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Too old to trick-or-treat? Decades-old Apex ordinance says so

Posted October 25, 2017 4:38 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

— Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition for many kids, but an Apex ordinance prohibits anyone older than 12 years old from participating.

The ordinance has been in place since 1973, but not many people in the city were aware.

Jennifer Parker has two children, ages 11 and 14. She said she was shocked to learn of the ordinance.

"I'm not sure if many Apex residents would even know about that," she said Wednesday.

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?" Parker said.

Shane McElligott agrees and said it should either be enforced or reconsidered.

"I think that, if it's the law, it should be enforced, and if there's difficulty with the law, it should go back to the legislators," he said.

Parker hopes that, if the town does take another look, they change it.

"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.

The town of Holly Springs passed a similar resolution last week. A spokesperson with the town said these are recommendation, not requirements.