The holiday is not so sweet for trick-or-treaters 13 and older in some U.S. cities and towns
In some cities and small towns across the country, Halloween is a sweet holiday meant only for those under the age of 13.
That’s because teens face legal consequences if they trick-or-treat in such places as Chesapeake, Virginia; Jacksonville, Illinois; and Rayne, Louisiana, according to NPR.
In Chesapeake, kids over the age of 14 who trick-or-treat could be found guilty of a misdemeanor. Meanwhile, in nearby Portsmouth, a similar law is on the books to create an “age-appropriate atmosphere” in the city of about 100,000 residents, a police spokesman told The Washington Post.
“Older teenagers or adults trick-or-treating may unintentionally intimidate younger children, leading to a less enjoyable experience for the younger ones,” the spokesman said. “By having an age limit, the guidelines aim to create a more age-appropriate atmosphere.”
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Trick-or-treaters in Taft, the tiny South Texas town just north of Corpus Christi, can only eat candy until 8:30 p.m. local time on Halloween.
And in Rayne, trick-or-treaters can only indulge in the fun between the hours of 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Even New York State has placed limits on kids enjoying the rite of passage. According to the state’s website, children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating.
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