Trick-or-Treaters Over Age 12 Can Face Arrest

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by RedAngie, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

    Dec 15, 2003
    When I was College, my Fraternity took kids from the children's home trick or treating as a community service project. The kids were there for the candy, we had Trick or Treat for UNICEF boxes collecting money for that charity. I was surprised the negative reaction we got about the UNICEF part and by the people who wouldn't give us a penny donation, but insisted we take candy!
  2. amcnj

    amcnj DIS Veteran

    Sep 10, 1999
    I lived for a number of years in a community that limited trick or treating to 6-8 pm. No age limitations, and some high schoolers did go, but most wore costumes and seemed into it. Of course there are also a few that just viewed it as a candy grab. But lest you think that two hour window was too restrictive, I used to get 300- 400 children for a number of years. It fell off as the area aged, but still was always at least 200.
  3. Avatar


  4. OneOftheB's

    OneOftheB's Mouseketeer

    Feb 5, 2015
    In college my sorority would trick or treat for cans. It was a service project for a local food bank and we went to the same (affluent) neighborhoods year after year. You always knew when there was a house that had changed hands because they didn’t have a few cans of whatever sitting out with the bowl of candy.

    I would rather see teens out trick or treating than other far less innocent activities they could be involved with
  5. disykat

    disykat DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2000
    But it's so much more fun to get our panties all in a wad and run around screaming that someone is trying to take away our rights!

    They had a bad incident, they made a law, no more problems so there it sits - ignored after many years. Big deal.
  6. aprilgail

    aprilgail DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 2001
    2 hours is nuts- here kids start as soon as they get home from school- 3:00ish and continue on until about 9:00, unless it is a weekend then they will start as early as noon.- usually by 9:00 I am ready to be done and start giving out handfuls to the kids that come then! I don't care if it is high school kids coming, my daughter and her friends were high school seniors and went trick or treating and no one said a word to them around here.
    jiminyC_fan and mjkacmom like this.
  7. Hikergirl

    Hikergirl DIS Veteran

    Feb 28, 2016
    It is still a ridiculous law no matter when it was put in to effect.
    jiminyC_fan, PollyannaMom and mom2rtk like this.
  8. MrsDuck

    MrsDuck DIS Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    This is so dumb.
    PollyannaMom likes this.
  9. DarthGallifrey

    DarthGallifrey Mouseketeer

    Sep 18, 2018
    This was a thing?! My childhood seems sad and lame now haha :D

    Maybe I will sneak some booze in with the candy I hand out this year.....
    ronandannette likes this.
  10. RangerPooh

    RangerPooh DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2005
    That's just ridiculous.
    DarthGallifrey and PollyannaMom like this.
  11. ShadeDK

    ShadeDK Permanently Staying in Room 237

    Aug 9, 2017
    Sad to say - but there's another (unspoken) reason this type of nonsense exists. Chesapeake is one of the most affluent areas in that part of Virginia. The neighboring areas - not as much. I suspect it's similar to other places around the country, where families (or teens) from lower income areas often go to the wealthier neighborhoods to trick or treat. Some neighborhoods embrace that and make it a party. Others don't. The likely give away here is that 8pm cut-off, since it discourages leaving your own neighborhood to travel somewhere else and lose time going house to house.
  12. Cannot_Wait_4Disney

    Cannot_Wait_4Disney Ok all you A cattle, get in ...

    May 18, 2005
    Stay tuned for scenes from the next Chesapeake Five-0.

    How old are you kid?
    Do you have ID?
    Of course not, I'm 12.
    You don't look 12.
    I was always big for my age.
    Wait a minute. My son is 14 and you're in his class.
    I skipped 2 grades because I'm smart.

    I'm running you in kid. You're one of those evil 13 year olds dressing up and asking for Candy. Book em Dano. Trick or Treating 1.
  13. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001

    Next thing you know kids over 12 will be shot for trick or treating.
    PollyannaMom likes this.
  14. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

    Aug 31, 1999
    Really? I had not realized that about Chesapeake, VA. Considering the law was enacted in 1967, I wonder if that was the case then.
  15. firefly_ris

    firefly_ris DIS Veteran

    Nov 25, 2015
    I did get kind of annoyed last year, there were several times when my kids got pushed out of the way or overrun when approaching front porches by groups of obnoxious teenagers. Some of them think they are too cool for school and are walking down the street yelling expletives at each other in addition to that. Not really something I was a big fan of for my 3 little kids. And I'm not usually in the mood to try to parent someone else's unattended kids (they usually completely ignore me anyway because I'm small and look younger). If they were all respectful I wouldn't care if they were 20. Just don't act like little a...'s.
  16. SG131

    SG131 DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2017
    Our area has always been 2 hrs even when I was a kid. We also were always on a Friday whether or not it was actually Halloween. Some other nearby cities did do it on Halloween it varied with each municipality. It didn’t seem strange to us cause that’s how it always was though in high school I had a friend from New York and our rules baffled her. No age limit though.
  17. Imzadi

    Imzadi ♥ Saved by an angel in a trench coat!

    Oct 29, 2004
    :scratchin I have to wonder if the law exists as a way to have stronger punishments for vandalism, looting, stealing, defacing/egging someone's property. The police probably don't generally don't act on it or check children's ages if they are acting lawfully, but when a kid does break one of the laws above, the courts can give them more than a juvenile slap on the wrists, in which they will just be back doing the same stuff the following year. South Jersey was mentioned as one of the places that has these laws. There is a LOT of violence, crime and I think gang related crime in Trenton, NJ and the nearby vicinities.

    IF the law was enacted in Chesapeake, VA because they didn't want "neighboring kids" from lower income neighborhoods coming into their neighborhood, 1967 was during the height of the civil rights era and a lot of cracking down by authorities. It might have been a way to help the police make sure certain groups of people stay in their own neighborhoods. . . :rolleyes1 :sad2:
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
  18. DLgal

    DLgal DIS Veteran

    Feb 12, 2013
    Kids with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities are often "younger than their age" mentally. For example, my 12 year old autistic son is more like a 6 year old in terms of his interests and social skills. My 14 year old is still very much a little boy...he hasn't gone through puberty yet, still sleeps with stuffed dogs, plays with much younger kids, etc.

    They will be trick or treating, under our supervision, for probably several more years.
    BLAZEY, jiminyC_fan and PollyannaMom like this.
  19. tzolkin

    tzolkin DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2008
    My brother convinced a few friends to dress up and trick-or-treat freshman year. They were living at a seminary (planning to become priests). When they got back, the head priest was yelling at them— “don’t you know it’s illegal to trick-or-treat here if you’re over 16?! Imagine the headlines, “Future Catholic priests arrested for trick-or-treating”

    Fortunately we have never had any issues here. We get a few hundred kids in our neighborhood and the teens are always extremely respectful and usually more polite than the little kids.
    TheFloatingBear and sailorstitch like this.
  20. luvbwv

    luvbwv Half of my heart is in heaven.

    Nov 10, 2015
    I know what you mean about kids with disabilities. We have a family friend that loves to ToT, he is physically in his late 40's but mentally around 6 or 7. I am sure there are many others with similar situations, I hope they would make exceptions in those cases.
  21. Professor_Cookie

    Professor_Cookie Mouseketeer

    Sep 16, 2018
    I remember being told to go away and that I was too old to trick or treat when I was 11 by a very nice lady. I was six feet tall then.
    TheFloatingBear likes this.

Share This Page