Apex law bans trick-or-treaters over 12

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: The Abrahms family of Fort Greene, Brooklyn "trick or treat" as Brooklyn residents participate in Halloween activities on October 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Are you over the age of 12 and want to go trick or treating in Apex?

Technically, you’d be breaking the law.

The Town has a pesky ordinance that clearly says that is a no-no.

Sec. 14-18. – Halloween restrictions.
(a) No person over 12 years of age shall engage in the practice of “trick or treating” at any time.

(b) No Halloween “trick or treating” shall be carried on after the hour of 9:00 p.m.

(Code 1973, § 13-17)

Of course, Capt. Ann Stephens of the Apex Police Department said officers have historically taken a relaxed approach to the rule.

“The ordinance has been on the books since 1973, and they’ve never enforced the age ordinance,” she said.

If there’s a complaint, officers will go and investigate, she said.

“Sometimes, it is a little funny when you get college kids knocking on your door for candy,” said Alexis Jenssen of Apex. “I think let them trick or treat, let them be part of the community.”

Not only can you not be a teenager and trick or treat but you had better put that candy bag away after 9 p.m., too.

Not to be left out, Holly Springs has some Halloween restrictions for you.

resolution effective Oct. 17 suggests only children under the age of 13 can trick or treat. Holly Springs has a little more flexibility for you teenagers wanting to collect free candy though.

If you’re over 13 and want to trick or treat, just don’t wear a mask.

Holly Springs cites safety concerns are behind their restrictive suggestions.

Here’s a look at Holly Springs’ Halloween rules:

  • That Halloween trick-or-treating should take place on the actual Halloween holiday, Oct. 31, and should be restricted to children under the age of 13.
  • That all children taking part in trick-or-treating should be clothed in safe costumes, featuring materials that can be seen in the dark by motorists and masks that do not obstruct the children’s vision.
  • That each child or group of children taking part in trick-or-treating should be accompanied by a responsible older person who can protect the children from harm.
  • That trick-or-treating be conducted during reasonable hours, preferably between early evening and 9 p.m.
  • That those who choose not to participate in Halloween indicate so to others by leaving their porch lights off; and, that participants respect the wishes of those who choose not to participate in Halloween by not visiting homes where porch lights are off.
  • That children trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods, visiting only familiar homes.
  • That parents and/or guardians inspect collected treats carefully before they are consumed by children.
  • That suspicious activities or collected treats that show signs of tampering be reported immediately to the Holly Springs Police Department.
  • That teenagers (ages 13 to 19) refrain from participating in trick-or-treating and that those who do, should not wear masks.

Apex police said their ordinance has been on the books since the 1970s and it only enforced if they receive complaints.

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