The city of Chesapeake, Virginia went viral last year for banning trick-or-treaters over 13 and even threatened jail time for it. This time they raised the age to 14, but they still are trying to force people to only trick-or-treat in their city from 6-8. That means any kids who get home late from a school activity or sport, who then eat dinner, and get outside by 7 (if they're lucky) can only squeeze a very short time in for the Halloween adventures.
The city relaxed on the jail part this year after they went viral and, what was probably the entire planet telling them how stupid this idea was, but they also gave an excuse for the ridiculous curfew. Oh, it's to prevent kids from smashing pumpkins.
Yeah, that's not a very good excuse. This is someone making rules who shouldn't be making rules. This is someone who hates Halloween or had their $3 pumpkin smashed.
While it's no fun to clean up, there will always be at least one teenager who thinks it's funny to smash a pumpkin in the street. At least they're not filling it with explosives and keeping the neighborhood up all night. Granted, stealing a pumpkin and smashing it isn't very nice, but I expect to see at least a few per year per the norm.
If you think setting a rule or law like this is cool, then think again. The town also said they're not really planning on enforcing it. Ok, so then why try to dictate and ruin kid's Halloween?
Let it go. Get rid of the silly rules. Let parents decide what time their kid should come in.
You know, back in the day we had some darn sense and we were always done by 8-9 anyway. We didn't need some mouth breather in tight pants telling our parents what time to make us come home.
Seriously, who from their city even thought it was a good idea to post this?
As seen on their township website...
- If you are giving out treats, turn on your porch/exterior lights.
- Remove any objects in your yard that might be a hazard.
- Drive slowly during the evening and watch for children.
- Make sure your child can navigate safely. Long costumes and masks can make navigating streets and yards difficult.
- The hours for trick or treating are 6-8 p.m.
- Trick or treating is open to children up to 14 years old.
Chesapeake Police staff will focus on making sure the evening is safe for everyone, not actively seeking out violations of the time or age limits. For example, a 15 year old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues. That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will. The City’s trick-or-treat ordinance was updated in 2019 when City Council voted to remove the (never before used) penalty of jail time and to raise the age limit to 14, making it one of the least restrictive ordinances in all of Hampton Roads.
Thank you for your help making it a fun night for everyone!