How old is too old to trick treat?

 Many people question if there should or should not be an age limit to go trick or treating.
Many people question if there should or should not be an age limit to go trick or treating.
Ella Wachtel

Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition and a rite of passage for many. Most people have been trick or treating since they were little, but as they get older, less and less trick-or-treat. This is due in part to the notion that adults and teenagers see trick-or-treating as a “kids” thing. But how old is too old?

Halloween is a day where everybody is allowed to dress up however they want. For some, trick-or-treating is the highlight of Halloween. 

Junior Marcus Andres said, “I’ve been trick-or-treating since I was 5,” and that it means a lot to him. 

But teenagers and young adults are often told they’re too old to trick-or-treat. The age that’s considered “too old” is often disputed by many adults; they believe that kids should stop once they reach their teens. But others think it’s okay to continue until they graduate high school. 

For many, trick-or-treating is the main attraction of Halloween, but it’s also considered a kids activity and this leads to a decline in participation as kids begin to reach adolescence. 

Some municipalities even restrict who is allowed to trick or treat. For example, Apex, NC’s municipal code states, “Sec. 14-18. – Halloween restrictions. (a) No person over 12 years of age shall engage in the practice of “trick-or-treating” at any time.”
Trick-or-treating is an activity for all regardless of age. Halloween is meant to be a holiday of fun and kids should be allowed to enjoy themselves however they want. How people choose to spend their Halloween shouldn’t be determined by their age. 

Andres said “Trick-or-treating brings the community together” and that laws restricting trick-or-treating at certain ages are “pointless.

 Laws restricting trick-or-treating convey  the idea that there is an age at which you have to stop trick-or-treating which hurts the Halloween spirit. 

These laws are put in place to protect kids who are trick-or-treating but do little as not only are they rarely enforced, but older trick-or-treaters are not the danger to younger kids. 

According to the organization Safe Kids USA, Kids are more than twice as likely to get hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.

No one should be shunned for trick or treating, regardless of if they’re an adult or a kid. 

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