Improper Trick-Or-Treat Rules Is A Misdemeanor In Some Cities

Cities in the Hampton Roads area have some pretty detailed and specific rules for who may - and how to - trick-or-treat.

Hampton Roads, VA – Several Virginia cities have made going trick-or-treating a tricky process after they instituted numerous laws that could result in misdemeanors if costumed, candy-seeking kids ignore them.

In Chesapeake, children 14 years of age and younger may trick-or-treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, WAVY reported.

Chesapeake actually has one of the least restrictive policies since they removed the never-before-used penalty of jail time and raised the age limit to 14 in 2019.

All of the other cities in the region have a maximum 12-year-old limit on going door-to-door asking for candy.

In the City of Hampton, it’s a Class 4 misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 to engage in trick-or-treating, WAVY reported.

And the children may go house-to-house from sunset until 8 p.m.

Trick-or-treaters seeking candy after 8 p.m., however, will be subject to a Class 4 misdemeanor, according to WAVY.

Newport News says it is a misdemeanor for anyone “beyond the seventh grade of school or over 12 years of age” to trick-or-treat, and also threatens a Class 4 misdemeanor for offenders.

It has also attached a criminal penalty to costumed miscreants who ring the doorbell and ask for candy after the witching hour of 8 p.m., WAVY reported.

All of the jurisdictions have exceptions for teenagers and adults who are accompanying small children going door-to-door, but Newport News has specifically banned those people from wearing masks.

In Suffolk, they actually renamed Halloween “Meet & Treat Day,” according WAVY.

Despite the name, the rules are much the same, limiting treat seekers to children 12 and under, and capping door-to-door candy collection at 8 p.m.

Violations of the rules can lead to a Class 4 misdemeanor in Suffolk, too, WAVY reported.

Portsmouth mixes it up by extending trick-or-treat hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

And in Portsmouth, it’s a Class 3 misdemeanor if a person is caught asking for candy after 8 p.m. or if they’re older than 12, WAVY reported.

Williamsburg and James City don’t attach any criminal penalties but have expressed their preferences for witching-night behavior.

Both cities would prefer that trick-or-treaters and their chaperones refrain from using cell phones while walking their route.

They also prefer children’s costumes to consist of face paint rather than vision-constricting masks, and suggest that costumes be covered in reflective tape, according to WAVY.

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beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

And all trick or treaters are subject to a 30% candy tax. Those who don't comply will have their candy confiscated. Fuggin libiots!

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

I was denied the joy of trick or treating as a child and I don't care if the kids are 19; if they're in costume and polite, they will be given candy for their efforts. I'd much rather have older teens trick or treating than getting into mischief.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Who sits around and thinks up this crap? When I was kid we lived in the country and I had never heard of trick or treating until we moved into the city when I was in 5th grade. My older sister (who was 14) walked with us and a woman told her she was to old to be asking for candy. My sister wasn't even asking for candy. I couldn't believe someone would be so mean. This world has gotten crazy and even meaner. FYI to the state of Virginia - here in Texas we turn our porch lights off if we aren't participating or run out of candy.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Before long these cities will make trick or treaters register first and wear a lanyard with a notice from the city stating they have complied with all legal requirements.

Harlan4300
Harlan4300

Hell let's just cancelle Halloween. That's what they actually want to do.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Basically impossible to enforce such ridiculous laws. Not only are they in costume, making it difficult to guess the age of the trick-or-treaters, but kids frequently don't carry IDs with them while doing so.

Of course, if the police actually attempted to enforce these laws, the public outcry would be on them - "He was just a 13-year-old with a pack of skittles!," and not the Fascist public officials responsible for it.

Stanracer
Stanracer

So bizarre!

ikaika
ikaika

What a bunch of jackasses. What will they regulate next? Christmas?

Kjg911
Kjg911

I would rather have teenagers dressed up and trick-or treating than out creating mischief, stuck indoors and playing video games or doing something else.

J.P. DuROCHE
J.P. DuROCHE

What about the ones with Down Syndrome, Autism and the like that are older yet have the mental capacity of a child that want to go trick or treating, are we to say the are Shit out of Luck??