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ILLEGAL to Trick-or-Treat over 12 YEARS OLD?!!!!

Posted by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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DH and DS heard this on the radio... so I looked it up!   It's actually ILLEGAL in some states and cities for children over the age of 12 years to T-O-T!     

How Old is Too Old – Cities Where Trick or Treating Over Age 12 is Illegal

By Bridget Tyler on October 27th, 2010

The last year I went trick or treating, I was thirteen.  If I’d been in a city like Belleville, Illinois, I might have been charged a $100 dollar fine or even given jail time if the police had caught me at it.

Belleville, like a growing handful of American cities, has an ordinance that imposes an age limit on trick or treating.  Mark Eckert, mayor of the town of 35,000, let the push to ban high school aged trick or treating in 2008, arguing that he heard too many complaints from the elderly and singlemothers that the felt intimated by the “six-foot tall kids” that would show up at the their homes on Halloween in costume.

“When I was a kid my father said to me, ‘You’re too damn big to be going trick-or-treating. You’re done,’” Eckhert told ABC News. “When that doesn’t happen, then that’s reason for the city governments to intervene.”

But is it?  Isn’t teaching your teenager how to transition into adulthood gracefully, which includes learning when you’re too old to go out demanding free candy, a parent’s job?  The question is, as a parent, how should you handle transitioning your tween out of the trick or treating habit?  Eckert’s father’s methods seem rather harsh, and new rules tend to inspire new rebellion in teens. Rather than banning teens from trick or treating, consider organizing the teens in your neighborhood to escort younger kids on the candy rounds.  That way, they get all the fun of going out in costume while still taking that necessary step towards adulthood.

Another article at ABC.COM:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=11949703

Bupkie.....

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momofnhimai
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

That is dumb!


katiPeas
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM

How completely idiotic.  if a child over 12 wants to trick or treat WHO THE HELL IS IT HURTING??!!! Laws shoudl be about crimes with VICTIMS. this is the law gone INSANE>

bupkie
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM


Quoting momofnhimai:

That is dumb!

RIGHT?  Shouldn't law enforcement be out making sure everyone is SAFE, than checking to see how OLD everyone is?    

Bupkie.....

*** My philosophy on sharing info is that it's just free info (not advice) so please take it or leave it. If it fits great! If not, leave it on the ground and dance on it for fun!!! :) ***dancing

art.diva
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I have to say that I agree with teens not being allowed to trick-or-treat.  A lot of times it ends up being like the teens at the local playground...no regards for the little ones.

However, I don't think it should be an actual punishable law...just more of a community suggestion.

             

seaglassblu
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

 I have an autistic teenager.  He would be devasted if we didn't take him TOT.  He plans his costume weeks in advance, what city is going to tell him he can't trick or treat?

AngieDawn28
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

 They were talking about this on the radio here yesterday.

I think it is stupid as well. If a 15 year old wants to go through the trouble of getting all dressed up and trick-or-treat...LET THEM!

I do have a problem with high schoolers coming to the door (or anyone for that matter) without a costume on and expecting to get candy.

beerebelly
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM

 Here they are asking anyone in the county over the age of 13 not to participate.

Bennett121
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM
It is the parents job, obviously they aren't doing their job.
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nebraskamomto2
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM

 

Quoting art.diva:

I have to say that I agree with teens not being allowed to trick-or-treat.  A lot of times it ends up being like the teens at the local playground...no regards for the little ones.

However, I don't think it should be an actual punishable law...just more of a community suggestion.

 I agree.  There was a big discussion on this on the radio this morning and they were talking about once kids get to teenage years, they should celebrate with kids their age.   A lot of people called in and found it very annoying that so many older teenagers go trick or treating.  Personally, 12 would probably be when I'd cut my kids off too, and I'd encourage them to have a halloween party or something.

jaylaskye
by on Oct. 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM

I have to agree with it. My sister and I were done at 10 but restarted when our cross country team did it in H.S. I've seen numerous high school students act like complete morons, wearing inappropriate costumes and acting out, sometimes illegally. I'd say it would be okay if they were under supervision but then again, I've seen a lot of crappy parents at the pumpkin patch. 


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