Talk About Town: How Old is Too Old to Trick-or-Treat?

When you see teenagers trick-or-treating do you gladly give them treats, or do you turn them away? When are you too old to trick or treat?

Amid clusters of impossibly cute costumed kids on Halloween night, you get other trick-or-treaters who don't seem to fit in. Maybe it's that they are older than the rest, or show up in plain clothes with not even a face mask in sight. But is that a deal-breaker, or is everyone welcome to claim candy on your porch on Halloween?

Growing up, I loved trick-or-treating and I was one of those who dressed up and went trick or treating all through high school. I would take my younger brother along as my cover so if people asked why I was out, I simply said I was being a nice sister and taking him trick or treating.

Now that I own a house and pass out candy, I see several teens going around on Halloween gathering treats. I gladly pass out candy to anyone that comes to my door, but I know others who get upset that the older kids go around collecting candy.

So, White Lake-Highland Patch wants to know:

When should kids stop with the trick-or-treating?

Cindy October 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I agree, I think the teens have a lot of fun and imagination with their costumes, I think you should be able to trick or treat till you get out of high school. Its a fun night for all, the candy takers and givers. ENJOY
Terri White October 17, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I went as a teenager, but I always had a costume. I think that if you are going to go, you have to do your part and dress up, unless you are chaperoning/babysitting other kids. However, I always thought it was great fun to dress up, and still do when I take my kids out.
Loretta Bradfield October 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
being from a family where I was not allowed to trick or treat until I was 14 I did trick and trick until I was 17... we were very frustrated with my father. I know that's not most case. The teens with no costume are a different story.
Jason Alexander (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I went when I was a senior in high school and had a blast! I was in full costume, but got plenty of dirty looks....
elyse October 17, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Wear a costume no matter the age- I will gladly give you candy! PLEASE SAY THANK YOU!
Kristin Bull October 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Love that you took your younger brother along for trick-or-treating "as a cover," Brooke!
Jennifer October 25, 2012 at 08:32 PM
As long a person dresses up, is respectful and behaves I don't think there should be age limit.
Jennifer October 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Sorry I meant NO age limit.


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