At What Age is a Kid Too Old to Trick-or-Treat?

By Kara Headley


Guess what?  This is a trick question; no treats here.

At what age is a kid too old to trick-or-treat?  Well, the answer is right within the question.

Halloween is, in my humble opinion, the best holiday for a kid.  A holiday full of hanging out with friends, dressing in silly costumes, and eating candy until you make yourself sick.  There’s no three hour car rides to a random aunt’s house, no obligations to make awkward small talk with distant relatives, no pretending to like the gifts that were given to you.  Halloween is just for you and your friends, and that’s what childhood is all about- being free to have a good time and just be young.

In our world, everything seems to move so fast.  Everything we could need seems to be right at our fingertips- information, communication, people, places, connections.  You can talk with someone on the other side of the world in a matter of seconds.  By no means am I implying that this is a negative thing – our world is progressing faster and faster with each second.  Every day is a day for discovery; every day is a day for adventure.  But is there a point where our world moves too quickly?

I’m tired.  I can only speak for myself, but having responsibilities is tiring.  Climbing out of bed, working, studying, getting back into bed – life, at many points, is just a vicious cycle, and it’s hard to break this.  To convince yourself to be spontaneous, to do something new, to break that routine.  When it comes down to it, being an adult kind of sucks.

Childhood is fleeting- you only have one chance at being a kid.  Then you have to actually do things.  Yuck.

So back to the original question: At what age is a kid too old to go Trick-or-Treating?  The keyword here is kid.  Halloween is a holiday designed for kids to have fun and be just that- kids.  So, in conclusion, a kid is never too old for trick-or-treating.

To all those adults who like to stomp on a kid’s fun, to tell them that they’re too old, that they need to go home or to grow up, how about you take a step back.  First of all, you cannot determine the age of someone just by looking at them – many kids look much older than they really are, but that does not change the fact that they are, in fact, still children.  Next, take a step back from your own life, and remember what it was like to be a kid.  Remember what it was like to be young on Halloween, to dress up, to go out with friends.

A kid is never too old for Halloween, never too old to trick-or-treat.  Let’s let them have today.

Happy Halloween.




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