• Search

Improper Trick-Or-Treat Rules Is A Misdemeanor In Some Cities

Cities in the Hampton Roads area have some pretty detailed and specific rules for who may - and how to - trick-or-treat.

Hampton Roads, VA – Several Virginia cities have made going trick-or-treating a tricky process after they instituted numerous laws that could result in misdemeanors if costumed, candy-seeking kids ignore them.

In Chesapeake, children 14 years of age and younger may trick-or-treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, WAVY reported.

Chesapeake actually has one of the least restrictive policies since they removed the never-before-used penalty of jail time and raised the age limit to 14 in 2019.

All of the other cities in the region have a maximum 12-year-old limit on going door-to-door asking for candy.

In the City of Hampton, it’s a Class 4 misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 to engage in trick-or-treating, WAVY reported.

And the children may go house-to-house from sunset until 8 p.m.

Trick-or-treaters seeking candy after 8 p.m., however, will be subject to a Class 4 misdemeanor, according to WAVY.

Newport News says it is a misdemeanor for anyone “beyond the seventh grade of school or over 12 years of age” to trick-or-treat, and also threatens a Class 4 misdemeanor for offenders.

It has also attached a criminal penalty to costumed miscreants who ring the doorbell and ask for candy after the witching hour of 8 p.m., WAVY reported.

All of the jurisdictions have exceptions for teenagers and adults who are accompanying small children going door-to-door, but Newport News has specifically banned those people from wearing masks.

In Suffolk, they actually renamed Halloween “Meet & Treat Day,” according WAVY.

Despite the name, the rules are much the same, limiting treat seekers to children 12 and under, and capping door-to-door candy collection at 8 p.m.

Violations of the rules can lead to a Class 4 misdemeanor in Suffolk, too, WAVY reported.

Portsmouth mixes it up by extending trick-or-treat hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

And in Portsmouth, it’s a Class 3 misdemeanor if a person is caught asking for candy after 8 p.m. or if they’re older than 12, WAVY reported.

Williamsburg and James City don’t attach any criminal penalties but have expressed their preferences for witching-night behavior.

Both cities would prefer that trick-or-treaters and their chaperones refrain from using cell phones while walking their route.

They also prefer children’s costumes to consist of face paint rather than vision-constricting masks, and suggest that costumes be covered in reflective tape, according to WAVY.

Sandy Malone - October Fri, 2019

Newsletter

Sign up to our daily newsletter so you don't miss out on the latest events surrounding law enforcement!

Follow Me

Follow us on social media and be sure to mark us as "See First."

Sponsored: