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How Old is Too Old to Trick-Or-Treat?

Confession time: I trick-or-treated well into high school. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a bag full of suckers. I'm also a big fan of dressing up and running around town in a sugar-induced frenzy. (Although these days, it's more like a nacho-induced frenzy.) But now that I'm older, the vision of costumed teenagers with brown paper sacks, chanting those three sing-song syllables at my doorstep, is a little disconcerting. What do you think?


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lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
i think its fine for adults to trick or treat in a decent manner and not acting like a child.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I was tall for my age, at my full height of 5'5" when I was 11, and I looked a little older than I was. My best friend was almost 2 years younger than me, but also pretty tall (she's now about 5'9"). I was heartbroken when people started saying "aren't you a little old for this?" Some of them were really reluctant to give me candy. A couple might have refused... I can't remember. I kept at it until I was 14 though. Even meanies couldn't keep me away from free candy! I had to work harder on the costumes though...
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
I think once you reach a certain age you shouldn't invaid the little ones space. You had your turn - not it is time to be an adult and throw your own party with your own candy!! Yah!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I give them candy too, but it does secretly annoy me. And last year, this teenage punk kid rode his *^@% bicycle up to my front door and then knocked my candy bowl on the ground, laughing! It totally ruined my night. I love seeing the cute little kids and even the sweet teenagers all dressed up, but guys like that are the reason why I'm the Halloween Grinch this year.
Soapboxer Soapboxer 9 years
My best friendconvinced me to go trick or treating when we were 16 that was pretty sad.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I think the attitude is important regardless of age. I've seen 8-year-olds be malicious as well when it comes to holidays.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
It depends on the teenagers' attitudes towards trick-or-treating. If they're really into the spirit of fun and not be malicious with it, then I think it's great. It's almost like wondering how old is too old to stop believing in Santa Claus.
lifer_refil lifer_refil 9 years
Greggie, agreed. I'd much rather they be out enjoying the tradition than out getting into trouble. Plus, we only have one under twelve and I LOVE making costumes.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I don't agree with the poll options, though. (Shocker, I know.) I'd give them the same amount of candy I have any trick or treater.
NyckieRocks NyckieRocks 9 years
i agree Greggie... unless they are those teens that just run up "give me candy" and take off. :P But I'm all for it if they are really getting into the spirit!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
As long as you have fun with it, Trick or Treat. I don't care how old you are. I love seeing teenagers out having fun on Halloween just as much as I love seeing toddlers.
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