Should teenagers go trick-or-treating?

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Mariana Cardoso, Reporter

       When are kids too old to go trick-or-treating? Parents can’t pick a specific cut-off age but a poll has shown that between 12-17 years old is a good age for kids to stop trick-or-treating. However, a recent Facebook post has recently gone viral for persuading parents giving out candy not to shame teens for trick-or-treating but to give them candy. People argue that everyone should get candy no matter their age on Halloween.

      The post going viral reads, “For those passing out candy this year, can you please take into consideration giving candy to teenagers and not shaming them for trick-or-treating by saying ‘aren’t you too old to be doing this?’” The post has been shared for more than 4,000 times and has close to 500 comments. The post continues stating to “Just take a second to think, would you rather them be out drinking and driving putting not only their life in danger but possibly you and/or your child’s life in danger? Or would you rather them knocking on your door getting candy? Think about that before you turn down candy to one of them. I’d rather see my teen doing this than something dangerous. Just because they’re 16 doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to have a little safe, legal fun. Also size doesn’t always determine mental age or special need. You may see a teenager, but they may still relate as a younger child!”

      “I went trick-or-treating this year with my family and I never got told that I was too old to be trick-or-treating. I did however notice that I get less candy every year and I think that has to do with me being a teenager,” said Noemi Ruiz (‘19).

       Anyone should be able to go trick-or-treating but teens can be rude and disrespectful. Families refuse to open the door to anyone over a certain height. Teens also the lack effort in dressing up. You can never be sure if it’s a teenager wearing all black or someone dangerous. I think it’s fair that tots get more candy because they’re cute and small, they don’t cause any harm. Some teens are a hazard to others trick-or-treating. They go to houses late and have zero respect to families that aren’t responsive. They drive poorly endangering others. They go in large groups, often intimidating kids and elderly people. If teens could behave people would be more likely to open the door. Teens should be able to have fun on Halloween but trick-or-treating isn’t the only option, they can have a party with parent supervision or hand out candy.