Virginia towns' trick-or-treat laws threaten over-12s with jail-time

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/08/sic-semper.html

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Somebody has way too much free time on their hands.

Sheesh.

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I’m curious what sort of ID will be considered adequate to prove that a person is under 12

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Anyone have some legal knowledge who might be able to explain how these places have laws telling citizens when they can and can’t knock on a neighbors door or walk the public sidewalks? Or perhaps there is a reason there are laws based upon age discrimination on the books?

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Fun Sponge capitol of the World has been found.

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Long form birth certificate?

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So if you’re 16 and you’re taking your 10 year old sibling trick or treating you’re breaking the law twice?

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Brilliant :exclamation:

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As a poster on the linked site notes, such laws are likely to be enforced selectively, against “undesirable” kids, that is, enforced using racial bias.

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They can’t take the chance that some undeserving kid might get candy.

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The law seems like a clumsy (and overreaching) effort to curb the nasty teens who come around later in the evening without costumes, trash stuff and bully people for candy.

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If somebody’s giving out full-size Snickers, I’ll take my chances.

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Well, then, be sure to gear up appropriately.

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No one gives out full size candy bars in this area.

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And under suspicion of pedophilia. And probably downloading episodes of Game of Thrones too!

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Attempts to codify social convention into law are always clumsy and usually get it wrong. Whatever happened to teens wanting to act older and being embarrassed of things for children.

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I feel like this is actually a first amendment issue. Imagine being able to write a children’s book called How the ACLU Saved Halloween.

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Is this where I sheepishly confess that the last time I went trick-or-treating for myself, I was like 24?

My accomplices were a 19 y/o & a 20 y/o, along with a puppy in costume. Thanks to the latter, we got plenty of ‘free’ candy.

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LOL, I believe since you had a puppy along it means the whole party gets to count ages in dog years, so you get a pass :wink:

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