Age Limit To Trick Or Treat In Illinois?
It's almost Halloween, and sadly it seems like more and more states, cities, and towns are cracking down on age limits for trick or treating, which to me seems dumb. If a teen would rather dress up with their younger siblings, or with friends to get some candy is it really a bad thing? They could be doing a lot worse.
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Very strict trick-or-treat laws in other states.
- In Chesapeake, Virginia a fine can be given to anyone over the age of 12 trick-or-treating", according to their laws.
- Some states go as far as charging $250!
- In parts of New Jersey, the cut-off age is 12 years old.
- Charleston, South Carolina has its cut-off at 16 years old.
Trick Or Treat Rules
Sadly Parts Of Illinois do have age limits. Multiple sources state,
The law in Belleville, Illinois, where it's actually called Halloween Solicitation, forbids children over age 12 from wearing a mask, and those in 9th grade or above can't "appear on the streets, highways, public homes, private homes, or public places in the city to make trick-or-treat visitations."
The state as a whole does not have an age limit, but Belleville, Illinois, and some suburbs do.
Personally, I believe cut-off ages are dumb and unfair. I'd rather give a kit-kat to a young teen than have them go out and egg a house, or drive under the influence. Kids want to look cool, so if we make them feel lame for getting candy... they will go do other things that are much less family-friendly.
LET THE TEENS GET THEIR TREATS!