Some adults don’t understand why teens want to trick-or-treat. They say there are plenty of other things for teenagers to do on Halloween, such as throwing costume parties or going to haunted houses. That way, the candy can be left to the younger kids.
At least 10 towns in the U.S. have laws that ban teens from trick-or-treating. One of those towns is Belleville, Illinois. In 2008, after the town’s mayor heard stories of teens banging on doors late at night, he became concerned that these teens might vandalize—or damage—homes and businesses.
Now no one over age 12 can go door-to-door on Halloween. “The point of the law was to make Halloween safe for children,” states Belleville Police Captain Mark Heffernan.