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Help a Mom: What to do when kids have outgrown trick-or-treating

Posted October 29, 2013

A friend, whose kids are in high school and college, posed this question on Facebook the other day. 

Here's what she wrote:

What do you do when your kids have outgrown the usual Halloween trick or treat tradition? Any ideas on how to make new traditions for Halloween?

I actually trick or treated right through my senior year of high school. And I have vivid memories of local college students asking for candy too on Oct. 31. But I know that most kids these days seem to stop trick-or-treating by the time they get to high school. In fact, Oxford, N.C., says that traditional trick-or-treating is only for kids 12 and under, according to the town's website.

So how have families with older kids marked the holiday together? 

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  • gmhfay Oct 31, 2013

    let them have a halloween party!

  • amdgoog Oct 30, 2013

    Have a Dia de Muertos celebration -- make chocolate and sugar skulls (use skull-shaped ice cube trays), bake special bread, decorate with colorful paper flowers and marigolds, play music, and tell stories about your ancestors.

  • pulstar40 Oct 30, 2013

    Throw a party! Watch some scary movies together. Build your first fire in the fireplace or outside in a fire pit and tell ghost stories while sipping hot cider. Have the older kids decorate your house in anticipation of the Trick or Treaters...and then dress up. The kids may even be able to make some extra money by walking the kiddies around the neighborhood. They can volunteer at a local Harvest Festival.

  • fuzzmom Oct 30, 2013

    How do you outgrow trick or treating? Apparently a lot of adults in Chapel Hill and Greenville didn't get the memo.

  • oish2003 Oct 30, 2013

    The reason we were all stuck home as teenagers giving out candy on Halloween was because we'd get grounded for playing with eggs, shaving cream and toilet paper the night before on mischief night (or Goosey/Gate Night depending on your neck of the woods).

  • beaupeep Oct 29, 2013

    You put them at the door, handing out candy.