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It ain't easy being 13 in Virginia. Halloween is so scary in 9 of the state's towns and cities that you could get arrested just for trick-or-treating.

What’s the right age to make that transition away from trick-or-treating each Halloween? For most people, there’s no clear answer.

Some of us continue to dress up and attend Halloween parties our entire lives and that’s perfectly OK. LeBron James, one of the most successful people on the planet, practically demands that his teammates and friends take part in his extravegant Halloween costume parties each year.


But one town in Virginia is making headlines for a city ordinance that literally makes it illegal for anyone over the age of 12 to go trick or treating.

And violating the law could earn you a fine up to $100 or … literally SIX MONTHS IN JAIL. You know, halfway toward the next Halloween. Gulp.

A copy of the Cheasapeake, Virginia city ordinance (established in 1970) recently went viral on Facebook and reads like this:

“If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as ‘trick or treat’ or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”

And the “fun” doesn’t end there.

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There’s also a Halloween curfew of 8pm, again threatening jail time (this time “only” up to 30 days) for anyone who fails to comply.

Though before we place all the blame on little ole’ Cheasapeake, it turns out there are 9 cities in Virginia alone with their own bizarre Halloween laws, which you can read here.

But all 9 cities have the same stunning law in common of banning trick or treating by anyone over the age of 12.

We have a feeling some long-forgotten state politician was once seriously traumatized by a 13-year-old bully who showed up to their house dressed as Justin Bieber and demanding a Family Size Snickers, or else.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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People have clearly missed their free treats.

The COVID-19 pandemic had us waving a sad farewell to many of life’s modern conveniences. And where it certainly hasn’t been the worst loss, not having free samples at grocery stores has undoubtedly been a buzzkill. Sure, one can shop around without the enticing scent of hot, fresh artisan pizza cut into tiny slices or testing out the latest fancy ice cream … but is it as joyful? Not so much.

Trader Joe’s, famous for its prepandemic sampling stations, has recently brought the tradition back to life, and customers are practically dancing through the aisles.


On the big comeback weekend, people flocked to social media to share images and videos of their free treats, including festive Halloween cookies (because who doesn’t love TJ’s holiday themed items?) along with hopeful messages for the future.
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She's enjoying the big benefits of some simple life hacks.

James Clear’s landmark book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. The book is incredibly popular because it has a simple message that can help everyone. We can develop habits that increase our productivity and success by making small changes to our daily routines.

"It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis,” James Clear writes. “It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.”

His work proves that we don’t need to move mountains to improve ourselves, just get 1% better every day.

Most of us are reluctant to change because breaking old habits and starting new ones can be hard. However, there are a lot of incredibly easy habits we can develop that can add up to monumental changes.

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