September is almost coming to a close and that means it’s time to fully get into the fall spirit. Whether it’s carving pumpkins, planning costumes, or making arrangements for your kids’ big night out trick-or-treating.
One New Brunswick city is looking to change things up though. The city of Bathurst in Canada is currently making changes to a bylaw that would forbid anyone older than 16 from trick-or-treating. The update is expected to pass third reading in early October. In addition, the trick-or-treating curfew will be extended from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Councillor Kim Chamberlain said in an interview, “At least we made some changes to accommodate parents who are working later so they at least have time to feed their children and dress them up before they go trick-or-treating.” Chamberlain actually wanted to kill the changes to the bylaw stating, “Some kids are tall. My cousin’s son is 5-4 and 15 years old. What are we going to do, go up to him and ask him ‘How old are you’ and ‘Show me your ID? That doesn’t make sense.”
Residents in favor of the ban say older teenagers are “troublemakers” and they could steal candy from little kids, but Chamberlain says those are incidents that should then be handled by parents and police, if necessary.