Too Old for Trick or Treating?

Too Old for Trick or Treating?

Halloween, one of America’s most celebrated holidays, has been around for almost 2000 years. With such a long history, the traditions associated with Halloween have become very popular. One of which is the famous “Trick or Treating”.

Trick or treating is a customary practice for children on Halloween, in which they don costumes, and travel from house to house, repeating the phrase “Trick or Treat”, and receiving candy and snacks. This tradition is extremely popular among kids, millions of whom participate each year. However, with its increasing popularity, questions regarding this tradition begin to arise. One of the most asked and controversial being: How old is too old for trick or treating?

Every year, despite the fact that most kids are having a great time, there exist many teenagers who are in that awkward phase where they can no longer be treated as children anymore, but still haven’t reached adulthood. They often complain about how they are too old for trick or treating, and can no longer enjoy the spirit or have the fun they used to. Moreover, the people who open their doors to trick or treaters have similar complaints. They say they feel uncomfortable when teenagers who — in their opinion — are too old for trick or treating, come and ask them for candy. With the phrase “too old” being mentioned multiple times, it drives one to wonder: How old is too old?

Personally speaking, I believe one can never be too old for trick or treating, Yes, it may be awkward for an adult or a fully grown teenager to knock on doors and ask for candy. However, Halloween is not just about trick or treating. It’s the spirit and the fun we have that matters. As Diane, a fan of WCPO, writes on the WCPO Facebook:

I don’t think there should be an age limit for when kids should have to stop trick or treating as long as they are respectful of others, in costume, and aren’t acting up in front of the younger kids.”

However, other people have different opinions on when one should stop trick or treating. Connie Hall, another fan of WCPO, says that she believes by the time a child starts high school, he or she should stop trick or treating because they are mature enough to buy their own candy.

As we can see, people’s thoughts differ regarding the age limit for trick or treating. Some believe it is never too old, while others contest that 13 years is old enough to stop trick or treating. However, it’s not the age that really counts. What is most important is that we all have fun, enjoy the spirit of the festival,  and celebrate it wholeheartedly. As long as we are happy, we shouldn’t worry too much about our age.