Teenagers Trick-or-Treating: Teens Should Be Able to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween Because They're Still Kids by Dawn Taylor
Why would anyone have an issue with older kids trick-or-treating on Halloween? Those kids who come to your door that look a little older are still kids.
That age when kids are stressed about grades, peer pressure and life in general becoming more serious is tough. Teens should not be shamed for wanting to enjoy a night just being a carefree kid.
While my teens don't have any desire to go door to door, I know they will miss the excitement of trick-or-treating. Getting into their costumes, walking up someone's sidewalk thinking about what treats (or tricks!) await them, dumping their candy from pillowcases onto the living room floor and having their massive trade session to get their hands on their favorite treats are all things that they loved.
I live in a college town and last year there were college kids trick-or-treating. I loved seeing this, as it surely took a little stress out of their crazy college schedules. Not to mention it gave them plenty of snacks to fuel their late-night study sessions.
Let's not forget that some of those "big" kids might not be teens at all but kids who grew quickly. There is a girl in our community who hit 6 foot, 2 inches in sixth grade. Should she opt out simply because her genetics make her look older than other kids? Should we now ask for I.D. when kids knock on the door?
I say, let teens be kids. They grow up too fast anyway and a night trick-or-treating is better than the many other things they could be doing. Happy Halloween!
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