Cities Placing Age Limits on Trick-or-Treating

October 25, 2010

Teens who trick-or-treat in some cities could face something more terrifying than any zombie or chainsaw-wielding murderer: the law!

In a move to keep the trick out of the treat, cities across the country have adopted age limits, usually around 12, for those who can travel door-to-door in search of candy and other All Hallows' Eve fare.

Violators could face months in jail or fines up to $100.

Belleville, Illinois Mayor Mark Eckert pushed his city to ban teenage trick-or-treating two years ago after residents said they were intimidated by older kids in masks.

In Virginia, several cities have had trick-or-treating age limits on the books since the 1970s.

Still, officials say they rarely arrest or fine teens for trick-or-treating.


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