Chesapeake, Virginia Locals Over the Age of 12 Could Be Fined or Arrested If Caught Trick-or-Treating This Year
In a bizarre turn of events, kids who don’t abide by these rules (which includes trick-or-treating after 8 p.m.) could be guilty of a misdemeanor, fined anywhere from $25-$100, or confined to jail for up to six months.
October 11, 2018
Just when we thought we couldn’t be more frustrated by the human race, the town of Chesapeake, Virginia has made it a law that children over the age of 12 can’t go trick-or-treating unless they wish to face a fine or possible jail time. (What?!) We wish we were lying, but according to a wtvr.com, there is an ordinance to prove it.
Can you imagine a 13-year-old dressed in a witch costume being handcuffed by the police just for celebrating Halloween the way it’s intended to be? According to the ordinance, “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 statement continues, “If any person shall engage in the activity commonly known as "trick or treat" or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever after 8:00 p.m., he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than 30 days or both.”
Surprise, surprise—we aren't the only ones questioning humanity over this matter.
According to the cityofchesapeake.net, police will not be actively in search of over age trick-or-treaters and more focused on safety. The city’s website reads, “For example, a thirteen year old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues. That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will. Thank you for your help making it a fun night for everyone!”
We offer our saddest apologies to the kids of Chesapeake, Virginia as we sit here scratching our heads over this one.