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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 7:02 pm

Halloween is right around the corner, which brings the yearly debate between teenagers and adults alike of what age should people stop trick-or-treating, even though every person has a right to partake in the fun if they please.

Although there is technically no age limit to the Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating, many believe kids over a certain age should not partake in the festivities. Some states have gone as far as implementing laws to keep kids over a certain age from trick-or-treating. 

For nine towns located in the state of Virginia, it is a law that any person over the age of 12 or found out past 8 p.m. trick-or-treating can be found guilty of a misdemeanor. Other states such as Maryland and South Carolina have also implemented similar rules in the past.

However, a post from Budget 101 went viral on Facebook in 2017, arguing that everyone, regardless of age, should be allowed to trick or treat on Halloween.

“For those passing out candy this year, can you please take into consideration giving candy to teenagers and not shaming them for trick-or-treating by saying ‘aren’t you too old to be doing this?’” stated the post. 

According to a 2016 poll from 'Today,'  73 percent of more than 2,000 respondents said kids should stop trick-or-treating between the ages of 12 and 17. 

While many believe that kids shouldn’t be allowed to once they reach their teenage years, it can keep many from getting into other trouble on Halloween night.

“Just take a second to think… would you rather them be out drinking and driving putting not only their life in danger but possibly you and/or your child’s life in danger?” one comment from the Budget 101 viral post read. “Or would you rather them be knocking on your door getting candy?”

The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not currently have any age-regulating laws against trick-or-treaters.