Upper Deerfield County Joins Other Communities Across The Country Considering Restrictions On Who Can Go Door-To-Door On Halloween

UPPER DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There’s nothing like the excited faces of little ones who just got their Halloween costumes.

Now, imagine them growing up a bit and then being told they really shouldn’t be trick-or-treating after the age of 12.

That’s what happening in Upper Deerfield Township. The Cumberland County, New Jersey community is joining others across the country that are mulling restrictions on who can go door-to-door on the spookiest day of the year. It’s not as radical an approach as what has been decided in Chesapeake, Virginia, for example, where anyone over the age of 12 caught trick-or-treating can be sent to jail for up to six months.

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Most people CBS2’s Meg Baker spoke to on Thursday were against the idea of putting restrictions on who can get free candy.

“I would love to go trick-or-treating if people wouldn’t think it was weird for adults to do it,” one woman told Baker. “Like, they could make a day or time for adults to go trick-or-treating. I mean, it shouldn’t just be limited to little kids. It’s a fun day, magical.”

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Some towns in southern New Jersey have 7 p.m. curfews. Others leave it to the discretion of parents, especially on a school night.