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Should there be an age limit for trick-or-treating?

There are 38 comments on the WTKR story from Oct 22, 2010, titled Should there be an age limit for trick-or-treating?. In it, WTKR reports that:

Teenagers who trick-or-treat in some cities could face something more threatening than any costumed zombie or ghost -- like the long arm of the law.

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Carl

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Oct 25, 2010
How about limiting the age to 90 for Halloween? That would be a hoot.
pop that

Portsmouth, VA

#2 Oct 25, 2010
I stop going treat or treating when i was 9 years old.
p t w n

Portsmouth, VA

#3 Oct 25, 2010
WHO goes trick or treating. thats so old i don't see that many kids going trick or treating that much.

MOST kids be at the mall, or at holloween party's.

ITS so bad i will not want to take my kids out trick or treating.

EVEN if you check the kids candy people can still do something to it.
be safe

Portsmouth, VA

#4 Oct 25, 2010
TO the parents if you take your kids out trick or treating please be careful.

AND to those of you giving out candy to the kids please be careful who you open your door for.
SECTION 8 SUX

Norfolk, VA

#5 Oct 25, 2010
I personally don't care how old they are as long as they are in a costume. What gets me is all the "hood" kids that show up in your neighborhood, like as if we owe them candy and treats. Big hood Momma's pushing strollers with baby's, as if the baby is going to eat that candy. Another example of the taxpayers giving to the scammers.
Pat

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 Oct 25, 2010
well i feel if the big kids are going trick or treating you know what they doing.Rather out messing people stuff up.treat better than trick.Dont make sence to me it was fun for all ages when i was growing up and they wonder why kids do what they do.
whats up

Portsmouth, VA

#7 Oct 25, 2010
I always thought there was a age limit for trick or treating. I think i stop going around the age of 12 or 13 years old.

AND then i started taking my little cousin, BUT they are teens now so they don't go trick or treating no more.

WHATS teen go out trick or treating any way.

but yes i do think it should be an age limit.
be safe

Portsmouth, VA

#8 Oct 25, 2010
I just hope everyone be safe.

TO the parents if you take your kids out treat or treating please be careful.

AND to those of you giving out candy to the kids, please be careful who you open your door for.

so the only thing im worried about is the safety.
for the kids.
AND to those giving out candy.

So please be careful out there.
BE safe.

AND maybe it will help to take a flash light.

just like i said on my other comment above.
kevsgonnafry

United States

#9 Oct 25, 2010
Trick or treating is basically just knocking on a neighbor's door and asking for candy. I believe it is legal for someone, of any age to do this on any other day. Why should Oct 31 be an exception?
Happy halloween

Portsmouth, VA

#10 Oct 25, 2010
I agree with the 2 comments BE SAFE wrote.

I will make sure i do just that.

TO the 2 comments BE SAFE wrote, I like what you said.
Lezzlie

Colonial Heights, VA

#11 Oct 27, 2010
I understand what is going on but I think the age should be raised higher to like 20 years old. Every year there is about thousands of teens going trick-or-treating; going out to get there candy,having fun with their friends. Because of this law there will be so many teens in trouble. Is there a way to work around this? Like only go th houses that you know, if you go to a nonfamiler house don't wear a mask. I'm really thinking about this!!
Spike

Virginia Beach, VA

#12 Oct 27, 2010
SECTION 8 SUX wrote:
I personally don't care how old they are as long as they are in a costume. What gets me is all the "hood" kids that show up in your neighborhood, like as if we owe them candy and treats. Big hood Momma's pushing strollers with baby's, as if the baby is going to eat that candy. Another example of the taxpayers giving to the scammers.
Even though you got some negative marks, I think you are correct. The "kid" that comes up with no costume and a Wal-Mart bag, that they just shove forward, and don't even say trick-or-treat, shouldn't be out there. I was looking yesterday and the age limit in Chesapeake is 12, and believe it or not, violation can be a fine of $25 or 6 months in jail. I just think, like with most things, parents aren't being responsible for their kids and that's why we have discussions like this.
SECTION 8 SUX

