Should Junction Enact Trick-Or-Treat Laws?
Many cities across the country have laws on the book limiting Halloween trick-or-treating. Should Grand Junction?
I hadn't heard of such a thing until I got to researching the topic. It appears to be a fairly common practice. Cites both large and small, from east to west, have various laws on the books limiting who, and when, one can go trick-or-treating.
The City of Charleston, South Carolina says..."No one over the age of 16 can trick-or-treat, or wear a mask while walking around in a public place. Also, all trick-or-treating must stop by 10 p.m."
In the City of Apex, North Carolina the law reads..."No person over 12 years of age shall engage in the practice of “trick or treating” at any time. No Halloween “trick or treating” shall be carried on after the hour of 9:00 p.m."
The City of Norfolk, Virginia is a bit more formal and detailed with their Halloween laws..."If any person over the age of twelve (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 shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting any parent, guardian or other responsible people, having lawfully in his custody a child twelve (12) years old or younger, from accompanying such child who is playing "trick or treat" for the purpose of caring for, looking after or protecting such child. If any person shall engage in the activity commonly known as "trick or treat" or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever after 8:00 p.m., he shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor."
Is this something that Grand Junction, or perhaps other cites in the Grand Valley, should look at or is this just local government, much like the federal, trying to control more of their citizens lives? I lean towards the latter. I get that this is all the name of "safety" but I recall going for years myself as a kid and later in life taking my son, and never...ever having an issue. In the words of Pink Floyd..."Hey, teacher (or city council member) leave us kids alone."