reality of hard work, no fun, and no innocence. All kidding aside, this sounds like parents are trying to make ids miserable sad adults.

  11. Barbara Cronk says:

    This is beyond ridiculous in those certain townships…I saw a remark about the entire South being ignorant on this subject — NOT TRUE — there might be certain towns or villages that are doing this – but it is NOT the norm here in the South! We love our kids just as much as anyone else does…and enjoy seeing ALL kids (and some adults) going trick or treating.

  12. Lanea says:

    My thoughts is its ridiculous, with everything going on in this world if they r 12 and older and all they want to do for Halloween is trick or treat. Let them.. let kids be kids. Stop forcing them to grow up so fast. At least they arent out vandalising, stealing, robbing, or doing drugs and drinking. Halloween is a national holiday for all ages . Let them babies trick or treat.

  13. Melissa A. Smith says:

    What about Special needs kids? They may be 12 Chronologically but the mental age of the child is another Matter. If these children are not causing trouble, let them get their candy it is only one night a year!

  14. Aithys says:

    Notice only those of a pedophile nature are in support of this law.
    Keep em young so they can be fooled easily, and can’t fight back easily either.
    No wonder why they want this law to pass. Its Virginia. Of course those child rapists want this law to pass.

  15. Susan says:

    I feel this isn’t right, 12 years old,? Let kids be kids for as long as they can. I raise a grandson who is 14, he is still a fun loving kid and not a trouble maker. If children are causing trouble then ok but that can be any age. We have trunk trick or treating in our small town, a bunch of people go to a church parking lot and kids go from car to car and are given treats out of there trunks. If you don’t want teens at your home, what about this? It is more controlled. Please don’t make kids grow up any faster than they already are.

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