Norfolk, VA

#13 Oct 27, 2010
Spike wrote:
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Even though you got some negative marks, I think you are correct. The "kid" that comes up with no costume and a Wal-Mart bag, that they just shove forward, and don't even say trick-or-treat, shouldn't be out there. I was looking yesterday and the age limit in Chesapeake is 12, and believe it or not, violation can be a fine of $25 or 6 months in jail. I just think, like with most things, parents aren't being responsible for their kids and that's why we have discussions like this.
i feel that I am exactly correct, thanks for pointing that out. In my neighborhood the cars are parked all over with people from "other" neighborhoods.
bobbie

Portsmouth, VA

#14 Oct 27, 2010
Lezzlie wrote:
I understand what is going on but I think the age should be raised higher to like 20 years old. Every year there is about thousands of teens going trick-or-treating; going out to get there candy,having fun with their friends. Because of this law there will be so many teens in trouble. Is there a way to work around this? Like only go th houses that you know, if you go to a nonfamiler house don't wear a mask. I'm really thinking about this!!
20 years old for trick or treating, is to old. THE age limit should be 13 and under, Or 12 and under.

but anyway have'ent there always been an age limit.

I thought it was always an age limit.
Astonished

Castries, Saint Lucia

#15 Oct 28, 2010
I cannot believe that any city would have the gumption to create an ordinance with JAIL TIME attached to one's participation in a cultural holiday!

Are you people serious!?!

Most children age out of trick-or-treating through their own social perceptions and feeling "awkward" going out with a bunch of little kids. This generally happens in late-middle school/early high school.

I am so disheartened to read that tax dollars, law enforcement and legislative time have been abused with such ridiculousness.

To those who are scared of the tall teenagers in costume at your door- don't answer it! Ever think of taking initiative to deal with your own issues with out wasting time and money or spoiling others harmless fun?

Wow... this article and most of the comments just make me sad.
Rose

Houston, TX

#16 Oct 28, 2010
We tell our children not to grow up too fast, enjoy being a child for as long as you can, and than they come up with a ridiculous law that says you can't trick or treat after the age of 12. What is the harm in trick or treating for as long as you can? I know I did, well past the age of 12 with my friends and so did my daughters with their friends. It's just an opportunity to use your imagination and get dressed up and act a little silly and hang out with your friends and go get a little candy. Where's the harm?

If your afraid of the big kids just don't open your doors. I would rather of had my over 12 kids trick or treating than going to parties or out doing who knows what.

I just think it's sad someone has nothing better to do with their time than think of outrageous laws like this to pass. I hope other cities, in other states don't start passing such laws. We need to let our kids be kids for as long as possible!!! You don't stop being a kid at 12!!!!
god bless

Portsmouth, VA

#17 Oct 28, 2010
who="Astonished "]I cannot believe that any city would have the gumption to create an ordinance with JAIL TIME attached to one's participation in a cultural holiday!
Are you people serious!?!
Most children age out of trick-or-treating through their own social perceptions and feeling "awkward" going out with a bunch of little kids. This generally happens in late-middle school/early high school.
I am so disheartened to read that tax dollars, law enforcement and legislative time have been abused with such ridiculousness.
To those who are scared of the tall teenagers in costume at your door- don't answer it! Ever think of taking initiative to deal with your own issues with out wasting time and money or spoiling others harmless fun?
Wow... this article and most of the comments just make me sad.
GOD BLESS YOU
the law can do what ever they want to do
Sillyme

Greenville, SC

#18 Oct 28, 2010
My thoughts are if you wear a costume you get candy, I don't care what age you are! Trick or Treat should be about fun, who cares what age you are.
CELL BLOCK 6

Norfolk, VA

#19 Oct 28, 2010
I GOT TRICKED BY A FRENCH MAID ONE TIME & I GRABBED HER BY HER APRON & PULLED HER IN MY HOUSE.WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT
the goods

Portsmouth, VA

#20 Oct 28, 2010
I'M going trick or treating for me some kids. and the candy.

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