How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA –   Halloween is all about the candy, the costumes and of course, the treats.

But there really isn't any Emily Post tips or guide to proper trick or treating etiquette.

Some may think Halloween is mostly meant for the kids, but what if someone my age knocked on your door tonight? How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

“There is no law in Muscogee County or in the state of Georgia that shows how old you can be to trick-or-treat,” Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr says.

Jennifer Whitney says she also doesn't discriminate against age when trick-or-treaters knock on her door.

“You're brave, you came out in a costume, you say trick or treat, you get candy. I don't think there is a cut off age, but it's nice to have a little sibling to have an excuse,” Whitney says.

Other parents and homeowners say it's okay for teens to trick-or-treat, as long as they are staying out of trouble.

“You need to make it as safe as possible, don't go out there and do something silly, some kind of prank and next thing you know it's more serious than you thought and you end of getting in trouble,” Darr says.

But unlike in Muscogee County, if you're trick-or-treating at Fort Benning, age matters. Officials there say only children under the age of 13 are allowed out tonight.

And some of our viewers agree. Laura on Facebook says, “Once you hit middle school age 11 you should be done.”

While there is no law against teens or adults trick-or-treating tonight, there is one Halloween rule.

“There is a law that basically you can't keep your face covered with a mask or a hood or anything like that so anyone out here on Halloween tonight needs to make sure they are adhering to that rule,” Darr says.

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is requiring all registered sex offenders on parole or probation to report to their probation office during trick or treat hours.   

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