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The appropriate age to stop trick-or-treating

Denaya Lewis, Opinion Editor

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How old is too old to trick or treat? While a majority of parents didn’t agree on a specific age, they did specify a range. Seventy-three percent of more than 2,000 respondents of a Facebook poll said kids should stop trick-or-treating between the ages of 12 and 17. 

There is a consensus that once you reach your ‘teen’ years, you need to be doing something else with your evening than going door to door collecting candy. Many adults would not give candy to teenagers who come to their doors. 

Most teenagers stop dressing up and trick-or-treating somewhere between the ages of 12 and 16 but that doesn’t necessarily mean its bad etiquette for them to go door-to-door, as long as they are polite while out on the streets. 

Honestly, there are so many terrible other things that teenagers could be doing on Halloween like drugs, drinking, underage driving etc. I think teenagers coming to your door, engaging in safe activities, should be the least of our worries. 

As long as teenagers are respectful and use good manners, I think they should receive candy. Just because they are teenagers doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to have safe legal fun.  

Being a teenager doesn’t mean you need to stop engaging in things like trick or treating. Age doesn’t always determine mental age or special needs. You may see a teenager but inside they could still be a child.  

Overall, I believe anybody who comes to your door on October 31st should receive candy, regardless of age. Giving away candy to respectful teenagers should not be a problem, especially if they are dressed up in the spirit of Halloween. This holiday should be able to be celebrated by everyone. Teenagers still get presents for Christmas and birthdays, so why should Halloween be any different?

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The appropriate age to stop trick-or-treating