Students’ Ideas On: Too Old to Trick-or-Treat?

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Trick-or-Treating. The very words conjure an image of children wearing costumes, spooky decor, and bags full of candy. Many times one can even see teenagers taking part in the joyous festivities. However, many times these teens experience the joy dissipating when they’re asked by adults, “Aren’t you too old to trick-or-treat?” But the true question is when is too old to trick-or-treat?

I continue because I enjoy the spirit of Halloween…and I get free candy.”

— Lucas Lee

In order to better understand what makes someone “too old”, several students were asked whether or not they still trick-or-treated. The majority, saying yes, were then asked why. Onika Durham revealed that she still trick-or-treats in order to supervise her younger sister. Lucas Lee, another student who trick-or-treats, said, “I continue because I enjoy the spirit of Halloween…and I get free candy.”

However, there were a few people who gave up trick or treating. Aurora┬áRosario Lopez stopped trick-or-treating for religious purposes and Lindsay Bowman stopped last year saying that she felt too old and, “Its awkward when you go to someone’s house and they’re the same age as you.”

Some parents also have opinions on when is “too old to trick-or-treat”. Mr. Paine, a chemistry teacher, said that his son, who is in middle school, still trick-or-treats, but feels that, for some teens, high school is too old.

With Halloween coming just around the corner, we’ll just have to wait and see. Who knows, maybe more teens trick-or-treat than we thought, or maybe more teens stay home or go to parties than predicted. The only way to know for sure is by waiting until the highly anticipated October 31.