Many cities ban teenagers from ‘trick or treating’

October 25th, 2010 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Illinois, Oct 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Some cities in the United States believe that teenagers “are too big” to be going trick-or-treating in their cities. Or at least that is what the Mayor of Belleville, Illinois - Mark Eckert believes.

Trick-or-treating by teenagers has been banned in Belleville since 2008 and Eckert told the Washington Post that it was important to ban the age-long tradition because of what his father said to him. He said “When I was a kid my father said to me, ‘You’re too big to be going trick-or-treating. You’re done. When that doesn’t happen, then that’s reason for the city governments to intervene.”

However that does not seem to be the reason why other cities want to follow suit. Cities like, Meridian, Bishopville, SC, Mississippi, and Boonsboro, MD have all banned the practice in teenagers. They cite safety to particularly the aged as the reason for the ban.

City officials enforced the ban after some elderly people and other vulnerable people asked for the tradition to be restricted to people less than 13 years.

With the number of cities banning teenagers from practicing the trick-or-treating increasing, it is just a matter of time that this also becomes one of the major issues in the United States politics.

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