If you happen to live in Chesapeake, Virginia, you may want to make sure your child is of the right age to trick-or-treat or they could end up behind bars. According to a Facebook post that has gone viral, any child older than 12 years of age could be either fined or thrown in jail for collecting candy on Halloween night.
The warning, that seems very strict, reads: “Trick or treat hours will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 31 for children 12 and under. 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.” — ouch!
As strict as it may seem, it isn’t something unheard of — last year, a town in Canada banned anyone over the age of 16 from going trick-or-treating. Hopefully, this isn’t going to become a trend in other places too, the thought of a fun Halloween night ending in an arrest is far scarier than a haunted house — eek!