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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?

Chesapeake, Virginia has an ordinance that 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.”

But the city’s website is adamant that it won’t be “actively seeking out” violations on these age limits.

It is trying to prevent teens from getting into trouble.

“For example, a 13-year-old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues,” the city said. “That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will.”

Norfolk is another city in Virginia that has a trick-or-treat code. According to an ordinance, it’s a Class 4 misdemeanor if someone older than 12 is found trick-or-treating.