No Trick-or-Treat for Teens in Waynesboro

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

Halloween is a holiday made for little kids, but according to Cpl. James Thomas, trick-or-treating isn't for teens in Waynesboro.

"In the city of Waynesboro, due to curfew laws, only kids 12 and under can trick-or-treat," says Thomas.

He says the law is intended to keep the little ones safe by focusing Halloween more on the treats than the tricks.

"The older kids get out there and have a bigger potential of getting into trouble, and therefore we are trying to keep the younger kids safe while they enjoy the holiday season," says Thomas.

Breaking the curfew law is a class one misdemeanor. Police say they also receive several vandalism reports every year.

However, police do want teens to enjoy the holiday. Dressing up and going to Halloween parties is permitted.

Even though they're a little more independent, police say parents need to protect teens as well, by knowing where they're going, who they're with and keeping in touch.

"In the day and age of cell phones, do cell phone checks constantly," says Thomas.

Waynesboro is not alone in the teen trick-or-treating ban. Several cities across Virginia have adopted similar laws.

However, teens are allowed to trick-or-treat in both Staunton and Augusta County.


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