Virginia town ordinance threatens teen trick-or-treaters with six months in jail

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (WKOW) — A town in Virginia limits the age of trick-or-treaters to 12 and under, and violators can even be charged with a misdemeanor and could be jailed for six months.

On top of that, trick-or-treating after 8 p.m. could land your teen in jail for up to 30 days.

According to hrscene.com, in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia, trick-or-treat hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 for children 12 and under.

Here is the text of the city ordinance:

(a) 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 nor more than $100 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.

(b) If any person shall engage in the activity commonly known as “trick or treat” or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever after 8 p.m., he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $100 or by confinement in jail for not more than 30 days or both.

There is a loophole, however. As hrscene.com reports, if someone over 12 is trick-or-treating with a younger sibling, there won’t be any issues.

Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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