Abigail Price ‘20: As summer dwindles to an end and the fall festivities begin, Halloween approaches quickly. Many spooky activities appear in spirit of Halloween such as haunted houses, haunted hay rides, scary movies marathons, etc. Store racks fill with costumes ready for trick-or-treaters, sparking the debated question that occurs every year: At what age do kids become too old to go trick-or-treating?

The origins of trick-or-treating trace back to Europe during the Middle Ages, but took until the 1920’s to reach the United States. The intent of trick-or-treating on Halloween revolves around kids. However, what defines a kid?

“I think you should stop trick-or-treating when you get in high school” Ava Tocco ‘20 said.

Along with Tocco, many people view high schoolers as too old to trick-or-treat. Teenagers look scary to young children roaming alongside them on the streets. The difference in both appearance and maturity between a seven year old and seventeen year old becomes the issue. A seven year old cannot distinguish the difference between a teenager and grown adult.

“High schoolers just look weird next to all the kids out there” Tocco said.

On the contrary, the argument unveils as people believe all ages, even high schoolers, have the right to enjoy this holiday to its full extent.

“It’s totally fine if high schoolers go trick-or-treating as long as they dress up in costumes so they don’t stand out” Shannyn McDonough ‘20 said.

Very few, if any, other chances for free candy occur during the year. No matter the age, kids deserve to enjoy the opportunity. Why not splurge on eating pounds of candy one time a year? Trick-or-treating gives teenagers a chance to enjoy time with their friends instead of watching all the little kids take the candy they secretly want.

Clearly, this heated debate about the age of trick-or-treaters still remains unanswered. Is it okay for high schoolers to trick-or-treat still? What age do you think is “too old?”

Sources:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-history-of-trick-or-treating-is-weirder-than-you-thought-79408373/

https://torange.biz/halloween-pumpkin-candy-46155

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