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Right age to stop trick-or-treating?

Posted October 10, 2011

I'm curious about what you think is the right age for a child to stop going door to door asking for candy at Halloween?

I ask because my cashier at Walgreens this morning told me that she plans to go out trick-or-treating again this year. She is 19 but could pass for a younger teen in costume.

I have spoken with a number of people who don't pass out candy anymore because so many people bring kids in by the carload to their neighborhoods and many of them are teens. They just don't think it is right to spend $20 or more on candy for kids who are rather old and don't even live in their neighborhood.



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  • Supie Oct 11, 2011

    well, traditionally the answer may be found in the title "trick or treat". I'd rather have the "older" kids dressing up and smiling when i answer the door than.... doing what my brother and i did (oops shouldn't have told...)

  • carolekelly Oct 11, 2011 can take your children anywhere you like. I'm sure there's a nearby subdivision you can visit or the neighborhood of a friend. Go. Have fun!

  • rebmich2001 Oct 11, 2011

    I have a question for everyone. Is it okay if I take my child to a neighborhood for trick-or-treating since we live out in the country with only two other houses within walking distance? Thanks in advance for your responses?

  • carolekelly Oct 11, 2011

    I have no objection to teens Trick or Treating. It's fun, it's free candy, and as long as they're not vandalizing the neighborhood, what's the harm. I find the older ones usually come later in the evening, so if I've still got candy to give...they're welcome to it! None has every complained or been rude. My light stays on until the candy is gone.

  • KLW Oct 11, 2011

    We had several teenagers last year who complained because we apparently didn't give them enough. It makes you want to just keep the light off and not waste your money!

  • Oxymoron02 Oct 11, 2011

    My husband says, "It depends upon the costume. If you're 20, and put a lot of effort into your costume, you're into it, I'll give you candy. If somebody is out to have fun, they're going to look cool, they deserve candy."

    We then talked about the roving bands of teenagers wearing Scream masks showing up to take all our leftover candy at the end of the night. They don't deserve it.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 10, 2011

    Thanks for your feedback everyone! I appreciate the different points of view.

  • pirategirl12 Oct 10, 2011

    If the teens are dressed up and are out and about having good clean fun, I will gladly toss a few pieces of candy in their bags. They could be doing a WHOLE lot worse!

  • lhansen3 Oct 10, 2011

    I don't think there really is an age limit to trick-or-treating. I think it is a fun event for people of all ages as long as they are dressed up and truly participating in the holiday. For the person who left the nasty comment below about the "oversized Moms", I just want to say that this world would be a much nicer place for everyone if the un-necessary negativity toward others was put to rest. Young or old, big or small the holiday is about seeing all the great costumes and sharing some candy. If it isn't "your" thing it would just be best to keep your lights turned off and not participate at all.

  • dancingdesserts Oct 10, 2011

    I think teens going door to door trick-or-treating is a bit extreme. Everyone in my family stopped at the age of twelve or younger. Seems the teens could go to a halloween party or other halloween activity. As for those talking about Moms bringing their little ones to get candy for theirselves is a bit over the top. Last year I took my 13 month old trick or treating in town and let him ride in a stoller because that's a lot of walking for a 13 month old and a lot of the givers acted like the candy was for us (the parents). I thought it was totally ridiculous because I think its fun for kids to dress up and trick or treat. What is the harm in giving out one piece of candy. The candy was for my kid not for me. Yeah I ate a piece or two ....but what parent doesn't:)