APEX, NC (WRAL) An ordinance in a North Carolina town prohibits anyone older than 12 from going trick-or-treating.
The ordinance in Apex has been in place since 1973, but not many people in the town were aware.
Apex police said that, while it has been on the books for decades, it is not widely enforced. The ordinance also states that all trick-or-treating has to be done by 9 p.m.
“It’s a complete surprise that it has been, but what’s interesting to me is the fact that they don’t enforce it. So, if you have something as a policy but don’t really enforce it, is it really a policy?” said Jennifer Parker, a local mother.
“I mean, what’s great about this place is it’s modernized with the times. It’s really special now because of it. So, I think that policy should change with the times,” she said.
Other residents believe the ordinance should either be enforced or reconsidered.
The town of Holly Springs passed a similar resolution last week. A spokesperson with the town said these are recommendation, not requirements.