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N.J. Town Bans Trick-Or-Treating By Anyone Older Than 12

UPPER DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Theres 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 are forbidden by their town to trick-or-treat after the age of 12.

Thats what happening in Upper Deerfield Township. The Cumberland County, New Jersey community is joining others across the country that are putting restrictions on who can go door-to-door on the spookiest day of the year. In Chesapeake, Virginia, for example, 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 CBS2s 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 wouldnt 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 shouldnt just be limited to little kids. Its 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.

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