In Chesapeake, Virginia, a city ordinance could result in anyone over 12 caught trick-or-treating finding themselves behind bars.
The code places an age limit on who can “engage in the activity commonly known as ‘trick-or-treat,” and violators “shall be guilty of a misdemeanor,” Fox News reported.
Those out past 8 p.m. on Halloween could also face a similar fine or jail sentence.
Chesapeake’s city code, Section 46-8, states:
“If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as ‘trick or treat’ or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”
Comedian Katherine Timpf admitted that she trick or treated through high school.
“I just wanted to continue to be a child as long as possible and certainly past the age of 13,” she told Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld. “When you’re 13, you are still a kid and going out with friends and getting candy is a fun thing.”
Timpf went on to say that she couldn’t image the Founding Fathers getting caught up in such trivial matters.
“We’ve complete lost our minds!” she added.
Political commentator Dave Rubin chimed in to voice his disagreement with the city, albeit in a bleep-worthy manner.
“They want to suck the fun out of everything,” Rubin added. “They want us to be a miserable as they are.”
Amid the push back, the city released a statement saying the ordinance is generally not enforced.
“The City of Chesapeake’s Ordinance related to trick or treating on Halloween is more than 45 years old,” the release said, according to CBS affiliate WTKR. “In that time, no one has been arrested or charged with any crime under this Ordinance.
“Chesapeake Police officers will not impede persons who are clearly over the age of 12 from trick or treating, provided that they are doing so in an otherwise lawful, safe, and secure manner.”
The city did say that “if a teenager were found to be stealing pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street, that would be a different matter and action would be taken.”
Gutfeld closed the segment out with a positive on getting arrested on Halloween that may or may not involve colleague Tucker Carlson.
“It’s great when people get arrested on Halloween because they get their mug shot in the costume,” he said.
Gutfeld proceeds to tell the story of a buddy who got arrested on Halloween who was dressed up as a convict, complete with a plastic ball and chain.
And while he was careful not to name his buddy who caught hell in jail for the getup, Rubin coughed under his breath, “Tucker Carlson.”
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