How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

Emma Hoffman
staff writer

Halloween is a night full of fun and sugar that dates back to ancient times. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. This later led to the modern day celebration of Halloween.

Trick or treating is a Halloween ritual that people participate in across the world. Children go door to door asking for candy, in various costumes.

When is it considered “too” old to trick or treat. There isn’t a specific set age of when you have to stop it depends on the person.

For young children trick or treating is a fun activity that they look forward to doing each year. Halloween and trick or treating usually appeal to those of younger ages.

As children grow into their teen years they tend to stop trick or treating. It is said that as teens we are too old to be dressing up and asking for candy.

While many teens may stop trick or treating, some still continue to go.

Students in high school have different views on trick or treating and when it’s considered “too old”. Sophomore Sachin Krishna Rogers said, “I stopped trick or treating in seventh grade and I think that’s when it’s considered too old, and it doesn’t appeal to me to dress up and get candy.”

Students may have a set age on when they think kids should stop trick or treating. Junior Riya Kohli said, “I think that when you turn 13 it’s time to stop going; it’s intended for younger children and it’s not meant for older kids to be participating in.”

For teens as you enter high school parties and staying inside are more common and that’s what stops them from trick or treating. Junior William Margarites said, “On Halloween I have plans with my friends and don’t have time to trick or treat anymore, I think as a junior it’s too old to be trick or treating.”

While some may think there is an age where you shouldn’t be trick or treating some still enjoy the fun tradition. Freshman Brooke Pitt said, “I still go trick or treating with my friends and it’s really fun when we get to dress up and eat candy. I don’t think there is an age where you need to stop going.”

Students continue to go trick or treating no matter what people think about being too old. Freshman Sean Snyder said, “My parents think I’m too old to go trick or treating, but I think you are never too old and I go every year with my friends and plan on going this year.”

While there are different opinions on trick or treating and being too old it’s truly up to the person. You are never too old to participate in a fun tradition.

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