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How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating?

“Aren’t you a little old to be trick or treating?” is something many of us have heard at one time or another. Is there a select age at which it no longer becomes socially acceptable to go out with our friends in our costumes to gather Halloween candy that we can trade and devour at the end of the night? Some may argue yes, but here’s why trick-or-treating should be an ageless pastime enjoyed by all ages, especially teens.

For the unfortunate souls who have not experienced the thrilling event of trick-or-treating, one usually dresses up in a costume of their choice and in a small group goes from door to door gathering candy in a bag of one’s choice. At the end of the night, with a bag teeming with packaged chocolates and sweets waiting to be devoured, a very important business deal goes down as one trades away unwanted candies for tastier ones in another person’s bag.  After this is done, it is finally time to dig into the spoils! For many kids, this is a holiday that comes with a lot of anticipation and excitement to display a costume and have the opportunity to hang out with friends.

However, as more teens are seeking to be more “mature” in aspects of their lives, they are quick to throw away this fun and exciting activity that they deem “childish.” For many high schoolers, countless changes are occurring in their lives with friend groups changing, new responsibilities, harder classes, etc.  It seems like a relaxing activity such as trick-or-treating would want to be kept constant in their lives, but in reality, it’s one of the first to go. Encouraged by both peers and adults, kids are sent the message that they are too old to partake in Halloween festivities as early as in their first year of high school.

I believe that this action gives kids the message that they have to start maturing way too “fast; kids should be allowed to enjoy childishly fun events while they still have time because when they are older, they may look back and regret losing out.  Allowing high school kids to enjoy themselves in trick-or-treating is a step that can be taken to deter kids from partaking in dangerous activities that can be seen as “adult-like” in nature.  

If there was meant to be an age limit at which you have to stop trick-or-treating, I’m sure it would have been implemented.  Trick-or-treating should be an ageless pastime. So next time the question arises of whether or not you’re too old to be trick-or-treating, drown that question out with the noise of open candy wrappers.

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