How Old Is Too Old To Trick-Or-Treat?
For years, I have passed out candy in a local Augusta neighborhood. I’ve also taken my kids trick-or-treating around the same neighborhood. One thing that has always raised concern for me is the amount of older kids who are trick-or-treating. It’s always made me wonder, how old is too old to trick-or-treat? So here are my thoughts on the subject.
I draw the line at high school. The line could be drawn a little sooner, but I’m trying to be nice. So, for my family, I have 2 kids who will not be trick-or-treating this year. In my opinion, trick-or-treating is a ‘younger’ activity. There are still many ways for those older kids to enjoy Halloween related activities. Here are just a few suggestions for the older kids:
- If dressing up in costume is something they enjoy, have them participate in a local Haunted House.
- This year have them pass out the candy. It doesn’t have to be boring. Be creative and scare the unsuspecting trick-or-treaters OR
- Have them dress up and take the younger siblings trick-or-treating
- Let them have a Halloween party! Or, let them go to one…BUT make sure you know all the details. Remember, you’re their parent…not their friend.
But, of course, trick-or-treating can be good wholesome fun to do with the family…and for some, age doesn’t matter. If going door to door and collecting candy is unavoidable, I have a few simple requests:
- Use your manners. You, too, NEED to say ‘Trick-or-Treat’ and ‘Thank You’
- Be the example to the younger kids. Wear a costume that doesn’t make you look like a….well….’unlady like’. Nobody wants to see a 13 year old Playboy Bunny
- Wear a costume. Slapping a on a sweatshirt and saying you’re ‘Justin Bieber’ doesn’t count. Put thought and creativity into your costume.
- Don’t cut off little kids. Let them go first. Help the little ones.