You can go to jail in this Virginia town for trick-or-treating at the wrong age.
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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.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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